In many ways, animals are superior to we humans. Who is more loyal than the dog? More patient than the hunting cat? More industrious than the beaver?
Is it possible, then, that animals can also be better pop musicians than humans? The answer appears to be yes. Recall the dogs that delightfully bark "Jingle Bells" every Christmas. Or Mr. Meow, the cat who meow'd the incredibly catchy "Meow Mix" jingle. For that matter, what about Youtube's beloved hamster on a piano?
Which brings us to this week's guests: Alvin And The Chipmunks. The storied trio has won five Grammys--two more than the Rolling Stones have won--and sold millions of records over the years. Managed by David Seville--a good-natured, fair-minded man, like most people in the music industry--Alvin, Simon and Theodore first hit the big time in 1958, with "The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)." Since then, they've rarely left the public eye, scoring most recently with the 2007 live-action feature film, Alvin And The Chipmunks, which grossed over $350 million worldwide.
This week's video, "The Witch Doctor," comes from that movie and shows the boys at their best, bringing Seville--and us!--both heartbreak and joy. It is indeed our honor to say: Ladies and gentlemen...Alvin And The Chipmunks!
10 -- "Whaddaya mean, we scarcely look real?"
11 -- "You mean he's also eating popcorn on the piano? Hell, is he looking for management??"
12 -- "Oh, yeah? Well, you just tell Gummo that Alvin said anytime, anywhere!"