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What tune is this song sung to?

Asked by flip86 (6029 points ) December 23rd, 2013

This song. At about the 1 minute mark. What is that tune? It is a classical song that is often used for parody. I’ve heard the original but don’t know the name. Please help me out. It’s driving me batty.

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dxs's avatar

It’s the can-can!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDbFbZCWhj4
It’s from Jacques Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld.
Wikipedia says that the famous section is Act 2, Scene 2 called “Infernal Galop”.

flip86's avatar

@dxs Thank you. I’d give you ten thumbs up if I could. Stupid me. I can’t believe it was so obvious. I’ve been trying to figure this out for a few years. The tune pops into my head every once in a while but until I heard the Christmas version I had no point of reference.

dxs's avatar

Don’t mention it! Now go do the can-can.

glacial's avatar

Worst version ever featuring Hugh Laurie, Stephen Fry, and Emma Thompson, among others.

CWOTUS's avatar

The title on the link didn’t give it away? Maybe you’d better lay off the egg nog.

gailcalled's avatar

@glacial: I knew, once again, I could count on you to brighten my day. Much funnier than all those reruns of Minty Python.

Seek's avatar

^ Minty Python. And Now For Something Completely Winterfresh!
nah…
Mintalot!
nah…
Every Certs is Sacred?

gailcalled's avatar

^^ That’s what happens when I dare blink. At least, it got your creative juices going. (I should give up the lists of horrible misspellings and misuses and start one of spell-check AI.)

CWOTUS's avatar

I’ve always wanted to see @Seek_Kolinahr do the Full Minty. A guy can dream, anyway.

LostInParadise's avatar

I always associate the can-can with burlesque shows. There is something about the tune that is humorous and slightly naughty. I wonder if it was actually used in burlesque.

gailcalled's avatar

The can-can was an intergral part of the 19th century French music hall repertoire, and was the original line dance, performed by only women.

Burlesque was a different genre. “A later use of the term, particularly in the United States, refers to performances in a variety show format. These were popular from the 1860s to the 1940s, often in cabarets and clubs, as well as theatres, and featured bawdy comedy and female striptease.”

I am sure that at some point, they overlapped.

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