Irving Aaronson: Let's Misbehave – as heard in Woody Allen's Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex (1972) and Bullets Over Broadway (1994)


Let's Misbehave


Irving Aaronson and his Commanders


Woody Allen Film Music (Sound Track Factory SFCD44413)

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Unidentified musicians led by Irving Aaronson (piano)


Composed by Cole Porter


Recorded: Camden, NJ, March 1, 1928


Rating: 92/100 (learn more)

In 1922, between cocktails, F. Scott Fitzgerald christened the Jazz Age, which thereupon lived up to its moniker with gay abandon—bringing us to Cole Porter, whose song "Let's Misbehave" shows how promiscuously jazz by the late 1920s had debauched Western civilization. Here is a popular dance band laden with such antiquities as fiddles, tuba and splash cymbals, yet their rakish syncopation and scat vocal chorus are as modern as the Chrysler Building. "Let's Misbehave" ain't jazz, but sure is jazzy. Plus it's more campy fun than Cole Porter's coming-out party, which we hear was simply to die for, darlings.

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz


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