Monday, July 24, 2017

Musical Interlude: Dr. Heckyll & Mr. Jive (1982)

Men at Work served up a left-handed homage to not only Robert Louis Stevenson's legendary literary classic, but also Jerry Lewis' original "Nutty Professor" with "Dr. Heckyll & Mr. Jive", the 3rd single from the album, "Cargo".

Dr. Heckyll (Greg Ham) is developing a potion that would improve his image. Two unsuspecting female guests take swigs of the potion, not realizing what it's for, and end up transformed into palm trees, much to Heckyll's disbelief. His emotional reaction triggers the transformation to Mr. Jive. Ham, in this form, looks like he wasn't sure if he wanted to emulate Richard Widmark or Frank Gorshin, or both.

Oh, what fun.

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