Most deliberately funny songs, especially from movies, are criminally underappreciated (South Park's “Blame Canada” lost at the Oscars to the earnest Phil Collins tune “You'll Be in My Heart” from Tarzan.)
Maybe I'm an easy sell, but put a funny guy in front of a piano singing about something entirely ridiculous, and it feels like comedic and musical gold (Jason Segel's ingenious “Dracula's Lament” from Forgetting Sarah Marshall sees frequent rotation on my iPod.) So I was all but giddy when Ed Helms took to the piano for “Stu's Song (What Do Tigers Dream Of?)” in this weekend's mega-successful The Hangover to croon about…the tiger they kidnapped from Mike Tyson and were about to drug in order to return it.
Naturally. Nevermind the fact that it's hilariously absurd (sample lyrics: “Don't you worry your pretty striped head/We're gonna get you back to Tyson/And your cozy tiger bed”) it's also unexpectedly melodic. The Office fans have always known Helms could carry a tune (he has serenaded both Pam and Angela), but nothing quite like this. Both “Stu's Song” and Zach Galifianakis' deliriously goofy “Three Best Friends” appear on The Hangover soundtrack.
While you have to buy the entire album to get Helms' ode on iTunes, it's honestly worth it (try to keep it together when he sings “Then we're gonna find our best friend Doug/And then we're gonna give him a best-friend hug.”) I can't think of a song so far this year that better encapsulates what the movie is about, nor one that garners such a positive reaction from audiences.
What did you think, MusicMixers? Is “Stu's Song” worthy of Oscar gold to you? Or were you too busy laughing to even hear it all? Watch the video below (yet another glorious, albeit, spoiler-filled trailer) to give it a listen.
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