Today in the supermarket, the music system played two songs in a row from the genre known as "songs with lyrics so stupid that you love them." The first was "Tighten Up," by Archie Bell and the Drells, which begins (if my memory is correct): "Hi everybody! I'm Archie Bell and the Drells, from Houston, Texas! We don't only sing, but we dance just as good as we want!"
The rest of the song consists of Archie mainly singing, "Do the tighten up!" Occasionally he also sings, "Now make it mellow!" And the Drells do, because the essence of being a a Drell is knowing how to make it mellow, as well as how to tighten it up.
And THEN the supermarket sound system played another great stupid-lyric song, "Mister Big Stuff," by (I think) Jean Knight, which goes:
Mister Big Stuff!
Who do you think you are?
This song was popular when I was in high school, during the 17th century. I had a friend, Tom Parker, and for an entire year, every single time we passed each other in the halls of Pleasantville (N.Y.) High, one of us would shout, "Mister Big Stuff!" And the other one would answer: "Who do you think you are?" And it was funny every single time.
They don't write them like that any more. Or maybe they do, and I just don't understand what they're saying.