I think that, perhaps, Neil Sedaka could be one of the most brilliant men in existence in our time. Let us begin a short journey through this half-assed post wherein I try to pass off clicking around on a bunch of youtube videos and embedding them as an actually well thought out musical analysis (which I suppose you don't come here for anyway [if you're a moocher here for the mp3's just skip to the bottom!])
here we go:
I've known gaydars that could pierce through thick iron walls wrought from the deepest forges at the molten center of Detroit, alas my gaydar glands withered at birth and never went through the same growth spurt as my peers. but I can still see that Sedaka is as gay as two canarys in an appletini birdbath.
here's the classic Breaking Up (with your boyfriend) is Hard to Do
Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen:
watch how uncomfortable he is in this one:
Neil Sedaka with Fountains of Wayne at Joe's Pub (I was at this show, it was quite splendid).
His genius is possibly second only to mine. The funny thing is he has been famous for so long that he has the same demeanor of a dictator who will kill one for the slightest infraction, an index finger bend, a poorly placed butt-scratch, but does it with a sadistic sense of humor as well, like instead of putting one in front of a shooting squad he confines one into a room where only reality TV is playing. I love him. Here's some downloads for those who want them:
Neil Sedaka - Calendar Girl
Neil Sedaka - O, Carol
Neil Sedaka - Come Back Jo
Neil Sedaka - Lets Go Steady Again