Listen to St. Vincent’s Remake of the ‘Golden Girls’ Theme
Annie Clark, better known as St. Vincent, has taken the theme to a beloved sitcom and given it a new twist. She's taken Andrew Gold's "Thank You for Being a Friend," best known as the theme from The Golden Girls, and slowed it down to a crawl.
She recently tweeted, "I remade the Golden Girls theme song into a dirge. #thankyouforbeingafriend," and embedded a video that used a promotion photo of Bea Arthur (Dorothy), Betty White (Rose), Rue McLanahan (Blanche) and Estelle Getty (Sophia).
That said, it's all but impossible to hear any of the song's defining characteristics in her arrangement. Maybe she simply created two minutes worth of moody, atmospheric synth work and didn't know what to do with it, so she jokingly decided to call it a cover of a tune that sounds nothing like it. Her take on the Rolling Stones' "Emotional Rescue" was much more identifiable. Still, Clark's sense of humor has been on display recently. Two weeks ago, she performed at a benefit concert for her drummer's sick son while dressed as a toilet.
Released by Gold, who rose to fame through his instrumental and arranging work on Linda Ronstadt's career-making records, in 1978, "Thank You for Being a Friend" reached No. 25 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 15 on their Adult Contemporary chart. It was re-recorded by Cynthia Fee for The Golden Girls, which ran on NBC from 1985 to 1992. The song has often been featured in an ironic context in pop culture, such as when Arby's said goodbye to Jon Stewart after years of him mocking them on The Daily Show.
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