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Barnabas Collins Meets The Carpenters

Reveal yourself, tiny songstress!

While Tim Burton's Dark Shadows film made io9's 10 Most Disastrous Vampire Comedies of [dramatic pause] All Time, after watching it for myself last night, my opinion is much kinder: I liked it.


Now, I did not watch the original TV series, but given the fact that I drink in cheap, campy horror movies from the likes of Hammer Films and Roger Corman, this movie was not entirely an unexpected delight. However, my intent here is not to focus on what I liked about a wonderful old gothic mansion, splotched with brightly colored 1970s shag carpeting, or the performances of Depp, Eva Green, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Jackie Earle Haley.

One of my favorite scenes is actually a very cliche let's-rebuild-ourselves-and-start-anew type montage that plays out to the tune of "Top of the World" from The Carpenters.

I've never been a huge Carpenters fan (enjoy their songs, but haven't been one to play them on my own), but have always recognized the catchiness of their tunes and the inherent talent between the brother and sister duo. The Top of the World track continued to percolate in my mind today and sent me YouTubing for videos of their old performances. I am so glad I did just to watch in awe of Karen's talent as she bangs the drums with perfect timing and flair while beautifully singing in that haunting voice of hers at the same time.


The following video montage is very appropriately titled Karen Carpenter: Kickass Drummer. I set the video link to begin a little ways in with my favorite clip, which I believe is from a 1972 performance in Australia, but it's worth playing all the way through.

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And without doge-like hyperbole, I say: Amazing. Fantastic. Wow. When musicians shoot the bull, they often list off their favorite drummers of all time. Usually it's always the same list consisting of Buddy Rich, John Bonham, Mitch Mitchell, Neil Peart, etc. How Karen Carpenter isn't cited among them is beyond me. Not even acknowledged in a Rolling Stone top 100. The world definitely lost her too soon and while it's not like she's been forgotten, it's still a shame that her talent isn't recognized more broadly.

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