"I Love, I Love, I Love My Wife—But Oh! You Kid!"
June 3, 2014 1:09 AM Subscribe
Ragtime’s slaves-to-the-rhythm weren’t just figments of Billy Sunday’s fevered imagination—and “I Love, I Love, I Love My Wife—But Oh! You Kid!” wasn’t just a novelty ditty. It was, like the other hits of its era, a generational marker, an anthem of changing times and freedom and youth. The old songs sound goofy to us, but a hundred years ago they carried a teenybopper throb and the impish menace of punk rock.
Lengthy (6000 words) link-rich article by Jody Rosen at Slate.
posted by cgc373 (17 comments total)
29 users marked this as a favorite