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Vintage Video: Rodney Dangerfield “Rappin’ Rodney”

May 21st, 2008 · 6 Comments

I don’t think I’ve ever actually seen Rodney Dangerfield’s actual stand-up set (note to self: do that), but like most Americans who grew up with a steady diet of television watching in the 1980s and 1990s, I know his schtick like it was written on the inside of my eyelids. The thing about Rodney Dangerfield was, well, he just didn’t get any respect. And he didn’t neglect to mention this any time he spoke. My two biggest Rodney Dangerfield memories are of his classic cross-dressing kids sports flick Ladybugs and his not-so-classic kids cartoon feature Rover Dangerfield, in which Dangerfield voices a dog who, in a bizarre twist that eerily parallels the man himself, doesn’t get any respect.

“Rappin’ Rodney,” released in 1983, is something I totally missed out on as a kid. This is unfortunate because it’s pretty much a three-and-a-half-minute greatest hits version of Dangerfield’s high-larious one-liners in rap form, which I bet I would’ve appreciated when I was 7. Now that I’m an adult, it’s not as funny in the sense Rodney originally intended, maybe because the jokes are all trimmed to fit in rhyming couplets (”Steak and sex, my favorite pair / I have them both the same way, very rare!”), but mostly because it’s incredibly cheesy.

Rappin’ Rodney
Bet that instrumental version was just tearin’ up the dancefloors in ‘83

Musically, Rodney takes advantage of a generic, early-’80s electro-funk sound — a trendy choice. I’m sure that gave this number the extra boost it needed to reach #89 on the Billboard pop charts. I do appreciate Rodney’s pleas for death (hilarious!) and the weird guest appearances by Father Guido Sarducci and Pat Benatar. Hey, call me crazy, but I think it’s safe to say now that Persona Don Dada has uncovered this classic, Rodney Dangerfield will officially start getting the respect he deserves.

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  • 1 Vintage Video: The Only Ones “Another Girl, Another Planet” // May 28, 2008 at 10:56 pm

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    Im aa big fan of Rodney Dangerfield since “Back to School”

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    Is Roger Dangerfield still alive?

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    Ok i just googled him and he passed away in 2004 RIP

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