Tom Lehrer sells out!

Well, sort of. This is a 1967 industrial film he did for Dodge.

You don’t remember th '67 Dodges, do you? Coronets and Chargers with REAL Hemis? Darts into which you could push a Hemi?

Tain’t selling out.

ETA: God, I’ve seen this before!

AND a Polara with a 440 Wedge!

After songs like New Math and Poisoning Pigeons in the Park, Tom Leher could do industrial films for napalm and he’d still be okay in my book.

Here’s what he said in an interview that appears to be from 2000:

Here’s one of the Electric Company songs:

Holy crap, that was Tom Lehrer? I haven’t heard that song since I was a kid, but I’ve always remembered “Immediate-L-Y”!

He also wrote and sang Silent E for The Electric Company.

Who can turn a cub … into a cube?
Who can turn a tub … into a tube?

The silent E in that cartoon always creeped me out a little. It seemed to have this permanent, open-mouthed demonic grin, like a gargoyle. Plus, it was going around turning perfectly innocent bystanders into inanimate objects — kind of like the monstrous bratty kid in that one Twilight Zone episode, who has transmutational powers, and at one point turns his neighbor into a hideous jack-in-the-box.

But I’m digressing. I suppose we can’t blame Tom Lehrer for any of that.

We were all sexist, racist pigs back then, weren’t we? I had to list to “We’ll All Go Together When We Go” to cheer up. But good find. Silent E and LY are in one of his boxed sets, by the way.

thirdname, thanks for the interview! At the bottom of the page is a copyright notice dated 1994. Also, he says in the interview that he’s 66, which also makes the date 1994.

“That miserable Corvair” breaks me up.