Randy Newman's song "You Can Leave Your Hat On", is, like so many of his songs, irresistibly charming. “You Can Leave Your Hat On”, is simply about a man asking a woman to undress, slowly, but with the exception of her hat. When he wrote the song, Randy Newman declared that it was a joke, and, at first, he didn't even bother releasing it on any of his albums. But then the song caught on and became an international hit for a number of other artists. So in 1972, four years after the song was written, Newman released his own version of it on the album "Sail Away".
While Randy Newman's version is quite fine, my favorite version of this song was the one performed by Joe Cocker. He produced a version that was tailor-made for the dance floor, with his aching vocals complemented by blasting horns and raucous female backing singers. Listening to Joe Cocker transform the song into a burlesque classic taught me that music had alchemist-like powers to transform something quite silly into a true work of art. For this series, I've asked a model, Nadia, to act out the music, but not to take either the song or the task too seriously.