Cultural References

"Twist and Shout" (Music)

"Hey, are you sick, or am I gonna see you singing 'Twist and Shout' on a parade float?"

A reference within a reference, most people would probably think that "Twist and Shout" is a Fab Four original, as it is John Lennon's vocal that is most indelibly imprinted on the public consciousness. They'd be wrong. It's not even an Isley Brothers original. The song was first recorded in 1961 by the Top Notes. Who? Luckily, the song survived obscurity, enabling Veronica to remember what Ferris Bueller did when he played hooky in THE teen hit of 1986. Ferris Bueller's Day Off features a Teflon-coated protagonist who fakes illness to play truant. With the girl he is wooing and his pathetic friend in tow, Bueller takes Chicago by storm, turning a stodgy parade into a musical set piece with his accordion rendition of "Twist and Shout." Can Veronica really see Duncan with an accordion, leading a sing-song in a parade? Duncan, similarly Teflon-coated in the eyes of his girlfriend, is not having fun like Ferris nor in Chicago like Wallace, but he is missing, albeit temporarily.

2.07 "Nobody Puts Baby in a Corner"
Who's Who bio: The Beatles

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