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"Some Like it Hoth" and making your own music

BalkOfFame February 29, 2012 User blog:BalkOfFame

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"Some Like It Hoth" had pretty much the weirdest title of all episodes. We got that it connected Soe Like It Hot and Star Wars, but we weren't really sure what the first of them had to do with the episode. We wrote, in the article "The movie starred Jack Lemmon and and Tony Curtis as two bumbling men on a mission, like Hurley and Miles." Apparently none of us had actually seen the movie; I know I hadn't, and when I did, the connection became clear: the movie gets its title from a line of dialog where people talk about differing musical tastes. One person likes jazz. "Some Like It Hoth" has a similar conversation - Dr. Change talks of how he likes country but his wife likes jazz.

Still, a weird scene to lend the episode its name. Is there anything worth noting about that exchange? Maybe not, but it got me wondering - was this the first time in the show that people disagreed about music preferences?

Weird question, I know, but we'd got about 100 episodes by this time, and characters had argued about just about everything, from the big questions of fate and faith to family, religion, economics, law, food, clothing, exercise... and with the original premise being "characters with different backgrounds forced to work together," mightn't musical conflicts have come up at this point?

Instead, when an Iowa lady fugitive meets a old widowed Australian rancher, we get this exchange:

RAY: Do they listen to Patsy Cline in Canada?

KATE: They listen to Patsy Cline everywhere.

When a black single dad New York construction worked chats up a white Alabama conman, we hear this:

MICHAEL: You singing Bob Marley?

SAWYER: (lying) No. Why, you like Bob Marley?

MICHAEL: Man, who doesn't like Bob Marley?

When a 50-year-old office American worker talks with a 30-year-old British heroin addict rock star:

LOCKE: I know who you are. And I know what you're looking for. Drive Shaft -- you played bass.

CHARLIE: And guitar -- on a couple of tracks. You really heard of us?

LOCKE: Hey, just because I'm over 40 doesn't mean I'm deaf. I have both your albums.

Do we ever get a character outright stating that music brings unites us all and we must sing together? No, not that I can remember. But we do get the complete opposite, courtesy of Mama Cass:

But you've gotta make your own kind of music
Sing your own special song.

Make Your Own Kind of Music, "Man of Science, Man of Faith"

And you know what's the crazy thing about that song? Even besides that, all its lyrics completely oppose everything Lost stands for.

Make your own kind of music
Even if nobody else sings along
You're gonna be no one
The loneliest kind of lonely
It may be rough goin'
Just to do your thing's the hardest thing to do
So if you cannot take my hand
And if you must be going
I will understand

Make Your Own Kind of Music, "Man of Science, Man of Faith"

Nope. On Lost, if nobody else sings along, THAT MATTERS. You have to take each other's hand. It has to be all of you! No one does it alone! Live together! Every man for himself is not going to work!

If people every disagree about music, that's a pretty good indication that everyone's raring up to do the opposite of what they should be. Nuking the light, for instance, for trying to undo their time together. But when everyone's music tastes link up, fixing a crazy woman's music box, singing the lyrics she scrawled on a map, dueting piano with your fiance, inexplicably humming a tune from another person's dream, singing a drinking you don't even really know near the fire or fusing classical music with modern rock, thing's are back on track.

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