For those unsure about the sometimes-misunderstood difference between ‘Kitsch’ and ‘Camp’, Dr. Freya Jarman, who is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Music at the University of Liverpool, UK, provides a concise definition:
Dr. Jarman researches how ‘camp’ works, musically. See, for example: ‘Notes on Musical Camp’, in: The Ashgate Research Companion to Popular Musicology, ed. Derek B. Scott. (Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2009), 189-203, which cites this 1969 performance by (the late) Liberace:
Unfortunately, another reference-video cited in the paper, Charlotte Church – Don’t Rain On My Parade appears to be damaged, so instead, with the definition above in mind . . .
Here is an Improbable mini-cornucopia of possible camp / kitsch renditions which might serve as a starting point for comparisons along the lines of – Camp? Kitsch? Neither? Both?
- Deee-Lite – Groove Is In The Heart
- Queen – I Want To Break Free
- Cliff Richard – Bachelor Boy
- Pet Shop Boys – Go West
- Rammstein – Seemann
- The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band – Canyons Of Your Mind
- Boney M – Daddy Cool
- Bee Gees – Stayin’ Alive
- Lang Lang – Schubert Standchen (Serenade)
- Mick Jagger & David Bowie – Dancing In The Street
- Robbie Williams – You Know Me
- Kenneth Williams – The Marrow Song (Oh! What a Beauty!)
- Katy Perry – California Gurls (featuring Snoop Dogg)
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