“Glee” gives bad songs good reps

Being bad never felt so good.

Last night’s episode of “Glee” took on some of the cheesiest songs of the past, and tried to make them cool again. And those glee kids know a thing or two about being uncool.

After some of the glee club members released an embarrassing video of Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) lip-synching to Olivia Newton John’s “Physical,” Mr. Shuester gets into hot water with the school because of a list, or Glist, rating the glee clubbers based on their coolness.

When no one will come forward to admit that they were the creator of the list, Mr. Shuester tells the class that their assignment for the week is to take a song considered currently lame, and make it great again. (This leads to an “Ice Ice Baby” rap by Matthew Morrison that we could have done without, to be honest.)

So, Rachel Berry, rated lowest on the Glist, decides to become “musically promiscious,” and pisses off her boyfriend, ex-boyfriend, and other ex-boyfriend. And other glee kids try to create a raucous in the library, but just can’t seem to figure out how to be bad.

But through it all, Jane Lynch proves again that she is the comedic genius of this show. After Sue’s home-made music video is released, she’s taunted in the teacher’s lounge. (“You’re being laughed at in slow motion by a room full of inferiors whom you used to terrify.”)

And then, when the real Olivia Newton John calls, Sue and Olivia team up to recreate the “Physical” video in what truly establishes Sue (and Jane Lynch) as the queen of video remakes. Her voice may be severely edited, (especially in contrast to Newton John’s classic talent) but she’s now a pro at music videos worthy of a spot on MTV. That is, if they still showed music videos.

For all those whose DVRs failed to record the final moments of last night’s “Bad Reputation” episode, below you can find the “Eclipse of the Heart” cover. I never thought that song had a cheesy reputation, but “Glee” makes it even better!

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