Cole Porter’s 1928 song “Let’s Do It” is one of my favorites–it’s lyricism is masterful and breezy in a way that Dr. Seuss would envy, and so slyly suggestive that most of today’s raunchy pop stars would blush at it, if they could figure out what the jokes mean.
My favorite performance of it was a few years ago when I caught a bit of Alanis Morissette doing it on either Good Morning America or The Today Show–I can’t recall which, and I couldn’t find clips online. She had a blast, just belting it out. Here’s her studio version, and the best live version I could find, from The View.
And lest you think I’m neglecting my taste for all things older, I’ll wrap this up with an equally sultry version from a winking Ella Fitzgerald, who could make a song about her grocery list sound classy.