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The Rocky Horror Picture Show! Fun, or just stupid?

Spotify is the gift that just keeps on giving, and yesterday it dropped a whopper in my lap -- The Rocky Horror Picture Show soundtrack.

I now have the following stanza of lyrics stuck in my head, possibly forever:

The river was deep but I swam it, Janet
The future is ours so let's plan it, Janet
So please don't tell me to can it, Janet
I've one thing to say and that's
Dammit, Janet, I love you...

My brain is now useless for everyday tasks, like working on The Reckoner! or brushing my own teeth or pouring orange juice successfully in a glass.  There is only the lyrics, playing on endless loop -- not even the whole damn song, just that one verse, in perpetuity, until my brain explodes into pulp right in my damned skull.

You see, folks, my first exposure to The Rocky Horror Picture Show was perhaps the worst possible way you can encounter it: randomly on basic cable, alone, in the mid-afternoon.  In that light, what you see is a musical with OK music, a completely incomprehensible plot, and a tackiness only possible in 1975.  No sir, I was not a Rocky Horror Picture Show fan at this point, and wouldn't be for another ten years.

Then, on a lark, The Official Significant Other of The Reckoner! and I caught a midnight showing of TRHPT in Harvard Square up in Cambridge.  And suddenly, it all made sense!  This is all actually kind of fun!  It's fun to throw things at the screen!  It's fun to yell and sing songs and be an ass at the same time as other people!  This musical is actually kind of good so long as you don't get hung up on plot or characters or telling a story! Hooray!  Long live TRHPT!

So I flip-flopped.  And now I need to know the pulse of America, nay, the World!  Tell me, dear Reckonauts, what's your take on TRHPT?  Was I right the first time, or was I a sourpuss who needed desourization?

Reckoning Results!
It's fun!
It's stupid!
Dammit, Janet! I love it!
Screw the Time Warp.
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Rudy! Heart-melting football parable, or load of sugar-sweetened crap?

Reckoning Comments!

I realize that the answers to this one really depend on whether you've actually seen it in the theater, because like most nightclubs and drinking benders, this is one that works a lot better in the dark than in the light of day.

Dr. Reck-N-Furter-bot is obviously skewing this one.

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