Controversial would be a good adjective to describe this Christmas classic.
Originally written by Frank Loesser in 1944, Dean Martin is probably most remembered for his release of it on his album A Winter Romance in 1959. Many credit the woman on his 1959 release as Doris Day when in fact it wasn’t her but a chorus of women. Dean Martin originally performed the duet of this song with Marylin Maxwell on his radio show with Jerry Lewis called the “Martin and Lewis Show” in 1949.
Since, to me at least, Martin embodies the essence of the cocktail swilling date rapey kind of playboy this tune portrays, we will start this three way date rape sing off with his original 1949 version.
Dean Martin & Marylin Maxwell – Baby It’s Cold Outside – 1949
Then in 2010, Glee gave it a twist by having two males, Blaine & Kurt, sing this tune as a “practice” run for Blaine as he was getting ready for a performance. Glee fans were already wishing for these two to get together so the teasing undertones were most overwhelming. The sexual attraction between them is evident. Besides it’s just adorable to watch these two.
Darren Criss & Chris Colfer – Glee Season 2 Episide 10 – Baby It’s Cold Outside – 2010
Then leave it to Lady GaGa and Joseph Gordon Levitt to reverse the previous male and female roles in their playfully fabulous 2013 rendition.
Lady GaGa & Joseph Gordon Levitt – Baby It’s Cold Outside – 2013
So wether it’s boy on girl, boy on boy or girl on boy, it’s a playful fun tune but with sexual connotations that are somewhat date rapey. However I do not think that was the original intention of Frank Loesser when he wrote it in 1944. It is rumored he wrote and performed it as a duet with his wife, Lynn Garland, to close their annual Holiday party that year.
Is there a girl on girl version I’ve missed?