Last night’s American Horror Story featured an unforgettable musical fantasy.
Sister Jude (Jessica Lange), now a defrocked patient in her own asylum, has recently received an excessive course of electro-shock therapy. Thoroughly dazed, she’s standing by the jukebox just installed in the dayroom by sinister Sister Mary Eunice (Lily Rabe). Lana (Sarah Paulson) asks the foggy former nun if she even knows her own name.
That sets off this rousing go-go dance number set to Shirley Ellis’s 1965 classic, “The Name Game”.
Notice the way the names of the characters – Lana and Kit – are folded into this rhyming scheme.
And look who gets her own verse: Pepper (Naomi Grossman)! She has really stepped up in the Briarcliff universe. Not only can she suddenly speak, she’s been charged with caring for Grace (Lizzie Brochere) during her mysterious pregnancy.
I’m not going to spoil anything, but if you haven’t already seen this episode, make sure you stick around for the end for the fiery rite of passage chosen by Dr. Arden (James Cromwell). Just when you thought this show couldn’t get any stranger.
What do you think the kids on American Bandstand would give this song on American Horror Story? I’m guessing a score somewhere in the 90s. It’s got cool lyrics, a good beat. And obviously, you can dance to it.