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In The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer, Cary Grant initiates this silly back-and-forth:
“You remind me of a man.”
“The man with the power.”
“The power of hoodoo.”
“Remind me of a man.”
This humorous joke was an inspiration for David Bowie when he was writing songs for 1986’s Labyrinth, a film produced by Jim Henson’s company.
When Henson and the team were first writing the film, they envisioned a rock star playing the part of the goblin king and thought of Michael Jackson, Sting, or Bowie.
Henson said, “David was immediately the one we wanted.”
After reading the script and seeing The Dark Crystal, Bowie was on board.
Bowie said, “Jim gave me complete freedom – allowed me to say what I wanted, write the things that I wanted.”
David wrote five songs for the film, including “Dance Magic” which references The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer.
In the song, he does his own version on the film’s joke.
“You remind me of the babe.”
“The babe with the power.”
“The power of voodoo.”
“Remind me of the babe.”
When the song was recorded, the baby of one of the back-up singers was going to be used on the track. However, the baby wouldn’t make any noises, so Bowie had to do them himself.
“So I’m the baby on that track as well,” Bowie joked.
When the “Dance Magic” scene was filmed, it used 48 puppets controlled by approximately 52 puppeteers.