Monday, 4 July 2022

Celebrity Jukebox #5: Jeff Goldblum

We took Sam to see the latest Jurassic Park movie last weekend. It wasn't particularly great, but then I've never been much of a fan of those movies. I remember coming out of the first one, when I was 21, wondering what all the fuss was about. Still, I liked the bits with Jeff Goldblum.

On paper, I really shouldn't like Jeff Goldblum. His whole act is arrogant and smug, and he always sticks to that shtick, whatever the role. And yet, I can't help but think he's a cool dude. I don't like arrogance and I don't like smug... yet I like Jeff Goldblum. It defies logic.

Songwriters appear to like Jeff too. Neil Hannon (who does a pretty good line in smug, if tempered by a decidedly un-Goldbloomy self-deprecation) mentioned him right at the end of Gin Soaked Boy back in 1998...

I'm the spirit in the sky
I'm the catcher in the rye
I'm the twinkle in her eye
I'm Jeff Goldblum in "The Fly"
Well, who am I?

Meanwhile, if you stick the name "Goldblum" into a lyrical search engine, you'll be inundated with songs that namedrop the Big Jeffy... too many to list here, but I did you the favour of listening to them all to confirm that most of them aren't worthy of your attention. 

Just in case you don't believe me...

I could go on, but you'll thank me not to.

However, the latest record from our old favourites Mattiel (well, old favourites of me and Rigid Digit, at least) features a Jeff Goldblum song that is really quite... ahem... Fly. (Look at me using hip 90s slang to be down wiv da kidz and all.)


  1. There seems to be a pattern here - all very cool dudes in this series so far. So few of us ever crack it, but they have it in spades.

    Surprised you didn’t like the first Jurassic Park movie. It was pretty groundbreaking at the time and he did end up being right about his Chaos Theory.


    1. Was Peter Lorre ever really a cool dude? I mean, he's cooler than me, but hardly Paul Newman...

      I think the original movie was over-hyped, so by the time I got in there, I was very much "Is that all?" Of all of them, I preferred the first Chris Pratt film. But I know I'm in the minority.


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