Let's Misbehave

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"Let's Misbehave"
Song by Irene Bordoni
Songwriter(s)Cole Porter

"Let's Misbehave" is a song written by Cole Porter in 1927, originally intended for the female lead of his first major production, Paris. Although it was discarded before the Broadway opening in favor of "Let's Do It, Let's Fall in Love", the star of the Broadway production, Irene Bordoni, did a phonograph recording of it which was labelled as from the production of Paris. It was a notable 1928 hit for Irving Aaronson and his Commanders. It was included perhaps most infamously in the 1962 revival of Anything Goes.

The song was recorded in 1927, for the Brunswick label, by Banjo Buddy (aka Harold Sandelman).[1]

Modern use[edit]

This version by Irving Aaronson used in two Woody Allen films: at the opening and close of the 1972 film Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask), and at the close of the 1994 film Bullets Over Broadway.[2] The song is featured in a prominent dance sequence by Christopher Walken in the Steve Martin musical Pennies From Heaven (1981). It also appears in the 1994 film Timecop. Most recently, it appeared in the 2013 film The Great Gatsby.[3][4] This recording is also featured in Ken Burns' 2011 PBS documentary miniseries Prohibition. Let's Misbehave is substituted for The Gypsy in Me in the high school drama club/amateur community theater version of Anything Goes, which is also the 1962 off-Broadway version.

It is used in the closing credits of Johnny Dangerously (1984), and sung by Elvis Costello in the 2004 movie De-Lovely.

The song is featured (sung by Cybill Shepherd) in the 1975 film At Long Last Love and in the 2008 film Easy Virtue, and the title is one of the film's taglines.

Cole Porter's original version was also featured on The Simpsons Season 15, Episode 15, entitled "Co-Dependent's Day".

The Australian TV show "Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries" ended season 2 episode 11 (Dead Air) with a performance of their take of the song "Let's Misbehave". Released 15 Nov 2013. Performed by Harry James Angus and Essie Davis, Nathan Page & Hue Blanes. [Netflix].

American swing revivalists the Cherry Poppin' Daddies recorded a version of the song for their 2016 covers album The Boop-A-Doo.


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  2. ^ Kurtz, Aaron. "Irving Aaronson: Let's Misbehave". Jazz.com. Archived from the original on 10 June 2015. Retrieved 17 November 2013.
  3. ^ Christopher Orr (10 May 2013). "A Grating Great Gatsby". The Atlantic. Retrieved 17 November 2013.
  4. ^ "The Great Gatsby - The Jazz Recordings (A Selection of Yellow Cocktail Music from Baz Luhrmann's Film the Great Gatsby)". Amazon.com. Retrieved 17 November 2013.