Sunday, May 26, 2024

Disney Flushes 100 Years of 20th Century Fox History, The Only Studio to Have a Classic Rock Song Named for Them


Disney is flushing the name 20th Century Fox a year or more after acquiring the 1oo year old movie studio. All the brands that came with the Fox name are gone now, replaced by Disney’s.

The Mouse House can do whatever they like. But 20th Century Fox is the only movie studio that had a great classic rock song named in their honor.

The song was the Doors’ “20th Century Fox,” the fourth track on The Doors debut album in 1967. And what a debut album. It also includes “Light My Fire,” “Break on Through,” “The Alabama Song,” “Crystal Ship,” and “The End.” It’s an album for the ages, released three months after the Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper.”

“20th Century Fox” was not a single. But over the last 53 years it’s become a radio staple and an incredibly popular deep track. Jim Morrison was very clever to take the double entendre of “fox”– a hot girl — and put a spin on it with the studio name. Who knows? If he’d lived past 1971, Morrison might very well have become a movie star. He was also a 20th century fox, and he knew it.

Disney will never have a classic song named for them. They’re way too animated. A real 21st century fox is very chill.

“Twentieth Century Fox”

Well, she’s fashionably lean
And she’s fashionably late
She’ll never rank a scene
She’ll never break a date
But she’s no drag
Just watch the way she walks

She’s a twentieth century fox
She’s a twentieth century fox
No tears, no fears
No ruined years, no clocks
She’s a twentieth century fox, oh yeah

She’s the queen of cool
And she’s the lady who waits
Since her mind left school
It never hesitates
She won’t waste time
On elementary talk

‘Cause she’s a twentieth century fox
She’s a twentieth century fox
Got the world locked up
Inside a plastic box
She’s a twentieth century fox, oh yeah
Twentieth century fox, oh yeah
Twentieth century fox
She’s a twentieth century fox

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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