In 1979, MAD magazine released an issue (MAD Special #31) with a song included, on a floppy vinyl record stapled inside. The song was “It’s a Super-Spectacular Day”. It started out ridiculously cheerful and enthusiastic, then descended into panic and despair as the day went horribly awry. The nifty thing about the record was that it held seven songs in one: depending on where you placed the needle each time you played it, you’d get a different bad outcome to the day. It was a tricky business and I don’t think I ever managed to hear all of the endings.
The manic opening of the song has blared in my head every morning this week as I’ve gotten out of bed:
It’s a great big, beautiful, wonderful, incredible, super-spectacular day
And your heart is humming with good times coming
And you got that happy feeling things are going your way
All the bells are ringing and a little bird’s singing while he sits on your windowsill
Singing yessiree, I can surely see, it will plainly be, most definitely
A super-spectacular day!