Variations: “You Can’t Hurry Love”

From the BBC program “You Can’t Hurry Love.” See article below.

The Supremes on The Ed Sullivan Show

Phil Collins.

Recording by the Stray Cats.

The Dixie Chicks also recorded the song (music only) for the movie “Runaway Bride.”

Here’s a totally different song by the same name performed by a Swedish group, The Concretes (released in 2004).


Is your gang of friends this hysterically funny when you play Charades? This is David Armand miming the words to Phil Collins’ “You Can’t Hurry Love” for Humphrey Ker and Jessica Ransom who try to guess the title of the song.

“Fast and Loose” is a new improv show on BBC created by Angst Productions. Hugh Dennis is the host and the cast are up and coming British comedy performers. Each episode has various improvised games and scenes based on material provided by the host or suggested by the audience.

Dennis calls is “the ultimate team sport, with a group of fantastically clever character actors.” It is a half hour of “controlled “improvised silliness and there is no scoring and no stars.”

The show is written by creator Dan Patterson with Geraldine Dowd as director and Patterson as producer.

“You Can’t Hurry Love” was originally recorded by The Supremes in 1966 (Motown). The song was written by Lamont Dozier and Brian Holland and Edward Holland (Holland-Dozier-Holland). It was a number one hit for the Supremes and in 1982/1983, it was a UK number one hit for Collins.

More recently the Dixie Chicks recorded the song for the soundtrack of the 1999 Richard Gere-Julia Roberts movie, “Runaway Bride.”

David Armand, the man performing the hilarious mime, is a 33-year-old English comedian. He was a member of the sketch comedy group The Hollow Men. He has appeared at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado (2003).

His interpretive dance, as the character Johann Lippowitz (an Austrian dance artist), to Natalie Imbruglia’s “Torn” on HBO in 2005 became a viral video.


About Jana J. Monji

I've written for the Rafu Shimpo, LA Weekly, LA Times, and, more recently, the Pasadena Weekly and I formerly worked for a dot-com more interested in yodeling than its customers.

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