This week’s topic: Andy greatest performances
The first two things that anyone who meets Andy Bernard will learn is a) he went to Cornell (ever heard of it?) and b) he likes to sing. And boy does he sing. From the standards to the 70s, to alternative and beyond, Andy seems to be the sole contestant on his own Dunder Mifflin Idol. Let’s look back at some of his greatest hits and vote for your favorite.
“Closer to Fine” – Indigo Girls
When Andy, Jim, and Karen have to stay late in “Diwali”, Andy spices things up with Jager and a little a capella (despite Karen’s protests). Best of all, he got Jim to join in on his version of the female-folk-rock duo’s famous tune. Tuna!
“What is Love” – Haddaway
Who needs a CD player when you have Andy? In “The Merger”, Andy wins Michael over easily with his personality mirroring and his knowledge of old SNL sketches when he helps Michael recreate his own “Night at the Roxbury” sketch. Unfortunately, Andy has the ability to make everyone feels as uncomfortable as Michael does every day.
“The Rainbow Connection” – Kermit the Frog
When Jim’s “advice” to Andy on winning over Pam included asking if Andy had a banjo and could sing in a falsetto voice, we knew we were in for something special. Gotta give Pam credit for managing to keep a straight face as Andy serenades her with the old Kermit-the-Frog tune at the end of “The Convict”
“Hot Hot Hot” – Buster Poindexter
Apparently Andy is not only a prodigy with singing but also with playing exotic instruments. As Michael struggles to even get a bar of music out on his steel drum, Andy adds a touch of the Caribbean at the Inventory Luau in “Back from Vacation”, singing the 80’s dance hit.
“Dwight is now gone” – Oompa Loompa style
When Andy gets Dwight to quit in “Traveling Salesman”, he can’t contain his excitement as he sings a mean-spirited version of the Oompa Loompa song from the 70’s Willy Wonka movie. Andy would later meet an Augustus Gloop-like fate in “Beach Games”
“Rockin’ Robin” – Bobby Day
As Jim said, Andy was in rare form in “The Return”. Unable to hide his glee over the departure of Dwight, Andy was having his own concert as sang his own version of Elton John’s “Benny and the Jets” (Andy and the Tuna) and The Cranberries’ “Zombie”. But most impressive, or perhaps most frightening, was his “Rockin’ Robin” ring tone that he sang all four parts to.
“The Lion Sleeps Tonight” – The Tokens
Another Halpert/Bernard classic came from “Product Recall”. After learning his “girlfriend” was actually a high school student, Andy was feeling pretty down, that is until Jim started singing the low part of the early 60’s hit. Andy just can’t resist showing off that falsetto.
“Take a Chance on Me” – Abba
Andy said himself that every success he’d ever had from “the lady folks” has come from his ability to slowly (and painfully) wear them down. In “Launch Party”, Andy sets his sights on Angela. With the help of his old “Here Comes Treble” buddies, Andy gives Angela a conference call serenade of the Swedish quartets upbeat single. It was enough to make the frigid Angela thaw just a tiny bit as she walks away with a little smile on her face.
“Break me off a piece of that…” – KitKat candy bar jingle
When the crew is brainstorming for a commercial in “Local Ad”, Andy breaks out into the famous jingle for . . . Chrysler cars? Applesauce? Football cream? Claude Van Damme? No, no, it’s Fancy Feast, yeah, that’s it. Whatever the product is, the melody has made an impression on Andy.
With a catalog like this, Andy is ready for a tour. So which song will you be dying to hear at Andy’s concert?