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(Stuff.co.nz)   Mr. Fraser remembers seeing a small green flash come out of his finger, and then his vision and speech going fuzzy. QUICK, PHONE HOME   (stuff.co.nz) divider line 9
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2013-11-01 09:35:40 AM
Now he's 'Smokin' Joe Fraser.
2013-11-01 09:42:30 AM
Avoid the tossed salad and scrambled eggs.
2013-11-01 10:14:38 AM

2013-11-01 10:18:57 AM

shanrick: Avoid the tossed salad and scrambled eggs.

They're calling again.
2013-11-01 10:22:15 AM
Could this be a Peri Gilpin + Jane Leeves thread, please?
2013-11-01 10:23:25 AM

theorellior: shanrick: Avoid the tossed salad and scrambled eggs.

They're calling again.

What's the story of the song "Tossed Salad and Scrambled Eggs" that Kelsey Grammer sings at the end of the show? Who wrote it? What does it mean? Who's idea was it to put it at the end of the show and for Kelsey to sing it?

To answer I went to the source, the extremely talented, Bruce Miller. (Bruce also did the music for ALMOST PERFECT so you know I'm more than a fan.)

Having been the composer on a show called "Wings", I was asked by the creator's of that show to try to come up with a song for their next effort....that is to submit as one of three submissions for the "prize" in a blindfold test to chose the one they liked best!

I was told they wanted something pretty eclectic and jazzy, but to avoid any direct references to specific subject matter. So it was necessary to stay away from words about psychiatry, radio shows, the name "Frasier", and anything else directly indicating aspects of the show.

I immediately wrote the song/music itself, but then needed a lyric that would work, so I called my friend Darryl Phinnesse who is really talented and really smart. I gave him the idea of the show and he called back with the idea of "Tossed Salads and Scrambled Eggs". At first I was a bit baffled myself until he explained that these were things that were "mixed up"....like Frasier Crane's patients. Once we agreed on this premise (by the time I fully understood it), we went into completing the song. I actually did contribute a couple lines, but the heavy lifting here was Darryl, and lucky for me that I went to him to him in the first place.

"Hey baby I hear the blues a-callin"-refers to patients with troubles calling into the radio show
"Tossed Salads and Scrambled Eggs"
"But maybe I seem a bit confused"-Frasier's personality was a bit????
"Maybe, but I got you pegged"-Frasier does understand these people and helps them.
"But I don't know what to do with those Tossed Salads and Scrambled Eggs"-it's a tough business....gotta deal with these "crazies" every day.
"They're calling again"-oh, oh....should be self explanatory.

When I first wrote the song, I instantly thought of the great jazz singer, Mel Torme. He would have been perfect, but the producers wanted me to try Kelsey....and of course, he really made it his own with his interpretation.

As you can see, there were elements of this whole process that came to me from others. Those elements are what eventually helped to make the song successful on the show.

I'd assume the network wanted to get right into the show as quickly as possible (just my guess), so the song needed to go where it could be played full length. When the short little graphics of the Seattle skyline were created for the open of the show, I was asked to compose several different short pieces in the style of the theme, which were alternated each episode, depending upon the particular graphic used for that episode. I recall having composed about 25 of those little main titles by the end of the show's run.
2013-11-01 11:01:44 AM
Wow, that'll toss your salad and scramble your --

shanrick: Avoid the tossed salad and scrambled eggs.

2013-11-01 12:37:47 PM
Did the irony tag call in sick?

"I'd been outside in the garden when I saw lightning hit over by the hill, and then it hit a bit closer so I decided to come inside to be safe. Then it hit the house and I got hit anyway."

/i hope i got that right
2013-11-01 12:59:47 PM
Buying a lottery ticket? Really? Doesn't he know that lightning never strikes twice in the same place.

Mind you, this is true mainly because it's not the same place after lightning strikes it the first time.

In reality, lightning tends to strike the same place over and over again, taking the path of least resistence every time. The Empire State building gets struck by lightning many times a year, and there are places in the African highlands where lightning strikes repeatedly. I read of one storm in Venezuela or someplace nearby that is nearly continuous--a freak confluence of geography and climate which forms a sort of "perfect storm" for lightning--lightning might strike there every day in the same places, or perhaps more than once a day.

I wonder if the colour of the "flame" (green) is related to the atmospheric effect known as the "green flash"?

That is when you see a green flash on the horizon just the moment before the Sun sets or rises. The atmosphere bends light sort of like a rainbow and green is the last colour to go (that humans can see).


A green flash, plus stages of a green flash below.
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