LORELAI: All right, I confess, I was hiding Barry Manilow.
RORY: You confess!
LORELAI: But he was very big when I was very small and it’s the live version where he does a medley of all the commercial jingles he’s written.
Barry Manilow (born Barry Pincus in 1943) is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and producer who’s had a career spanning more than fifty years. His biggest hits include Mandy (1971), I Write the Songs (1975), Can’t Smile Without You (1975), and the Grammy-winning Copacabana (1978). He has had 51 Top 40 hits, with 13 of them getting to #1, and has sold more than 85 million records worldwide.
Lorelai admits that she has been hiding a Barry Manilow CD under the seat of the car. The album she refers to is his 1977 Barry Manilow Live, recorded at the Uris Theatre in New York. It contains a track which is titled Very Strange Medley, and as Lorelai says, it’s a medley of commercial jingles that Manilow wrote before he became a star. Some of the products promoted are Kentucky Fried Chicken, McDonald’s, Dr Pepper, and Pepsi. Manilow says he included it against the values of his “artsy-fartsy” friends.
Rory teases Lorelai by singing a song which appears on this live album – Looks Like We Made It. It’s from his 1976 album, This One’s For You, released in 1977, and reached #1. People often take the song’s lyrics as being positive, but in fact they’re bittersweet – the narrator of the song and his ex-lover, have finally “made it”, but separately, not together. Only by breaking up have they found success. A possible reminder that, as a mother and daughter, Rory and Lorelai will have to go their separate ways at some point if Rory is to have a future.