Laugh At Me
Release Date: August 8th, 1965
Words by: Nick Bornholt
February 28th, 2017
"Laugh At Me", the only solo hit ever recorded by Sonny Bono, is far from the quality achieved through his collaborative efforts. Bono wrote the song following an incident where an upmarket Hollywood eatery refused to seat him. According to Bono, it was because he was "dressed like a hippy" - the restaurateurs, in fact, claimed "clown".
The song is an attempted indictment of the superficial nature of materialism, but misses the mark lyrically - ironically, falling short due to the shallow nature behind such vitriol.
Musically, though, it is a pretty enjoyable beat and serves as a litmus test for the necessity of Cher as part of the successful franchise the duo would soon create.