You Can't Stop The Beat: Top Ten Songs By Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman

By Ben Rimalower
21 Dec 2013

8. "They Just Keep Moving The Line" from Bombshell (as seen on "Smash")

As gifted as Shaiman and Wittman are at those modern Broadway pop anthems, they are at least at agile at slipping on more stylized skin in a variety of pastiches and homages to musical eras. Bombshell on "Smash" gave them the opportunity to score with several mid-century showbizzy sounds, but perhaps none as memorably as Marilyn's torchy number, "They Just Keep Moving The Line." Most of us in life pride ourselves — maybe even comfort ourselves — in what troopers we are, so this is actually a Shaiman and Wittman anthem wrapped in pastiche.

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