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May 5, 2010, 9:25 am

‘Glee’ Takes a Spring Camp Trip

It’s not even Memorial Day weekend and already “Glee” has managed to pack more camp into an hour’s worth of television than most kids will get all summer.

If you thought the Fox musical comedy hit its peak of ludicrous tragedy (or is that tragic ludicrousness?) last month with a nearly frame-for-frame remake of the video for Madonna’s “Vogue,” “Glee” upped the ante on Tuesday night with this cover of “Physical,” pairing the show’s Jane Lynch with the song’s originator, Olivia Newton-John. Let’s get Auto-Tuned!

But that wasn’t all…

Minutes later, “Glee” followed with this homegrown production of the David Geddes love-murder ballad “Run Joey Run,” which we’re pretty sure is the mathematical average of “Papa Don’t Preach” and “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia.” The “Glee” version stars Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Mark Salling and Jonathan Groff – and don’t miss the special appearance by Stephen Tobolowsky.

We’d also mention the “Glee” cover of Bonnie Tyler’s bombastic-fantastic “Total Eclipse of the Heart,” and the cameo by Mary Jo Catlett, a k a Pearl from “Diff’rent Strokes,” but we need to lie down for a little while.


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