of American Bandstand
, in which two of the dancers
in the audience
were asked, by host Dick Clark
, to rate
a new 45
on a 35-to-98 scale
. The reason for the choice of range
was, according to Clark, because a song
was never so bad
that it deserved a really low score
, and no song was so perfect
that it deserved a 100
Since it was a dance show, there was a bias towards the danceable. When asked about why they rated a song with a good score, often Jane or Bobby's answer was something along the lines of "it's got a good beat and I can dance to it", whilst they chomped on their gum. The phrase made its way into Americana.
Clark played a practical joke once. When Mission: Impossible (the TV show) started, there was a 45 of Lalo Schifrin's theme. It was chosen for Rate-A-Record. The dancers danced to it, but quickly became befuddled. The theme is in the not-easily-danceable time signature of 5/4. The dancers soldiered on until the music faded out. I'm pretty sure Jane and Bobby each gave it a 35.