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Does anyone have a favourite 'Spoof' song? by bIG bLOGGER on 27 October 2008 4:16pm
 
In Britain,we tend to enjoy 'spoof' songs: we must have a silly sense of humour,which you need to have in order to appreciate such jocularity.
Various comedians have had a go at this 'genre' of song,ranging from: Flanders and Swann,to Lenny Henry,Benny Hill,Jasper Carott,The Wurzels,Pam Ayres,Ronnie Barker/Ronnie Corbett,Eric Idle,et al...

Now,popular Lancashire comedian Peter Kay has released a spoof single which went straight to No.2 in the charts,selling 5000 more copies than the guy he was spoofing,Leon Jackson,the actual winner of 'X'-Factor this year,who only got to number 3.Both were beaten by the new single from American singer Pink (which was NOT a spoof song).Kay's single is titled:"The Winner's Song",sung (supposedly) by Geraldine..It also has a long subtitle,which is meant to be funny..
None of this has pleased 'X'-Factor creator Simon Cowell,who has branded Kay's effort "pathetic"..Oh.. methinks,sour grapes!!

Over in America,do you like your 'spoof' songs?I am aware of 'Weird Al' Yankovic,who has recorded a whole list of them,ranging from "Amish Paradise",a take on Stevie Wonder's "Pastime Paradise", to "Another One rides the Bus",a spoof of Queen's "Another One bites the Dust"...Good old 'Weird Al' must be popular over there because he has sold a phenomenal 12 million CD's...
Then there is Tom Lehrer,a very creative performer/recording artiste,who often accompanies his funny self-penned skit/sketch vocals on just solo upright piano,but to good effect.
There is a fine line between spoof and satire.
One of MY personal favourites has to be: "Feel Like I'm Fixin' To Die Rag",by Country Joe MacDonald,played at the famous (and muddy) Woodstock Festival in 1969,a riotous anti-Vietnam War satire/send-up(also viewable on You Tube).I reckon if John "Joe the Plumber" McCain wins on Nov 4th, and the following day he announces an invasion of Iran,we can all pull this song out,dust it off and give it a re-run:---
CHORUS:
Well its one,two,three,what are we fighting four ??
Don't ask me,I don't give a damn; next stop must be Iran;
Well its five,six,seven,open up the pearly geights,
Folks there ain't no time to wonder why:
Whoopee! we're all gonna die...
 
Re: Does anyone have a favourite 'Spoof' song? by MMMmmm... on 27 October 2008 6:39pm
 
'Weird Al' Yanovic has a lot of good ones - I can't pick a favorite offhand.

I wanted him to do one of Rihanna's "Take a Bow" - A funny Scrabble one called "Buy a Vowel." It could be really funny.

But he hasn't done it yet :(
 
Re: Does anyone have a favourite 'Spoof' song? by geordiegirl on 27 October 2008 6:45pm
 
I can't remember who sang it, but I always liked 'Help me Make It Through The Yard' about a falling-down drunk
 
Re: Does anyone have a favourite 'Spoof' song? by canaveralgumby on 27 October 2008 10:13pm
 
I think that you can't beat Spinal Tap, especially "Hell Hole."
 
Re: Does anyone have a favourite 'Spoof' song? by mrsthing on 28 October 2008 12:15am
 
Weird Al is right up there on my list of minor deities, just below John Cleese. I love Al's eBay song (a spoof of "That Way" by Backstreet Boys) and his parody of "Complicated" by Avril Lavigne. He pays such attention to detail--getting rhythms and instrumentations and musical arrangements *exactly* like the songs he's parodying, which is so important to the humor value. Sometimes he even gets the same rhyme scheme ("Complicated" rhymes with "constipated" "both related" and "decapitated"), which makes it even better.

He's got a relatively new song out called "Do I Creep You Out" that's a parody of Taylor Hicks' "Do I Make You Proud". Here it is:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fk8egz_yXL0
 
Re: Does anyone have a favourite 'Spoof' song? by kazzzz on 28 October 2008 8:49am
 
Agree about Spinal Tap they're hilarious!

I also love Bad News, another spoof band made up of the cast of the Young Ones plus a few others. Ther version of Bohemian Rhapsody is great, especially as Brian May plays guitar on it.
 
Re: Does anyone have a favourite 'Spoof' song? by bIG bLOGGER on 28 October 2008 3:51pm
 
geordiegirl:My research says that "Help Me Make It Through Yhe Yard",a spoof of Kris Kristofferson's "Help Me make It Through The Night",was sung by a duo called Pinkard and Bowden;it was a country parody song and they have done others.

See at:--- www.mudcat.org/@displayingsong.cfm?
 
Re: Does anyone have a favourite 'Spoof' song? by canaveralgumby on 28 October 2008 4:00pm
 
Of course it's also that time of year for "Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer" - does that count as a spoof song? It's dangerously catchy...
 
Re: Does anyone have a favourite 'Spoof' song? by bIG bLOGGER on 28 October 2008 4:59pm
 
Wahey,canaveralgumby!! Who sang THAT one? Do you have the lyrics to it? It sounds dangerously amusing!
If that's gonna count,then we'll have to include these:
"Santa's going to come in a pick-up truck" by Alan Jackson
"Santa Got Lost In Texas" by Jeff Carson.
 
Re: Does anyone have a favourite 'Spoof' song? by mrsteabag on 28 October 2008 6:07pm
 
Let's not forget "Santa Got A DWI," a song about ending up in jail with Santa after drinking too much!
 
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