Monthly Archives: April 2008

RIP Bebe Barron

Bebe Barron died a few days ago at age 82. Along with her late husband, Louis, Barron made film soundtrack history by composing the first electronic music soundtrack on magnetic tape for a feature film, Forbidden Planet. It’s still amazing … Continue reading

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RIP Soul Singer Al Wilson

Wilson was best known for the smash hit Show and Tell from 1973, however I like a few of his other tunes better–most notably the plaintive Do What You Gotta Do and the song that remains a classic of Northern … Continue reading

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Hip-Hop meets Gilbert & Sullivan

What happens when you take Sir Mix-A-Lot’s “Baby Got Back” and arrange it as though it were a Gilbert & Sullivan operetta? You get this terrific parody that I would love to see actually done on stage.

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Rupert Murdoch can’t handle parodies

This is really hilarious! Tony Hendra, the great contributor to the early days of National Lampoon and the previous co-creator of an earlier parody of The Wall Street Journal called Off the Wall Street Journal, restarted a parody of the … Continue reading

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Comedy Tonight: Richard Nixon: A Fantasy

Previously, I mentioned this album as a political comedy masterpiece.  What I did not know about this David Frye album is that it had a rough time getting released. Apparently, stations would not run it, although at the time of … Continue reading

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Wow. Just Wow.

I urge you to read this article just written for History News Network. 61% of historians responding to a survey rate G.W. Bush’s presidency as a failure. Here’s portion of some of the historians’ responses (as presented by writer Robert … Continue reading

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RIP “Hurricane” Smith

I only just found out that about a month ago Norman “Hurricane” Smith died. He’s mainly known as being a “one-hit wonder” for his hit song “Oh Babe, What Would You Say?“, which I’ve heard some say is an irritating … Continue reading

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Comedy Tonight: Funny Farm

Richard Nixon inspired a slew of comedy albums that were more acerbic than previous ones (I’ve noticed) in part because his paranoid personality was an easier target than Lyndon Johnson’s more amiable public persona. Of course, years of domestic turmoil … Continue reading

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