Oh, I do so loves me some eclectic artists. I intentionally seek them out, for they can make a great product. Even superb, on occasion. Kenny Young and the Eggplants are a great example of this. They have a bunch of really good songs that play quite well on the show. A few are very humorous. One in particular sticks in my head for days after I hear it, and nothing short of the business end of a baseball bat can get it out! That’s a compliment…I think.
It’s a great Spring/Summer tune also. Give it a listen and see if it doesn’t get you going as well…
Cool little ditty!
He’s in the artists link section, check it out for more info.
There are a lot of artists, who are pretty talented but, for whatever reason, do not get a lot of exposure. Dave Dingwall is one of those people. He is known in the Philly area for a low budget cable TV show that he hosts but outside of PA he does not have much recognition. This video is a very entertaining piece that sticks in your head for quite a while after listening to it.
The music, lyrics and acting are quite good.
For a guy in his mid sixties, in 2009 when he created this, it’s a darned good effort.
I bring you, The Blue Collar Shuffle…
The last post was a little biased towards the satirical side of things. There is something to be said about great satire, a good case could be made that it makes the world go around. I certainly believe that. This time around I thought that I’d spotlight the man who brings us some of the best parody out there…Weird Al Yankovic.
I am going to be a bit cagey here, it isn’t really parody, just a bit. As I said before, I prefer his original material. This is one of my favorite pieces by him, great lyrics, well acted and the ending is sublime.
I played it on the show recently to good reviews. It’s even better with the visuals…
Lately I have been thinking a lot about Satire and Parody. Admittedly there are times when I cannot tell the difference, they do blur together a bit. Masters of the genre intrigue me. Tom Lehrer is/was very adept at satire, maybe the best. His lyrics are just sublime. Combine that with his zeal for the performance and you have something very good indeed. Parody has its masters also. One of the most visible is Weird Al Yankovic. He certainly has made a decent living at it. I enjoy his talents but consider his efforts to be mixed…some superb stuff there but others, not so much. Personally, I always thought his best work was his original material. In the next few posts I will show you some of the best of both artists. Before that though I wanted to share this video with you. If I am not mistaken, this has both Satire and Parody. I really like it. The powers that be won’t let me imbed it but here is the link. I do believe that you will appreciate it. Enjoy…
There are times, at my cynical peak, when I fear that the pure comedy sketch is becoming extinct. Out of the big three that I play on the show, Stand-up, Musical and Sketch comedy, the latter is the thinnest of the lot. Thankfully there is a plethora of classics to play… from Monty Python, The Royal Canadian Air Farce, The Frantics and others, but I get a bit annoyed at the imbalance. By that I mean, when you look at my playlists, even though I don’t really play the same pieces over and over again, I am forced to go with the same artists to get the proper symmetry. Let’s face it, those artist mentioned above are the absolutely cream of the crop but I do not want to run them into the ground. Could you imagine EVER getting tired of Monty Python?! I do NOT want to be the first idiot radio DJ to make you sick of the best comedy sketch group the world has ever seen! I look high and low for anything recent that may be considered a solid playable comedy skit. I like The Whitest Kids U’ Know, Kurt Weitzmann and a few others but I need MORE!
I have not given up, I will continue to peruse the present comedy scene and see what pops up. Until then, please peruse this zany little piece by the vastly underrated, late, great, Peter Cook and Dudley Moore!
It wasn’t until recently that I began noticing that some comedy artists are better at other things than what they are famous for. A good case in point would be the talented Louis Szekely, better known as Louis C.K.. Louis is famous for being a stand-up comedian, but I must be frank here… for the most part, I do not like it. Very little of it could be played on a radio based comedy show. It is too disjointed, rambles a bit (okay, a lot) and it does not really have a punch line that separates the men from the boys. On the other hand, it is undeniable that he has a great sense of humor. The stand-up that I have seen from him did not impress me but the videos that he has made are really humorous.
This is a short one, and I promise to bring you the larger ones in the future, but it shows you what a man like Louis thinks about in his spare time. One of the many reactions to this may be…”What a jerk!”, and you wouldn’t be wrong.
Talk about sparing no expense to get a laugh…
No, not really. Just kidding about the Hades part. It is about Spring though. A fishing tune no less. This area still has ice on the lakes but that won’t be for much longer. The anglers will be here before you know it. This is a decent little ditty about fishing this time of year. These folks don’t really perform live that I can see. Their studio work is above average though. I can think of, at least, five or six great tunes that they have created that deserve airplay
and accolades. As I mentioned, they do not perform, so this is a dead video. Try it out for just the audio, it is very funny. I have actually done what the guy mentions at the end. Please don’t tell anyone.
It IS Spring, but you’d never know it around here in New Hampshire.
I still have snow on the ground and there is some unsettled weather coming up in the days ahead.
It’s just a matter of time though.
To start the season off I strongly suggest a healthy dose of one of the most entertaining
satirists that ever lived.
He was way ahead of his time when he produced the bulk of his material back in the 1950′s!
(I still can’t wrap my mind around that…woof!)
This particular piece always gets a certain number of complaints from the type of folk
who do not understand satire.
This is funny, brilliant and a classic example of the talents of Tom Lehrer!
I am a HUGE George Carlin fan. He was Numero Uno in the stand-up department. Still is. This is one of the best pieces that I can think of to bolster my claim. I have seen a few variations of it and this is one of the better ones. Which sport do YOU prefer?
My beloved, boneheaded, rascal of a dog, Roscoe, passed away this week. He was not doing well, having been diagnosed with cancer just a few weeks ago he fell fast and hard. Being a Golden Retriever he was a huge brat, but a fun loving rascal of the first degree and a wonderful companion. I wanted to dedicate something to him but couldn’t think of what. A friend of mine recommended a pretty good song but I wasn’t sure I could find a video to go with it. But I did…