Daily Archives: February 6, 2010

The First Dude Set The Mood

Todd Palin instructs Sarah on what to say at VP Debate.

He may not have much of an education. He may not be able to hold onto a job. He may never have been elected to public office. He may not even have his wedding band any longer, but Todd “The First Dude” Palin was personally involved with running the state of Alaska while his wife “what’s her name” was governor.

MSNBC.com reports “Nearly 3,000 pages of e-mails that Todd Palin exchanged with state officials, which were released to msnbc.com and NBC News by the state of Alaska under its public records law, draw a picture of a Palin administration where the governor’s husband got involved in a judicial appointment, monitored contract negotiations with public employee unions, received background checks on a corporate CEO, added his approval or disapproval to state board appointments and passed financial information marked “confidential” from his oil company employer to a state attorney”.

Ah-ha, so Todd was the brains behind the operation and we use the term “brains” loosely.

Please remember to click on the song link below to familiarize yourselves with the tune and to have more fun singing along with today’s song parody.

The Ballad Of John And Yoko song link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_t3oaPNJieg

THE BALLAD OF TODD AND SARAH

(Sung to the Beatles song “The Ballad of John and Yoko”)

Standing in the airport at Juneau,
Todd sporting his new campaign-bought pants.
But then SarahPac
Said,“They’ve got to go back”,
“You look just like a homo from France.”

Christ you know it ain’t easy,
You know how hard it can be,
To play second fiddle,
To the Caribou-Barbie.

Finally flew into Indiana
Sarah giving a Pro-Life speech
Her decision rejoiced,
As to her Baby Trig choice.
Because she practiced exactly what she preached.

Christ you know it ain’t easy,
Sarah admitted as much.
She did have a choice, though
She would deny one to us.

Meanwhile in her home-state of Alaska,
Wayne Ross was tapped for an open seat.
The Dem’s had a fear
That he was too anti-queer,
They said, “He’s never going to be the A.G.”

Christ you know they’re so sleazy,
But they’ll keep their wallets fat
By wearing those outfits
That they get from “Arctic Cat”

Keeping every penny of per-diem pay,
Lying about clothes to charity,
Daughter that’s unwed,
Boyfriends in her bed.
Her chances of  election
Pretty low – Think!

Relatives all getting arrested.
Family dignity in free-fall.
Constituents claim,
“Sarah is to blame”
Not much of a role-model at all.

Christ you know it ain’t easy
You know how hard it can be.
You know where she’s going?
Into the Party of Tea.

How did we choose Sarah to begin with?
She is just a political hack.
A dumb “hockey mom”,
That can’t think and chew gum.
Why didn’t we elect “Joe Sixpack?”

Christ she makes us uneasy.
In Yiddish we say, “Oy Vey.”
We’d love to replace her
With our good friend, Tina Fey.
We’d love to replace her
With our good friend, Tina Fey.

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Friday Night Music Byte

The Housemartins were an English indie pop band that was active in the 1980s. Many of the Housemartins’ lyrics were a mixture of Marxist politics and Christianity, reflecting singer Paul Heaton’s beliefs at the time (the back cover of London 0 Hull 4 contained the message, “Take Jesus – Take Marx – Take Hope”).

The band was formed in 1983 by Paul Heaton (vocals) and Stan Cullimore (guitar) who initially performed as a busking duo. They recorded a demo tape with Ingo Dewsnap of Les Zeiga Fleurs, which brought them to the attention of Go Discs. They then expanded by recruiting Ted Key (bass), former guitarist with The Gargoyles, and Dodger (drummer on loan from 3-Action!) who was then replaced by Chris Lang. The band’s membership changed considerably over the years. Ted Key left at the end of 1985 and was replaced by Norman Cook — the future Fatboy Slim — and drummer Chris Lang was replaced by Hugh Whitaker, former drummer with The Gargoyles, who in turn was replaced with Dave Hemingway.

The band often referred to themselves as “the 4th best band in Hull”, referring to Hull, the city in England where the band formed in 1983. (The three bands that were “better” were Red Guitars, 3-Action!, and The Gargoyles)

In 1986, having recorded two John Peel sessions, the band broke through with the single “Happy Hour”, which reached #3 in the UK Singles Chart. The single’s success was helped by a claymation animated pop promo of a type that was in vogue at the time, featuring a cameo by television comedian Phill Jupitus, who toured with the band under his stage name of ‘Porky the Poet’.

The band split in 1988, but the members have since remained friends and worked on each other’s projects. Norman Cook has enjoyed significant success with both Beats International and then as Fatboy Slim, while Heaton, Hemingway and roadie Sean Welch formed The Beautiful South.

In August 2009 the music magazine, MOJO, The Housemartins’ original members came together for a photo-shoot and interview for the first time in many years. However, in the interview all the members maintained that the band would not be reforming.

Please enjoy this video clip of The Housemartins performing their first hit song, “Happy Hour“.