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Kung Fu Zu
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Post Re: Music for the Pols
on: April 12, 2019, 12:03
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I can remember when Quaker Puffed Rice (I think) was advertised using music from the 1812 Overture that actually consisted of the (Tsarist) Russian national anthem. So it can be done, or at least was 50 years ago.

I am not sure the comparison is apt. The part Quaker Oats used was about 10 bars and that would get tiresome if constantly repeated. The whole piece would be nice to use, but let's face it, the main reason it is so popular is because it uses cannon shots as percussion at the end of the piece. But Quaker did a nice job with that when they shot rice puffs out of the cannon in the commercial.

But even if your observation held for those times, I believe that what passes for musical literacy or tastes has dropped off the cliff. Having rap banged into one's head will do that.

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on: April 12, 2019, 12:22
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I don't think that required a knowledge of musical history. It was quite a long time later that I heard the 1812 Overture and thus found out their source. But you're certainly right that they linked the music to the words of the ads ("This is the cereal that's shot from guns").

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on: April 12, 2019, 15:03
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In one of my blog posts at Town Hall, I mentioned the 3 blunderbussers of the left, She Guevara and the Jihadettes. It occurred to me that this could be the name of a musical group, no doubt singing anti-patriotic songs. So does anyone have any suggestions? Or, for that matter, for a group I invented a decade or so ago, mocking Katie Couric: Katie and the Perkettes. (It came from referring to her as Her Perkiness and then as the Perkette.)

My first proposal would be parody titles "It Ain't Easy Being Red" and "Under the Rainbow".

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on: April 13, 2019, 07:30
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Katie and the Perkettes.

That’s a good name. I used to love reading the Dave Barry column where he would often make side references to “That would make a great name for a band.” There was a local radio station here (or perhaps it was a syndicated national show) that had a competition where they would give a name and ask a caller, “Is it a rock band, race horse, or porn star?”

As our politics merges with the entertainment industry (at least in terms of expectations), it makes sense that we’ll see more and more politicians using popular music for their stagecraft. The American flag and the Star Spangled Banner used to be honored (if often ill-used) civic rituals. Now we have a president using music from the arguably demonic group, The Rolling Stones.

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on: April 13, 2019, 07:46
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The Rolling Stones certainly had a "bad boy" reputation, which may have been deserved, but "Sympathy for the Devil" despite its title (and being putatively sung by Ol' Scratch himself) nevertheless can actually be considered a relatively conservative song, as National Review once pointed out. "Hung around St. Petersburg when I saw it was time for a change. Killed the Tsar and his ministers, Anastasia screamed in vain." Gee, I wonder who was being called satanic in that case? And leftist truth inversion (though they wouldn't have thought of it that way 50 years ago) is well portrayed in "Just as every cop is a criminal, and all the sinners saints. Just as heads is tails, call me Lucifer."

I also rather like "Mother's Little Helper", much like "Kicks" by Paul Revere and the Raiders.

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on: April 13, 2019, 07:59
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Kennedy had superior stagecraft. He used Sinatra's "High Hopes."

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on: April 13, 2019, 08:17
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That came up on the Dr. Demento show on campaign songs, which is where I came across "Abe Snake for President". A friend of mine pointed out that the JFK version of "High Hopes" (also sung by Sinatra, then a Kennedy friend, which is why Peter Lawford was temporarily part of the Brat Pack) doesn't have the "apple pie in the sky hopes" line.

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on: April 13, 2019, 13:24
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An article on the Sleazy (former Pornstar) Lawyer reminds us that he was considered a serious Demagogue candidate for President despite never actually announcing. It's unlikely he'll try now, but you never know -- Eugene Debs ran as the Socialist candidate in 1920 despite being in jail for the crime of thinking he had freedom of speech (a big no-no where Woodrow Wilson was concerned). The obvious campaign song for him would be "I Fought the Law and the Law Won", though "Bad Man's Blunder" by the Kingston Trio has its points even if Avenatti didn't actually murder a deputy and faces a lot more than "99 years on the hard rock pile".

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