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Some bands don't wait around for Weird Al to parody one of their songs, and take a pre-emptive strike and write a silly song of their own.

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"The Intergalatic Laxative," Donovan
Considered to be Donovan's worst song about toliet arrangements for astronauts, from 1973.
KL Fan
"True Colors," Cyndi Lauper/Yoko Ono
In the video for "True Colors" Cyndi is wearing a dress made up of torn newspapers. In a performance art piece during the early 60s Yoko Ono wore such a dress made up of newspapers. Participants from the audience (men) were called up one x one, given a pair of scissors and directed to snip off a 1-inch square piece from Yoko's "clothing". This was done until she was standing totally nude. Mhm.
All We Are Saying Is Give Performance Art A Chance
"My Girlfriend's Shower Sucks," Goldfinger
It sounds like a normal ska song but basically complains about how her shower's temperature varies, has hard water and low pressure. It's a lot funnier than this description makes it sound.
RevengeFromMars YouTube
"Damn The Torpedoes (Album)," Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
The three hits from this late 1979 album - "Refugee", "Don't Do Me Like That" and "Even the Losers" feature Tom shouting "Oh Oh Oh!" right near the songs' endings.
OH OH OHIO STATE ARE THE CHAMPIONS!
"Nickname Of Fans," Uriah Heep
You know that major fans of the Grateful Dead used to follow the band from town to town, going to every Dead show they could? They are called "Deadheads" and they are proud of that apellation. Tragically Hip fans are "Hipheads", there are "Phishheads" (eat them up, yum!), Dick Dale devotees are dubbed "Dickheads" (lousy label : ( ) and Uriah Heep fans are denoted as "Heepheads".
Easy Living On the Rebound
"Coincidence, maybe?," Paul Revere & the Raiders
the band's singer and organist Paul Revere (real name, originally "Paul Revere Dick") passed away over the weekend. The band was notorious for wearing American Revolutionary Era costumes at their performances. Paul Revere died at the unique and ironic age of 76! That's right, as in 1776 = year of Declaration of Independence. Geddit?
Spiritwalker of 76
"Drive Drive Drive The Car," Paul Revere & the Raiders
The bandleader Paul Revere played an electric organ that was custom made to resemble a white convertible car.
Buckeye Orwalski-Otcasek
"A REAL Wardrobe Malfunction," Paul Revere & the Raiders
My mom told me when I was a teenager she saw this band perform on a Dick Clark type show like Shindig or Hullabaloo. They'd play while wearing American Revolution period getup. One of the Raiders' tri-corn hat fell off his head and instead of picking it off the floor he just kept on playing and he danced around his hat! That's true devotion to your art, folks!
One If By Land, Two If By Sea
Sylvain Sylvain is a veteran of the protopunk band New York Dolls. Glen Matlock is from the Sex Pistols. These 2 performers played their old bands' chestnuts and their solo music in their own solo acoustic guitar sets. For the encore they played more Dolls, Pistols, solo and glam rock hits together. They played this tour in small clubs and cafes. It was billed as "Punk Goes Acoustic" and the tour was billed as the "Sex Doll" Tour 2014. Get the drift?
Planet Jet Boy
"A Memorial Tree (Not a Song)," George Harrison
THIS IS NO JOKE, THIS IS A TRUE STORY, IRONY AND ALL! In California, near a home owned by Sir Paul McCartney where his Beatle buddy George Harrison was allowed to stay at so he could die in peace away from the media and ultra-Beatlemaniacs. After he died a memorial tree was planted in George's honor and a plague corremmerrating him was set underneath. This memorial tree was also a reminder that George loved to do landscape gardening as a hobby. There's going to be a new tree planting ceremony soon because the current tree, which was planted in 2001 is dead due to an attack by * drumroll, please! * - # cymbals clash! # - BEETLES! Ain't that a pity?! My Sweet Lord! ; )
Lung Cancer Sucks, So Cheer Down!
"Safety Dance," Men Without Hats
"The Safety Dance" was a huge global synth-dance hit, but the extended version was played more often on the radio. Soon afterward a touring Chippendales revue would do squat thrusts and other exercises with their pants off while a performer would karaoke or lip-sync to the song. They were "Men Without Pants". They would commence stripping down.
He's Got No Pants On!
"Sussudio," Phil Collins
This was a BIG hit in 1985, topping the charts in the USA, Canada and elsewhere. Later that year, the comical group E-GAD! did a parody of this classic: "Su-su-sushi-oh!".
Sushi Dinner for my Japanese Girlfriend + Me
"Starship Heading Into The Punk Frontier," The Ramones
In the early 70s Jeff Hyman was in the NYC glam/protopunk band SNIPER. He was the singer and his stage name was "Jeff Starship". Not "Jefferson Starship" but just using his real first name. He left the band in early 1974 and became "Joey Ramone" of the legendary first punk rock band, the RAMONES.
I Saw The Ramones Live 4X!
"Achtung Baby liner pictures," U2
One of the many pictures in the album booklet shows bassist Adam Clayton standing nude. His privates are covered up by an "X" or a shamrock (U2 is an Irish band). Get 2 copies of the classic "Achtung Baby" album and you may see the difference.
Achtung, He's Got No Clothes On!
"Powdered Milk Man!," Aquabats
This jumpy ska number starts off with someone saying, "I Am Powdered Milk Man!" in an electronically filtered voice in a lampoon of Ozzy Osbourne's intro in "Iron Man" by the heavy metal band Black Sabbath.
Paranoid War Piggy
"It Doesn't Really Matter," Platinum Blonde
In the video Mark Holmes shouts out "NO!" But when the song is performed live Mark always seems to shout out "SERGE GALLI" or "GUITAR!"
Celeste
"Badmotorfinger album," Soundgarden
The title of that 1991 album is a reference to the Montrose (this band featured Sammy Hagar) song "Bad Motor Scooter". The "motor finger" is a reference to speedy guitar playing, like in punk rock. Look at the album title - you thought this might've been a veiled referral to the street phrase "BAD MF", didn't ya? Guess again ; )
Bad Spoonman
"Too Much Paranoia," Devo
Seriously? They are unwittingly endorsing McDonalds! Have you heard the lyrics?
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"4 (album)," Foreigner
It's the band's 4th album, there were 4 members in the lineup, the first hit "Urgent" peaked at #4, and along with "Waiting For a Girl Like You", "Juke Box Hero" and "Break It Up" - count them, 4 Top 40 hits! - a fifth hit single from the 4 album, "Luanne" also charted in the lower reaches of the Hot 100.
This Entry is Brought to You By the Number 4
"CaliFORE Tour ," Huey Lewis and the News
The first time I saw the band it was at the Lacuna Seca Raceway near Monterey and Salinas. They were on the "Cali-FORE" Tour of May-June 1987 to promote the "FORE!" album that was released the year before. This mini-tour consisted of FOUR/FORE shows in CaliFOREnia - Petaluma, Angels Camp, Lacuna Seca, and Marin County (Bay Area).
I Chase California Girls!

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