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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There are characters in the soap 'Emmerdale' called Jack & Diane!
During the late summer and early fall of 1982 "Jack and Diane" was on top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Me and my younger sister were watching a "Three's Company" episode during autumn 82 and main character Jack Tripper was dating a girl named (drumroll, please) - Diane!
When the Jim + Tammy Bakker Heritage U.S.A. Ministry scandal started to break out, this song hit the top of the American Billboard Hot 100. The song's lyrics are critical of the self-ordained preachers and televangelists and their ripoff practices.
Religion Good, Fundyism Not
When the Televangelism scandal came into the news, Phil Collins poked fun at the evangelists who came into the infamous limelight.
In 1985 Phil Collins guested on MIAMI VICE as Phil the Shill. He came to the USA to avoid UK taxes and swindle some more. At episode's end he fled with a suitcase full of money and later appeared on cable TV as televangalist Father Phil. He wore a horribly bad toupee to hide his real life baldness on top. It looked unbelievably ridiculous. Fast forward to 1992. The band Genesis puts out a funny/accurate lampoon of TV preachers and their ripoff practices in the video for the above named song. All 3 members of Genesis are ministry thieves in the music video ("Call now! Pray later! Dial 1-800-GENE-SIS!") and even though Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks have full heads of hair they are wearing lousy toupees just like Phil is. This is probably a comic element.
Rolls Royce Reverend
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