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Song Parodies -> "Decade Police"

Original Song Title:

"Y.M.C.A."

Original Performer:

Village People

Parody Song Title:

"Decade Police"

Parody Written by:

Stuart McArthur

The Lyrics

Dedicated to Agrimorfee - see his "Dummy" D-Round Contest entry
Writer! - you are making them frown
There's a typo! - and they're writing it down
It says eighties! - in the URL line
but that AINT - when - that - song - chart - ed

How dare! - you think you'll get away
with such out-there! - proof of moral decay
the true vintage! - that you DIDN"T GET RIGHT!
was June Nine - teen - Sev - en - ty - Nine

(bam bam bam bam bam...)

That's why we need to have
DECADE POLICE
That's why we need to have
DECADE POLICE
They know ex-actly when - ev'ry song was brand new
they know all first recordings too

that's why we need to have
DECADE POLICE
that's why we need to have
DECADE POLICE
They are always around -
got their feet on the ground
they are very important men! (...or women)

Writer! - are you listening to me?
I said Writer! - put down that diction-ry
I say Writer! - you can rhyme all you like
but there's ONE - thing - you - must - get - right

Just coz! - you thought noone would care
isn't just cause! - for mistakes to be there
The whole point of! - the entire exercise
is to corr - ect - ly di - a - rise

(bam bam bam bam bam...)

That's why we need to have
DECADE POLICE
That's why we need to have
DECADE POLICE
They've got all of the EN
cyclopaedias and -
they keep all of their Rolling Stones

that's why we need to have
DECADE POLICE
that's why we need to have
DECADE POLICE
They are always around -
they're pedantically sound
they protect writers from themselves

There are - times the decade police
aren't so terrib - ly (just slightly) displeased
so they might not - give you ones for your sin
but that don't - mean - you're - for - giv - en

Poople! - are you listening to me?
I said Google! - your complete parodies
If an OS! - is a coupla years out
you know YOU - will - get - a - vi - sit

(bam bam bam bam bam)

you'll get a visit from
DECADE POLICE
yes you'll be hearing from
DECADE POLICE
They know ev-ery song and the year it was made
they patrol Ami-Right each day

you know we need to have
DECADE POLICE
that's why we need to have
DECADE POLICE
They are always around -
like the earth underground
they are watching your every mo-ove

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Pacing: 5.0
How Funny: 4.9
Overall Rating: 5.0

Total Votes: 39

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ChuckyG - May 10, 2005 - Report this comment
I'm not changing the way parodies are placed on the site in order to satisfy some anal retentive nimrod every time someone puts a parody in the wrong decade.
Adagio - May 10, 2005 - Report this comment
:D That was VERY tongue-in-cheek and funny, Stu!
Lee... um... Neesom. Yeah, that's right... - May 10, 2005 - Report this comment
Well Stuart: great OS, very funny job, and I loved your echoing of 'just cause' with the alternate meaning...

But I'm afraid I must dock you on pacing, since the '(...or women)' throws everything off completely. If it was meant purely as an editorial commentary, and not really meant to be sung, you should have used brackets, thusly: [(...or women)]. Or perhaps '[editor's note: ...or women]'. Or perhaps an endnote. Any of these options would have been acceptable, but as it was, I repeatedly tried to sing that line with the parenthetical notation included, and was unable to make it work, which completely sabotaged what otherwise might have been a very pleasant parody-reading experience.

1-5-5.
Lee... um... whatever... - May 10, 2005 - Report this comment
Um... everyone gets that that wasn't serious, right?
Rick C - May 10, 2005 - Report this comment
I thought this parody was well written and humorous.....555.
Kristof.....Stalin - May 10, 2005 - Report this comment
I can't BELIEVE you didn't apostrophise AINT.....fool. And in line seven..DIDN"T (with a quotation mark instead of an apostrophe), what's that about? And everyone KNOWS that the OS was originally recorded in April 1942 by the Bulgarian vocal quartet, The Hoogivzafok Brothers. Honestly, Stuart....I'm very disappointed. ;-) 555
Adam Eccleshall - May 10, 2005 - Report this comment
Eeeexcellent :-)
Dumb Ass Kid - May 10, 2005 - Report this comment
Brilliant 555
Robert J. Pagliaro - May 10, 2005 - Report this comment
This was very good.
Your Worst Nightmare - May 10, 2005 - Report this comment
I'm afraid the original YMCA was actually written in the 60's by John Doe, although it was *performed* in the seventies by the Village People. So no cigar.

5/5/5!
karen - May 10, 2005 - Report this comment
Excellent one Stu
John Barry - May 10, 2005 - Report this comment
Great job, Stuart. 5s
Jeff Reuben - May 10, 2005 - Report this comment
Absolutely loved it! YWN beat me to my comment though...I would have put this in the 90s =)
C.J. Spindler - May 10, 2005 - Report this comment
Are you sure you wouldn't've put it in the 2000s or miscellany, J.R.? Anyway I think this was well written Stu. You should do more like this.
alvin rhodes - May 10, 2005 - Report this comment
hate the OS...hate the stupid dance even more...i think the decade police need to get a life...the only thing i like is your parody...great job...5s
Jack DeRippa - May 10, 2005 - Report this comment
Wow, "thanks", now I've got the OS stuck in my head! ;-) just messing. 5s.
Stuart McArthur - May 10, 2005 - Report this comment
Chucky - I've even tried to see what the problem is from their perspective, but even then it's too minor to bother expressing, let alone expressing with fury and vindictiveness, and you're right - "anal nimrod" hits it on the head

thanks adagio :-)

right, Leo - gloves are off - I'll meet you over on the MB at 4pm (you choose the weapons) - I actually had "{[(or women...or...children..or pets..or aliens..or Paris Hilton)]}" to protect myself from all angles, but it didn't pace well (or not without taking a deep breath first) - so I'll wear the would-be 1s :)

Thanks Rick

Mein Kristof-Fuehrer: if I wanted to say DIDN'T I would have said DIDN'T!! However I OPTED for the more expressive DIDN"T (sheesh, some people are so stupid - psst Chucky, can you please alter that " to a ' ).......and btw I checked all my Hoogivzafok Brothers albums and the OS doesn't appear once, so it's 4pm over by the MB for you too, MATE!! (grrr)

thanks Adam, DAK, and Robert

YWN, I was tempted to put 60s in the URL line, but I thought I'd be handing a too-easy gag to the DP on a platter, so I didn't - and thanks :)

thanks Karen, John B, Jeff, C.J Spindler, alvin, and Jack!!

and to the Decade Police for making it possible
Kat - May 10, 2005 - Report this comment
Is there any possibility that we could get together a group of editors for this?
Michael Pacholek - May 10, 2005 - Report this comment
Stuart: As a victim of said faux gendarmes, I can always be someone to say he'll sympathize, those guys wear their bile on their sleeve. (Not now, Billy, I'm working here! I'll do one of your songs later!) But I have to ask about this line: "They are very important men! (...or women)"... Are you saying that Merry and Pippin are among them? Kristof: Brilliant comment. Kat: There's a possibility, but why? Leave it alone. It's funny and appropriate.
Stuart McArthur - May 10, 2005 - Report this comment
either.....
a) Kat, what do you mean? - I don't get it ...................OR
b) Michael, what does Kat mean? - I don't get it

thanks Michael, and of course it's not Merry and Pippin, who would've been " (...or elves) "
(...or women) was just a throwaway jab at the Politically Correct Police, while I was at it

and C.J. Spindler - I don't think I've seen you comment on one of mine before, and thanks for the suggestion, but nearly all of mine are like this - ie. satirical, target-based
Jake A Ralphing (Luke Brattoni) - May 11, 2005 - Report this comment
*allows hand to fly over head* No idea what Kat's on about. Funny stuff, Stu, and I echo Leo's love of the echo.

...echo...

...echo...
John Jenkins - May 11, 2005 - Report this comment
Very well done, Stu. But is diarise an Aussie word?
Stuart McArthur - May 11, 2005 - Report this comment
thanks Luke....thanks JJ, and yes "diarise" is Aussie vernacular for anally recording minute detail to avoid upsetting those more anal than oneself
Agrimorfee - May 11, 2005 - Report this comment
Aw, Stuart, thanks a mighty heap for the sympathy! Your song gives me an idea for a Cheap Trick parody...
Josh 999 - May 11, 2005 - Report this comment
Everything flows nicely here. 5/5/5.
Peter Andersson a.k.a K1chyd - May 11, 2005 - Report this comment
Funniest one I've read so far tonight. Lotsa people seams to have beat me to the idea of suggesting you should deliberately have put it under the wrong decade though.
Kim West - May 11, 2005 - Report this comment
I must admit this is pretty funny stuff Stuart. Certainly more creative then what The Village People ever did. Construction workers, Cops, and Indians oh my! Fives to you despite placing that image in my mind.
Stuart McArthur - May 11, 2005 - Report this comment
thanks, Agri, glad you got here

thanks Josh

thanks Peter - yes, as I said above, I thought about it but didn't want to give the DP such an easy comeback gag

thanks Kim - I notice you didn't include the cowboy in your 'bleah' list - we're finding out more about you every day ;-)
... - May 12, 2005 - Report this comment
I remember when the Decade Police themselves would make comments (under that name of course) back in September 2003. They seem to have disappeared after Chucky removed the designations at the very top of each parody, but they may not really be gone. How do we know that they're not lurking under different names?

Great job on the parody. 5-5-5.
Mr critic - May 13, 2005 - Report this comment
I have nothing creative to say, so I'm just going to give this parody straight fives.
Tim Mayfield - May 13, 2005 - Report this comment
Fabulous job and quite poetically stated. Now they need a theme song, maybe the Dedicated Decadent Decade Police March or something.
Dominic L. - May 13, 2005 - Report this comment
Funny! I thought I knew music well, until I got Oops! I Did it Again! In the '90's.
Stuart McArthur - May 14, 2005 - Report this comment
thanks ellipsis
thanks Mr Critic
thanks Tim
thanks Dominic - I would have said '90s too
Johnny D - May 14, 2005 - Report this comment
What Robert J. Pagliaro said.
Stuart McArthur - May 14, 2005 - Report this comment
thanks Johnny!!
not the DP, but Mr Critic - May 14, 2005 - Report this comment
To Dominic L: BS relaesed Opps I Did It Again in '00. Chances are that she may have recorded it in '99, but it was an '00 release AND a hit in '00.
to & - May 15, 2005 - Report this comment
does scathe agree with you?
Dominic L. - June 09, 2005 - Report this comment
I see, well, I think there should be a decade police parody to Radiohead's "Karma Police" (Got to be careful about my English, because the grammar police may read this...)
Johnny D - August 03, 2006 - Report this comment
(ABC) What Johnny D said.
Agimorfee - August 03, 2006 - Report this comment
(ABC3) What Johnny D said!
Red Ant - August 03, 2006 - Report this comment
(ABC3D) I remember reading this when it was posted, though I see I didn't comment. I've had one parody questioned by the DP ("Don;t Sing It!"), but I wound up being right (ha!). I notice Scathe puts everything in "misc", probably to avoid any DP (which, in another context, sounds quite painful). Oh, back to this, I unfortunately remember TOS enough to know the pacing is great, and 'tis funny, so 555. IMHO, you should have put this in the 60s and misspelled the artist name to something like "Villige Peepul". ;-)
bobpiecheese - August 04, 2006 - Report this comment
(ABC3-D) BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! That was the funniest thing I've read in ages!! I don't get visits from the Decade Police...probably because most of my parodies are current songs, and when I actually do one of them old songs, I check what other experienced authors put the parody in. Well done, Stu, my fellow Aussie!
Kristof Robertson - August 06, 2006 - Report this comment
(ABC3-D) See above; it seems the DPs have gone quiet lately. What's to become of us without the Accuracy Nazis watching our every move? Still fine...
Dooglebird - August 06, 2006 - Report this comment
Well, bobpiecheese and Kristof, there hasn't been a comment from an entity under the name "Decade Police" since October 2004...however, they might still be lurking; you never know.
Rick C - August 06, 2006 - Report this comment
(ABC3D) - Yeah, it's tough when you mess up and get caught. I didn't find any messes here though. In fact, this was quite tidily done, Stu! :-)
Cat - August 07, 2006 - Report this comment
(ABC3-D) Very nice, Stu, but it kind of hit home...you see, when I see a spoof with the wrong decade, it GETS to me. At first I start to twitch, then the twitch elevates to a squirm. Pretty soon I start to convulse and the veins in my neck pop out. Eventually I just want to grab the lazy person by the neck and scream until my eyes pop out..."ARE YOU DUMB OR WHAT?!?"

...so, please, let the good police do their job! ;)
Dooglebird - August 08, 2006 - Report this comment
Still, like I said, there hasn't been a comment from an entity under the name "Decade Police" or "Decade Cop" in nearly two years. They still might be lurking. I support them, whether or not they show up.
Matthias - August 08, 2006 - Report this comment
You should have put this in the 80's just to spite them
C.J. Spindler - August 08, 2006 - Report this comment
No, I still think 90's or 00's or even miscellany would've been a better choice. Btw, responding to the author's response to my May 2005 comment: I also support the decade police and what they do; that's the main reason that this one caught my eye.
Michael McVey - August 08, 2006 - Report this comment
Wow, great satire! And correct about the date of the original, it was in the early 60's. Really, I don't see what the big deal is about the decade, to me the title and singer are more important. If a hit song was released in '79, most likely it was still popular in 1980. Next thing you know there will be quibblers who say, "But wait! The '80s began in 1981." -- MM
Dooglebird - August 08, 2006 - Report this comment
No, Michael, they didn't. The 199th Decade is what began in 1981.
Jeff Reuben - August 16, 2006 - Report this comment
Brilliant...having been stung, this one hit close to home.
Peregrin - August 17, 2006 - Report this comment
Found this whilst cruising comments and was really glad I stopped in :) Great work Stu !
Stuart McArthur - August 17, 2006 - Report this comment
thanks Dominic, Jack, bobpie, Kristof, Rick, Cat matthias, C.J. Michael, Jeff and Pippin - and although it only merited 2 votes in the ABCs, it was timely when it was released ;-)
Dylan Baranski - February 15, 2007 - Report this comment
Actually, there have been comments psoted by a guy claiming to be "The Parody Police" or "The Decade Police", but I suspect that they may be impostors.
Dooglebird - February 16, 2007 - Report this comment
No, just the Parody Police.
Eric Andrews - January 10, 2012 - Report this comment
The right decades do matter. If being correct means anal retentive, guilty as charged. Fans are smarter than you think & if you cannot bear to be called on it, tough.

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