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Song Parodies -> "Filler"

Original Song Title:

"Thriller"

 (MP3)
Original Performer:

Michael Jackson

Parody Song Title:

"Filler"

Parody Written by:

Rick Duncan

The Lyrics

Every artist has this problem, but some more than others....
It's your first album, you worked for years and put your best stuff on
You got a "Welcome", the record company says make more songs
You try to write but talent takes some time before you make it
It's writer's block but still you crank the tunes out anyway
That won't get played

Now you've got filler, filler songs
And suits don't give a rat's ass cause they sold it on your name
You're selling filler, filler songs
You're writing for your life but getting shriller, filler's the game

You sing a love song and realize it's all been done before
Another dumb song and you'll be in the cut-out bin in stores
You close your ears and hope that you'll get more inspiration
Mediocrity is near and "one-hit-wonder" comes to mind
You're out of rhyme

Your album's filler, filler songs
And no one wants to buy it for it's only got one hit
It's full of filler, filler songs
You're writing 'bout your life but it's no thriller, filler so light

No agents call
The fans start to move on to other bands
There's no recordin' the crap that you're crankin' out right now (Insipid fluff)
This is the end of your run

They're out to bleed you, the managers and sycophants you hired
No longer need you, once several albums in a row misfire
Your day is through, another one will be the flavor of the week
And on your tube we will see "Whatever happened to him?"
On VH-1

You wrote that filler, filler crap
And though you hit the Lotto once, it's not likely twice
Dude, it's all filler, filler pap
So kiss success goodbye and drink a Miller, chill 'er, spill 'er
Filler here on tap

(Rap section with Vincent Half-Price)

Compost lies upon this disc
You had a deadline and took a risk
Critics pan, they want your blood
A dozen tracks but just one good
And what goes up, it's always found
Eventually must come back down
And then you'll face the music Gods
And groupies will remove their bods
The lamest crap is on the air
But we won't hear your tunes up there
The grizzly ghouls from a law firm
Will shake you down and make you squirm
And though you try to remain hip
Your singing voice will quiver
For no lame artist can resist
The urge to pad with filler

(Hackneyed lyrics and laughter)

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Pacing: 5.0
How Funny: 4.9
Overall Rating: 4.9

Total Votes: 30

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Ashkicksass - August 17, 2004 - Report this comment
Well this certainly isn't filler...
John Barry - August 17, 2004 - Report this comment
There an old gag in the publishing biz: Put a fake byline of Phillip S. Pace above filler.
2nz - August 17, 2004 - Report this comment
Let's hope they have Miller at the Never-Again-Land Ranch. Nice one, Rick.
John Lomain - August 17, 2004 - Report this comment
Really funny stuff, so true.
Arwen - August 17, 2004 - Report this comment
This is actually true about the majority of my parodies...; ) 5s, Rick...=)
Johnny D - August 17, 2004 - Report this comment
Brilliant all the way through, Rick, and you saved the best for last:

"And though you try to remain hip
Your singing voice will quiver
For no lame artist can resist
The urge to pad with filler"
Dee Range - August 17, 2004 - Report this comment
Don't know this, but reads as gospel
Billy Florio - August 17, 2004 - Report this comment
Nice work
Phil Alexander - August 17, 2004 - Report this comment
Super.. is this about every MJ album since Thriller?
The Thought Police - August 17, 2004 - Report this comment
Rick,you have pointed out exactly why the Beatles record for having five songs in the top five spots at once will remain- unbroken. Speaking of top fives,sadly,I can only give you three of them !555
Jeff Reuben - August 20, 2004 - Report this comment
Excellent!
Agrimorfee - August 20, 2004 - Report this comment
Explains every recording by Michael Jackson since that album peaked. 555
Guy - September 01, 2004 - Report this comment
SOTM - Glad to see that you fill-ed out an application for the August song of the month. I missed this one first time around.
Johnny D - September 08, 2004 - Report this comment
(SOTM AUG) See above, folks.
Adagio - September 08, 2004 - Report this comment
(SOTM) 5's
Jake A Ralphing (Luke Brattoni) - September 08, 2004 - Report this comment
(SOTM) Truly chuckle-worthy and easily relatable. (Is that a word?) Fill your bag with 5s.
Agrimorfee - September 09, 2004 - Report this comment
(aug 04 sotm) Previous vote stands.
Arwen - September 10, 2004 - Report this comment
SOTM--You already know that I love this, Rick! If I could re-give my 5s, I would!
Ash - September 10, 2004 - Report this comment
SOTM-hahahaha awright for another Outkaster
Phil Nelson - September 14, 2004 - Report this comment
(SOTM) Already read and voted on this before, but never left a comment. But this one's really hilarious. 5's
Spaff.com - September 19, 2004 - Report this comment
"You've got your whole life to write your first album and six months to write your second." I forgot who I heard say that recently, but it really coulda been anybody. Great job, RAD - you've captured the sophomore slump thrillingly.
martha - September 20, 2004 - Report this comment
loved this one Rick music biz subjects are such a favourite of mine! Superbly executed .. one of your best
Know 1 can hear you dream - September 22, 2004 - Report this comment
(SOTM) Apparently I didn't comment on this the first time around, for some strange reason...
Peregrin - September 30, 2004 - Report this comment
Funny stuff Rick, my 2nd place for August
Meriadoc - September 30, 2004 - Report this comment
(SOTM) Well, I almost made it all the way thru the OS, but couldn't take anymore and hit the 'stop' halfway thru the final verses. But I assume your pacing continued spot on.... Not bad.
Paul Robinson - September 30, 2004 - Report this comment
(AUG SOTM) I've always had the same reaction to the OS as Mer did above, but you did a great job on this one, Rick 5's. Of course, the other side of the coin is the artist who writes for years and finally gets a break...he DOES have a really great album...every song on it is really good...now the record company says, "nice job, son...after you've toured on this one, you 'll have about 4 or 5 months do it again, should be plenty of time..."
Claude Prez - September 30, 2004 - Report this comment
Vincent Half-Price -- heh heh heh -- Great stuff.
2nz - October 01, 2004 - Report this comment
Still good stuff Rick. Still so true (and versatile too, thanks to the music industry in general).
AUGUST 2004 SONG OF THE MONTH SILVER MEDAL - 1 - October 01, 2004 - Report this comment
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Spaff.com - February 08, 2005 - Report this comment
Still a thriller. I'm looking forward to "Behind the Music: RAD & MAD."
John Jenkins - February 10, 2005 - Report this comment
While reading your "it's all been done before" line, I am struck by how much originality there is on amiright, particularly this parody.
2nz - March 14, 2005 - Report this comment
I'l like to take a moment to 2nd what I said and 3rd what I said before that.
Ana - January 24, 2006 - Report this comment
I thought it was very funny. I was going to write a parody like this but I guess you said it all for me. Thanks, anyway.

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