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Song Parodies -> "Mime in the Box"

Original Song Title:

"Man in the Box"

Original Performer:

Alice in Chains

Parody Song Title:

"Mime in the Box"

Parody Written by:

Peter Andersson a.k.a K1chyd

The Lyrics

There are ten parodies of this song already but not one of them with this title! (I had to triple check).
I'm the Mime in the box
But it is no hit
Villains come to cave me, cave me

Read my hands, can you see a hut?
Gee! I'm iced, incarcerated
Hard I try, willies, shakin'
Freaks arise, but they send their mutts

I'm the strut on the street
Doves! My pose is shit!
Sparrows come to pave me, pave me

Read my hands, I am quite a nut!
Now I'm iced, and desecrated
Hard I try, willies, quaking'
Fellas shy an' women kick my nuts

Read my hands, I'm an opaque slut!
Always iced, in situ hated
Hard I try, and I'm beggin'
Streakin' guys, cover up your butts!
© Peter Andersson.

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Pacing: 4.4
How Funny: 3.8
Overall Rating: 4.0

Total Votes: 5

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Red Ant - June 19, 2005 - Report this comment
DKTOS ( yeah, right ). Normally I'd dock this on pacing for not including the ah(X18) part (X3) but mimes don't make noise, so I didn't. 5s.
Red Ant - June 19, 2005 - Report this comment
Oh yeah, since you are approximately one out of 4 people on this entire website who know this OS, I shamelessly plug this:
Stuart McArthur - June 20, 2005 - Report this comment
hmm, DKTOS, and I'm ashamed to say I lost the plot completely on this one K1... about a busker maybe?
Peter Andersson - June 20, 2005 - Report this comment
Stuart: Apparently not, it is about your friendly but very bad and hence very irritating neighbourhood mime and/or busker (and had I known the word "busker" before I might have included it in the intro).

Red Ant: LOL! Maybe we should submitt 10 000 no-words, all-blank parodies under the name "A Room Full Of Mimes"! :-)
Grunge is Dead - June 21, 2005 - Report this comment
Hey Peter, have you been in a coma for the past decade? How many people do you think are still listening to Alice in Chains in 2005? Thats right, only one person--YOU! Grunge music went out of fashion at least ten years ago, and it never came back. Nobody knows these obscure Alice in Chains album tracks, therefore, they don't understand your parody. If you're going to write aq parody, at least make it something people can relate to.
Peter Andersson - June 21, 2005 - Report this comment
Hallo ”Grunge is dead”! Normally I wouldn’t bother to replay to such a comment but since you actually bothered to leave the same one on TWO of my songs I figure you might actually come back to check for a reply. I’m aware that Grunge is supposed to be out of fashion, but we are at least four people here who have been writing parodies of AIC lately, which are as many or possibly even one more than rap in general, and just somewhat behind Frank Sinatra measured in popularity that way! ;-)

I’m doing this as a hobby and since some of AIC’s early stuff are still among my favourites I tend to bring them out to evaluate what others write if I’m online those days and sometimes that spawns picking up on one or two of the ideas I have for parodies to their songs myself. Should I ever be given the chance to do something like this for a living (yeah, that’ll be the day!) I will of course then focus on what’s hot rather than what’s not but until then I write to those songs I feel like writing parody to at the moment. With more than 30000 parodies on this site now I’m quite sure you can find something more to your liking if you really want too.
Grunge is Dead - June 21, 2005 - Report this comment
Peter, I never said your Alice in Chains parodies wasn't any good. I just said that nobody knows the songs you're making parodies of. How many people supposed to understand these parodies when hardly anybody has heard "Bleed the Freak" and "Man in the Box"? If you're going to write parodies, they should be parodies of songs that are actually well known to the public, not obscure grunge tunes that nobody has heard. Nobody can enjoy a parody if they havn't heard the original work, and let me assure you, only VERY FEW people know these songs. You wouldn't find one person in a thousand that is familiar with "Bleed the Freak" or "Man in the Box".
Peter Andersson - June 21, 2005 - Report this comment
Grunge is Dead: I did notice that you didn’t say that these two parodies were bad (though I’m the first to admit that they are not my best works either) so no hard feelings there. Maybe we just have a little difference in writers philosophy or something, I think it’s great to get votes and comments when a new parody is on the front page of AmIright, but that to me is not all that counts (and comments are actually more valued than votes), hence the “hot or not” factor is currently not that important to me. I’ll be just as glad for a comment that comes a year later when someone goes to check for parodies of their favourite band. As for Alice in Chains you can see both in the number in the URL to these parodies and in the link below that I’m gonna give you now that they (and parodies to their songs) are not as obscure here as you seem to think. Also, take a look at this URL below and I’m sure you can figure out how to alter it to find parodies to songs by artist that you like and prefer. Enjoy! 
Grunge is Dead - June 21, 2005 - Report this comment
Of course I don't think either of these parodies are bad. How would I know? Its not like I've actually HEARD the song "Blead the Freak". Since I, and about 99.5% of the population has no idea what "Bleed the Freak" sounds like, I have no way of knowing how funny this parody is. It may or may not be good, but 99.5% of the people that read this parody will never know how good your parody is, simply because this song is so obscure. Also, I never said that the songs you make parodies of have to be new. They don't have to be mega hits or chart topping pop tunes. They should just have a reasonable number of people who are familiar with the original work.. I looked up Alice in Chains on, and it said that the songs you parodied are from 1990. Well, I've heard songs from the 80s and 70s that are better remembered than this. I've even heard classical compositions from hundreds of years ago that are better remembered than this. Nobody knows these songs, so nobody understands your parodies.
Grunge is Dead - June 21, 2005 - Report this comment
PS--All the people that listened to AIC in the early 90s have either overdosed, or just grew up and quit listening to AIC. "Dirt" from 1992 went 4 times platinum, and peaked at #6 on the Billboard charts. Now compare that to their "Live" album from 2000. That album tanked at #143, and didn't even go gold. That just proves they are completely forgotten about. It only took them 8 years to go from a multi platinum band, to a forgotten band that only sold a few thousand copies of their live album.
Peter Andersson - June 21, 2005 - Report this comment
Grunge is Dead: If you look at the first comment on this thread you’ll find a link to a page where you’ll find an mp3 of the original song, for comparison! It’s not like I’m not trying! That comment/link will be up until I’m submitting a new parody (and since I’m writing some parodies to songs I only have on cassette it might be beyond that too).

The three most prominent Grunge singers have died or disappeared, I’ll give you that, but have you pondered that is almost a tradition for any music genre? From Holly, Valens and Presley (orginal rock) to Tupac, Biggie and Jam Master Jay (rap) and guys like Bon Scott (AC/DC) and Jim Morrisson (Doors) in between.
Grunge is Dead - June 22, 2005 - Report this comment
Alright, I guess you DO have an MP3 file. But even if you have an MP3 file, an obscure grunge tune just seems like an unusual choice for a parody. For the record, I AM one of the few people who has heard songs by Alice in Chains. I heard that awful "Dirt" CD in 1998, and I have to admit, I hated that album. No offense to anybody that likes that album, all I'm saying is that this band has limited appeal to the general public. "Rooster" was their ONLY good song.
Stephen aka Step-chan - June 23, 2005 - Report this comment
555, very good. We need to rise up against the oppressors and smite them with bazookas.
Stephen aka Step-chan - June 23, 2005 - Report this comment
Hey, Grunge Is Dead, I've actually wrote alot of parodies of obscure Nirvana songs that only people in the hardcore Nirvana community have heard. The ones that I've done are far less known than the ones Peter Anderson has done, but I still sumbit them anyway.
2nz - June 24, 2005 - Report this comment
Hard song, due to lack of words of all things. Well, at least you had a chance to speak your Mime.
Grunge is dead - June 24, 2005 - Report this comment
I bet I know why Layne Stayley used drugs and died of an over dose. I bet his own music probably drove him into depression! He turned to drugs to try to make himself feel better! Who wouldn't be depressed when you're singing "Rain When I Die" and "Dirt" every night of your life? No wonder Layne was such an unstable dopehead!
Peter Andersson - June 27, 2005 - Report this comment
Grunge is dead: You keep coming back to this comments thread and I can’t help wonder why. Sure, some grunge songs have depressing lyrics and some Grunge front figures are now dead because of drugs, but so are the All-American Glamour artist Elvis Presley, after a few years of singing happy show tunes in Las Vegas. And no one is putting down country because Johnny Cash sings about shooting men just to see them die and young boys shooting neighbours like in ”I hung my head”, in fact Johnny Cash’s cover of Nine Inch Nails ”Hurt” (possibly the most suicidal song in terms of horrifying sound effects ever, and it starts like this “I hurt myself today, to see if I still feel”) was one of the big commercial jingles of last years and brought him lots of new fans.

Maybe you’ve lost someone near to drugs during Grunge’s Peak? If so let me tell you that it’s not the fault of the music and you’ll find that people get addicted to various stuff no matter what kind of music they prefer, in all parts of society, for all sorts of reasons and sometimes for no other reason at all than bad luck and exposure/first contact on a bad hair day.

For me 91-93 was one of the best parts of my life, as for the music of that era I think I got hooked on Grunge because it was a much needed reaction to the dire glam rock, early boy bands and we-can-sell-anything-if-it-just-has-a-good-video-on-MTV that was pumped out by the record industry at that time. (Did you know that the awarded video for AHA’s ”Take on me” was put on hold for several months while the record company was searching for the right band with cute looking boys to break through it? When they did they just added their faces). I was a Heavy Metal fan and working at a hotel at that time and we basically had MTV and/or radio on 24 hours a day but as good part of my life as it was, after whole shifts with the chart crap of that time I was as close to suicidal as I have ever been. (I’m re-evaluating that music now, in my older days, and as a parodist, and in small doses at a time, but that’s besides the point here). When Grunge broke into the charts I actually thought of it as uplifting because it and the artists were so obviously real musicians and stood out so much in contrast to the prefab lure and plastic not-a-girl-not-yet-a-skank surface packages that at the time was bad enough, but yet only a hint of what’s to come with Paris Hilton, Britney Spears et al.

Since we’re now back there, in a similar situation, with for example American Idol type contests all over the world (we have them too) which young artists can’t even get on to be eliminated in the first round if they don’t look good enough to match the people in the ads during the program, and rap seems to have gotten stuck in blatant male sexism (Snoop Dog made a scandal at a festival in my country two weeks ago by starting of the show with 30 minutes of porno on his stage widescreen before he came on) and in house cockfighting, I soo think that we need a new Punk/Grunge type of band(s) to rock the boat and storm up the charts.
Stephen aka Step-chan - June 27, 2005 - Report this comment
Well said, Peter.

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