Michael McVey was born in Indianapolis in May 1968 and promptly took an interest in auto racing. He still has his traffic ticket collection to prove it, and it inspired his famous "I'm a Speeder" which cast "Have You Seen Her" in a fast new light. After graduating from college in 1988, he spent two years in Kansas then became a professional college student and part-time local politician near Chicago. The political influence on his parodies is not subtle, and Michael leaves few if any politicians unattacked. Repugnicans and Demoncrats alike have felt the withering heat of his "assault of laughter against which no evil can stand." (quote from Mark Twain).
Also apparent is Michael's parodies is that women treated him very badly in both Kansas and Illinois. Perhaps the most stinging of his retorts is "I Was Pro-Life When Pro-Life Wasn't Cool", which detailed much of the discrimination he suffered between 1989 and 2003, when he gave up on Illinois and moved to San Antonio. The difference in climate inspired "Gusty North Winds", a parody of "Dust in the Wind" by (ironically) Kansas. This did not mean Chicago got left behind -- "Those Are The Gays," "We Three Kinks" and "Mobster Mash" both refer heavily to Chicago and vicinity. Still, the San Antonio influence can be felt in songs like "All My Hexes Wiped Out Texas," "Is Anybody Blowin' Up San Anone?" and "El Borracho," his first Spanish spoof (with no English translation).
In 2005, Mihcael's life changed dramatically when he fell in love with a Peruvian lady and decided to move to her country. They married in June 2006, and for awhile it appeared the 2006 copyright might be a rarity. Toward the end of that year Michael roared back, and among the gems of "the silent year" are "Caddyshack" (parody of "Captain Jack"), "Daddy Drives Just Like an Old Man", "I'm Still Spamming", "She's Always Fumin' (Secondhand)" and perhaps the best-liked of all, "Age of Asparagus/Vegetarians". You can see the Peruvian influence in songs like "Abancay Llamas" (parody of "Shanghai Breezes" and the blunt "Lima bound", his counter to a little known Gordon Lightfoot song about moving from Toronto to Alberta in search of new love.
With a baby on the way, Michael made sure 2007 got off to a good start with "Seven Texas Rangers", an answer to the Willie Nelson-Ray Charles classic "Seven Spanish Angels"; "Elijah" (about the prophet), and the acidic "Brokeback Mountain", one of his bawdier spoofs. The new year also started with a withering attack on the woman who very well may be America's next President. If you thought Billy Joel's "Miami 2017" was a doom-and-gloom prognostication, "Queen Hillary 2017", referring to the year her second term should expire, truly takes the gloves off.
It is worth noting that two of Michael's favorite things in life, food and animals (especially cats), often find their way into his parodies. From the appetizing "Philadelphia Cheese Steak" to the grotesque "I Left Her Heart in a Can of Crisco", from the witty "Song Sung Moo" and "Catdog" (from "Bird Dog" by The Everley Brothers) to the clever "Meow, Meow" (parody of "Downtown"), and from the satirical "My Dog Has Rabies" (apologies to Trisha Yearwood) to the tear-jerking "The Cats From Yesterday" (inspired by the Eagles' "The Girl From Yesterday"), there is never any shortage of animals in Michael's writings. Besides cats, dogs and cows, Michael has managed to butcher songs to fit kangaroos, mice, birds, llamas and even fictional creatures like the Tribbles from Star Trek -- another heavy influence on Michael and his writings.
Michael may be half a world away from his friends on amiright, but the magic of the Internet ensures that people all over the world will laugh, cry and sometimes even bang their desks at the latest attempts from Lima to mutilate popular songs beyond recognition.