Everybody's a comedian, which means I am too. Parodies are how I got my start in the "music" field. For the longest time I never considered myself very musical or
funny...but one day, after a particulary stressful day of class, I started writing. First, prose...then poetry...then song lyrics! And BOOM
! Turns out, parodies are a great way to relieve stress and poke fun at things!
Polka FaceJanuary 2010
When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. And when Lady Gaga gives you "Poker Face," you turn around and make "Polka Face." Featuring lead vocals from my friend and co-worker Nicole Gibbons and her trusty eastern-European accent, as well as a full-on genre shift from dance to polka, this is the kind of inane silliness you might expect from Weird Al. Looks like we beat him to it... Po-Po-Polka face!
Same Old Shirt And PantsJune 2009
So I'm not exactly a fashion buff, but I took Aerosmith
's "Same Old Song And Dance" and made it about clothes. I don't know what posessed me to do that, but I'm pretty happy with how this turned out. Featuring vocals that are a cut above my usual, as well as a touch of reverb and a good backing track, give this one a listen!
About A Gov'tFebruary 2009
This is basically my opinion of the big government's "stimulus" plan for the economy. Yes, that's right; I decided to do something somewhat socially-relevant (don't get used to it). The song is a parody of Nirvana
's "About A Girl" so what that means is...focus on the words, and not
my singing [in]ability. OK?
Washin' All The DishesSeptember 2008
I'm usually slow to anger; there aren't many things that make me mad. Having to do dishes by hand, instead of using a dishwasher, is one of those things though. But this isn't an angsty, punk-rock song; in fact, it's a parody of Bachman Turner Overdrive's "Takin' Care of Business" which is actually quite upbeat and happy-sounding. Although it's unfortunate that this is probably the last recording that I'll have Theo's assistance with; since we're done with Full Sail and in different parts of the country, production would certainly be more unweildy. So savor this one!
Radio MedleyJune 2008
Inspired by Weird Al's polkas, Theo & I compiled a mash-up of clips from different songs and then we sang and rewrote the lyrics to each part. The premise is: two hillbillies are riding in their pick-up and they're switching through the radio stations to find something good. The whole thing's pretty goofy, and it's almost ten minutes long; so get comfy!
Student LoanJune 2008
This is a pain most all college kids have to endure at some time or another. (Come on, you know you just sighed inside.) I took Michelle Branch's "Everywhere" and made it about student loans. You know, the part where she's all, "I'm not alone..." is now "my student loan..." I actually got a good female singer to sing this one, which sounds a heck of a lot better than my attempt!
I've heard Oasis's "Wonderwall" and I think it's good, but I never knew just what a wonderwall really was. So, to avoid any ambiguity, I just took the song and made it about bowling. I don't even really like bowling that much, but...I can't think of any good bowling songs off the top of my head so yeah.
Calling Long DistanceMay 2008
I always liked Train's "Calling All Angels"; it's just a nice-sounding song. I heard it recently while I was out, and then by the time I got back home, I just about had the whole thing reworked. My rendition of the song actually isn't about angels, but about phones.
This Is How I Gain WeightApril 2008
This is some pretty standard self-deprecating humor. I remember hearing Rob Thomas's "This Is How a Heart Breaks" on the radio a lot, so it was only a matter of time before I took the lyrics and mutilated them. See how it turned out!
Who doesn't love bagels? This song is an ode to the torus-shaped bread, taking on a rendition of Eric Clapton's "Layla." It's also the first song I've recorded that features some of my ocarina. What? No, you're not the only one who doesn't know what an ocarina is...
One FreakMarch 2008
Take the Barenaked Ladies' "One Week" and rewrite it to make it about the stereotypical dorky, pale, lazy video game nerd and you get this song. No, it's not a song about ME... Ha ha... But you'll be glad you're not this guy nonetheless.
Why's It So SlowMarch 2008
Sometimes the Internet is just too slow, it seems. This royally bugs me since I'm online quite a lot. So I let out all my frustration in this song, to the melody of Weezer's "Say It Ain't So." It's a bit on the geeky side, but, you know, so am I.
On SGP DaysMarch 2008
There's a game dev class at Full Sail called Structure of Game Production, or SGP. We get put into teams and are then tasked with designing and building a video game over the span of two months. Sounds fun, right? Well, actually, SGP is one of the harshest beatings I endured as a student...and I took it all out on the Backstreet Boys' "I Want It That Way." You might not get all the references, but at least you'll know that I have it in me to make it as a pop singer! ...
Fresh Prince of Full SailJanuary 2008
So I took the words to the Fresh Prince theme and rewrote 'em to reflect life at Full Sail as a game dev student. Lyrics-wise, I think this is one of my better ones. So if you don't so much as smirk at least once during the song, I would suggest going out and getting a soul.