Tag: Parody

Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. The Merry Month of May: My First Beatles Album

 

Bach Meets the BeatlesSomehow, even as a child of the sixties, I survived to adulthood without a single Beatles album to my name. My mother, whose musical tastes were quite eclectic, never cottoned to the Lads from Liverpool, and they didn’t “send” me much, either. We came to the United States in October of 1963 thinking that perhaps we’d escaped the phenomenon–but, No! They followed us here, making their first stateside appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show on February 9 of the following year. But I never traveled hundreds of miles, or stood in line for hours or days, to buy tickets to a Beatles performance. I never formed part of a hysterical mob of screaming young women greeting them at the airport, or at the arena or concert hall. I never howled, or fainted, or threw my panties at the stage while watching them perform. I never even bought one of their records, not 45, or 33 1/3, single, or long-playing, ever.

Mr. She, although growing up in earlier times, likes The Beatles, and I discovered when we took up together, that he did have a few of their albums. “Oh, well,” I said to myself. “Can’t win ’em all. He’s really fond of jazz, too. Argh.” So our home was occasionally graced by what I considered some caterwauling, in between my playing what amused me–early twentieth-century music hall songs and ballads, eighteenth-century Scottish music, old fashioned country-and-western, some African composers, Flanders and Swann. And Bach. You know, the stuff every girl plays on the gramophone when she has a chance. Still no Beatles for me.

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In which your humble correspondent breaks out the disco ball, and then things take a strange turn. The Bee Gees were an Australian trio of brothers: Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb. They could actually carry a tune and sing in three part harmony without computer assistance. Their signature falsetto lead was quite distinctive. One of […]

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Michael Bloomberg dropped out of the race. It was inevitable, given all the money her spent for . . . Samoa! Here he is singing his campaign’s swan song (sung to the tune of “Maria” from West Side Story): The most horrible sound I ever heardAll the horrible sounds of the world in a single […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. The Bulwark Endorses Whom for President?

 

After rigorous pushback across multiple blogs, tweets, and sundry other outlets over its editorial suggesting a Romney-Bloomberg independent ticket (pejoratively nicknamed across the blogosphere variously as “The Fun-Sucker Proxy,” “The Oh God, N0oooooo!!!,” “Bloom-ney,” and “What fresh hell is this?” ticket), The Bulwark has retracted the original article and its endorsement and instead issued a revised piece that editor-in-chief Jonathan Last has called “what America well and truly deserves.”

With the democratic-socialist Bernie Sanders now the Democratic frontrunner and the political arsonist Donald Trump as the Republican incumbent, there is a yawning chasm that has never before existed in American politics. By retreating to their poles, our two major parties have left tens of millions of independents and moderate Democrats and Republicans unrepresented. Satan’s entrance into the presidential race wouldn’t just give the vital center of the electorate a home — it would stand a chance to break the system entirely.

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Newton Minow once described TV as “a vast wasteland.” The new Fall lineup (discovered while I hacked into Sandra Bullock’s personal files the networks’ web sites) proves Mr. Minow’s point. Take a look! New Sitcoms Read More View Post

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Either Poles are too dumb to understand what’s ridiculous about a pornographic butter-churning contest, or they’re not. I’d bet they’re not, and they know a parody of eroticism when they see it. Too bad The Imaginative Conservative doesn’t. Apparently, there’s at least one writer out there lacking the imagination to recognize a parody when he […]

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I recently went down to the StadCave and fired up my trusty TimeTravel 3000 with the MultiHacker attachment. I managed to snag a transcript of the 2000th Ricochet Podcast, already in progress: Rob: . . . and they rejected my pitch out of hand. What nerve! Read More View Post

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I am pleased to announce Woke Pictures has released its first feature film. Here’s a text of the trailer: She was sold into white slavery by her father for a mere 5 Euros. Now our heroine must fight for survival as her new master dominates her in every way—he tells her how to talk. He […]

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“Hello everyone, and welcome to Upside Downs for our coverage of the 2020 Democrat Derby. I’m your host, Robert Barrister, along with my colleague, Donald T. Tower.” Don: Hello, Bob. Great to work with you again, as always. Read More View Post

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Let’s jump right into this simple ditty. Sung to the tune of “Tush” by ZZ Top (just for Good Old Joe): Polls were up, now they’re down.By tomorrow, in the ground.I ain’t askin’ for much.I said, I’m not a pervert,I just want a girl to touch. Read More View Post

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That’s right. The googly-eyed, shark-toothed, New York political phenom has been replaced as the media’s darling by the Bobby Kennedy-esque (not) Beto O’Rourke! I’m sure Beto’s wife Amy is a nice person, but no doubt she’s thrilled by his announcement. Here she is singing to the tune of The Banana Boat Song (with zero regrets […]

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I discovered both the left and the right have written their own versions of Jesus Christ Superstar (Is nothing sacred?). This post will contain the right’s version, and the left’s version will be in a separate post. Here is a song from Donald Trump Superstar. It’s Stormy Daniels, singing about The Donald (sung to “I […]

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I discovered both the left and the right have written their own versions of Jesus Christ Superstar (Is nothing sacred?). This post will contain the left’s version, and the right’s version will be in a separate post. Here is a song from AOC Superstar (sung to the tune of “Jesus Christ Superstar”): Everytime I think […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Flight 94: The Presidential Race Film Franchise

 

Michael Anton’s essay, wherein he claimed the 2016 election was the Flight 93 scenario has slipped into the general consciousness as being either a prophetic doomsday scenario of Hillary’s potential presidency and a last chance to save the nation from disaster, or a now-risible bit of demagoguery aimed to scare voters into voting against their interests, depending on one’s point of view and political leanings. What is undeniable, of course, is that the phrase has stuck and become something of a metaphor or touchstone for how one views the Trump years.

What is also undeniable is that as successful as the phrase has become, it has real franchise potential too. I will go so far as to say that the 2020 election is shaping up to be the Flight 94 election, and like all too many Hollywood superhero/disaster/car-racing underworld second films, it looks to be far worse than the origin story of the first movie.