Uploaded on Feb 23, 2007
The audio at the beginning is weird, sounds like the guitar and my voice both randomly go into some different tuning. Exotic.
This is the first time I played anything live... so don't step on my balls. Recorded version is sexier:
Comedy rock is a term used to describe rock music that is mixed with satire or other forms of comedy. This tradition can be traced back to the earliest days of rock and roll itself, the most notable early examples being Stan Freberg who lampooned artists such as Elvis Presley and The Platters, and Sheb Wooley whose "Purple People Eater" hit #1 on the Billboard pop charts in 1958 and stayed there 6 weeks.
Some comedy rock artists, such as Frank Zappa, Tenacious D, and more recently, Flight of the Conchords create songs with amusing, witty, and/or over-the-top lyrics. Other acts such as Dread Zeppelin, Beatallica, and GWAR rely more on gimmicks such as outrageous costumes or mixing genres for comic effect.
Many mainstream rock and pop punk bands are known to incorporate comedy songs in their work: Bloodhound Gang, Blink-182, Bowling For Soup, Reel Big Fish, Sublime, Primus, System of a Down and The Presidents of the United States of America.
Rock has been the target of many spoofs and several spoof bands have gone on to have actual hit records, a good example would be The Hee Bee Gee Bees and subsequently Spinal Tap in the U.S., and Bad News in the U.K.. The most successful parody artist is "Weird Al" Yankovic who is now in his fourth decade of creating song parodies and has sold more than 12 million albums (more than any comedy act in history).
Punk rock has made its contribution to the comedy rock ranks, with such bands as Dead Milkmen, The Aquabats and The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black. Sid Vicious' covering "My Way" is comedy rock of a more sardonic sort. The Fat Dudes are described as the Comedy Punk Rock Band. Seattle had "Dumt" playing speed metal 'humorcore, from the late 80's until 1997.
The virtual band Dethklok is death metal spoof featured in the Adult Swim animated program Metalocalypse and their album entitled The Dethalbum debuted at #21 on the Billboard Top 200 list.
The band Steel Panther, formerly known as Metal Skool, has become a fixture on the Los Angeles Sunset Strip with their spoof of 80's glam metal and their success has opened the doors for other Hollywood spoof bands such as The Jimi Homeless Experience.
ICONS is a episodic, comedic, satire rock musical that utilizes both lampooning and parodies of iconic rock artists and original satire rock, created by Greg London. Written in the classic literary format of The Hero's Journey. It started in the West End theater district at the beginning of 2007, then ran in Reno, NV mid 2007 through the end of 2009, and moved to the Strip in Las Vegas in mid 2010
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