October 23rd, 1959, the parody legend was born. 61 years ago Weird Al, was brought into this world. Since then he’s survived 61 rotations around the sun in this crazy world of ours. Give a round of applause for him and to his 61 more years of parody music mastery.
Of all of the afternoon delight musicians, they all have their delightful stage names; Angel Delight (Tenor), Turkish Delight (Lead), Shepherd’s Delight (Baritone), Sonny Delight (Bass). All together, their voices create beautiful and hilarious harmonies.
With inspiration (and covers) from artists such as Justin Timberlake, Shaggy, R Kelly, Britney Spears, Color Me Badd, Christina Aguilera, they’ve made quite a name for themselves as a combination of modern and vintage sophistication.
Behind the youtube channel, is Eric Calderone, a metal guitarist. He describes himself as a “Tattoo gettin’ comic book readin’ guitar strummin’ point and clickin’ tv watchin’ movie buffin’ wifey lovin’ average guy.”
This is actually a fairly common occurrence. There’s a phenomenon called mondegreens, It means, “a word or phrase resulting from a mishearing of another word or phrase, especially in a song or poem”.
The phrase came from an American writer by the name of Slyvia Wright, and written about San Francisco Chronicle columnist Jon Carroll. Mondegreen is inspired by a misheard line in a poem. She misheard “he laid him on the green” as “Lady Mondegreen” from the Scottish ballad “The Bonny Earl o Moray”.
Although this is a serious pandemic, there is a place for humour in keeping our spirits up. That’s what people do in a time of high stress. There are so many Covid-19 parodies, way more than I thought there would be. I am continuously impressed with the music community and their responses to the crisis….
Although they’re meant for comedy, that’s not all they’re used for. Many musicians have taken to using them as an instrument. This creates a genre of music covers made from rubber chickens. Yes, you did read that correctly. And yes, I do have a list of rubber chicken cover songs.