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Between Iraq and a Hard Place
     

Between Iraq and a Hard Place

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by Capitol Steps
 
The Capitol Steps have been one of the most consistently funny groups to do musical parodies since they released their first CD in 1984. Not only do they have gifted writers, but each of the singers proves to be effective mimics. Political targets are their specialty, especially the hilarious "Hang Down Your Head, Tom Daschle," the opera

Overview

The Capitol Steps have been one of the most consistently funny groups to do musical parodies since they released their first CD in 1984. Not only do they have gifted writers, but each of the singers proves to be effective mimics. Political targets are their specialty, especially the hilarious "Hang Down Your Head, Tom Daschle," the opera spoof "Toricelli," Senator Trent Lott ("It's Not Easy Being White"), "Condoleezza" (sung to "Mona Lisa"), and the sidesplitting duet of "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" by Palestinian leader Yassir Arafat and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. But topics of the day squeeze politics aside, with a series of brilliant lampoons like "401K" (sung to the tune of "YMCA"), airlines charging fat people for two tickets ("You Can't Fly with Giant Thighs," utilizing the music from "You Can't Hide Your Lyin' Eyes"), the stomach flu epidemic aboard Disney's cruise ships ("Bippity Bobbity Spew"), actress Wynona Ryder's shoplifting habit ("Kleptomaniac"), and skewering the pompous talk show host Ted Koppel's concern about the possibility of Disney canceling his series ("Heard it on the Nightline"). Even though most of the topics are little more than fleeting news, this very funny CD should stand the test of time.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/03/2003
Label:
Capitol Steps
UPC:
0095632102321
catalogNumber:
1023
Rank:
182102

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Capitol Steps   Primary Artist
Lenny Williams   Piano
Emily Bell Spitz   Piano
Dave Kane   Piano

Technical Credits

LaVern Baker   Contributor
Neil Diamond   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Lenny Williams   Studio Piano Tracking
Henri Belolo   Composer
Alan Bergman   Composer
Marilyn Bergman   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Alan Luchetti   Composer
Dennis Matkosky   Composer
Bernie Taupin   Composer
StoneBridge   Composer
Richard Paul   Contributor
R.J. Matson   Cover Art
Bill Strauss   Composer,Director
Elaina Newport   Composer,Producer
Mike Loomis   Contributor
Mike Tilford   Contributor
Jamie Zemarel   Contributor
Ann Schmitt   Contributor
Brian Ash   Contributor
Mike Carruthers   Contributor
Andy Clemence   Contributor
Nancy Dolliver   Contributor
Mark Eaton   Composer,Contributor
Brad Van Grack   Contributor
Ann Johnson   Contributor
Anne Willis Hill   Contributor
Traditional   Composer
Jim Smith   Engineer
Kevin Corbett   Contributor
Morgan Duncan   Contributor
Janet Davidson Gordon   Contributor
Greg Hammon   Engineer
Peter McClung   Contributor
Linda Rose Payne   Contributor
Jack Rowles   Contributor
Mike Rowles   Contributor
Tracey Stephens   Contributor
Mike Thornton   Contributor

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Between Iraq and a Hard Place 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's great to see how the Capitol Steps can consistently find humor in even the tensest situations. The pre-war worries about chemical weapons in Iraq made most--if not all--of us scared. But now I enjoy looking back and laughing as these brilliant comics spoof all the main players, from Bush and Saddam to Hans Blix, with familiar songs from a variety of genres. And even the non-Iraqi news events of the time get hilarious makeovers on the CD. Once again, the Capitol Steps make our recent history come alive as we laugh at ourselves, our leaders, and society in general.