Between Iraq and a Hard Place

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/3/2003
  • Label: Capitol Steps
  • UPC: 095632102321
  • Catalog Number: 1023
  • Sales rank: 210,066

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 II 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    They've done it again in Iraq and beyond!

    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.

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