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Barnes & Noble - Dr. Demento
At a U.S. Senate office party in 1981, a few staff members collaborated on a new initiative: They assembled a bunch of funny, politically savvy songs, plugged in their mikes, and entertained the inside-the-Beltway crowd. Nineteen years and 20 albums later, Elaina Newport, Bill Strauss, and their singing friends have all but monopolized American political satire. Now featuring 25 performers, the Capitol Steps continue to slash away at liberals and conservatives alike with their monologues, dialogues, and song parodies. They rarely cut deeply enough to draw real blood, which may help explain their longevity, but they often leave us wishing they'd go for the jugular a ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Dr. Demento
At a U.S. Senate office party in 1981, a few staff members collaborated on a new initiative: They assembled a bunch of funny, politically savvy songs, plugged in their mikes, and entertained the inside-the-Beltway crowd. Nineteen years and 20 albums later, Elaina Newport, Bill Strauss, and their singing friends have all but monopolized American political satire. Now featuring 25 performers, the Capitol Steps continue to slash away at liberals and conservatives alike with their monologues, dialogues, and song parodies. They rarely cut deeply enough to draw real blood, which may help explain their longevity, but they often leave us wishing they'd go for the jugular a little more. This CD actually gets more entertaining after they finish with Bill, George W., and Al and take on topics beyond the Beltway, such as "Gourmet Scottish Cooking" and "Dung at Art." And it's got the best installment yet of the Steps' ongoing parade of spoonerisms, "Lirty Dies for a Mew Nillenium."
All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Capitol Steps is an amazing group of singers specializing in hilarious parodies of songs old and new aimed at skewering the eccentricities of politicians from left to right. President Bill Clinton is lampooned for his idiotic trysts with White House intern Monica Lewinsky in "Livin' Libido Loco," a brilliant send up of Ricky Martin's huge Latin hit "Livin' la Vida Loca" that includes the exchange "I won't stand for sex! Standing is not required!" Former President George Bush and his son George sing a duet in "Son of a Bush," using the late Harry Chapin's "Cats in the Cradle." Al Gore is subjected to "Put Ten Grand in the Hand" and "Won't You Go Home, Bill Bradley." Senate hopeful and First Lady Hillary Clinton tries to learn to use a New York accent in "I Can't Say Yo," while NYC mayor Rudy Guilliani complains about the controversial Brooklyn Museum of Art exhibit in "Dung at Art." There are many funny tracks on this CD, all performed as usual in front of live audiences. These parodies ought to give some historical perspective on the turn of the century to future generations. Highly recommended!
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/12/2000
  • Label: Capitol Steps
  • UPC: 095632102024
  • Catalog Number: 1020
  • Sales rank: 295,564

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Capitol Steps Primary Artist
Lenny Williams Piano
Dave Kane Piano
Technical Credits
R.J. Matson Cover Art
Bill Strauss Director
Elaina Newport Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An entertaining salute to the new millennium.

    Besides their usual creative spoofs of politics and politicians, the Capitol Steps deal here with topics of interest to the general society, from HMO's, to TV cooking shows, and more. Some of the songs, like Y2K and NATO, really get the crowd going. The only negative "if negative is even a fair word" is that some of the allusions may escape those listeners who haven't kept close tabs on all the social and political events of the year, including the ones that might seem trivial. The disk still has plenty to recommend it, and I'd certainly encourage anyone interested in it to buy it and laugh along.

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