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One Bush, Two Bush, Old Bush New Bush
     

One Bush, Two Bush, Old Bush New Bush

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by Capitol Steps
 
The 21st CD by the musical comedy group Capitol Steps is another gem. Their parodies are consistently brilliant and topical for late 2000 and early 2001 political history. Beginning with Bill Clinton departing the White House reluctantly as he launches into "Bill's Way" (spoofing "My Way"), trading choruses with fugitive businessman and

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The 21st CD by the musical comedy group Capitol Steps is another gem. Their parodies are consistently brilliant and topical for late 2000 and early 2001 political history. Beginning with Bill Clinton departing the White House reluctantly as he launches into "Bill's Way" (spoofing "My Way"), trading choruses with fugitive businessman and last-minute Clinton pardon recipient Marc Rich and Hillary in "Pardon Me, Bill" (to "Chattanooga Choo Choo"), and the equally riotous "That's My Ghetto" (based on "In the Ghetto") documenting the abandonment of his notoriously expensive Manhattan offices for much cheaper space in Harlem. The 2000 election provides plenty of material, from "Hill'rita" (with music from the nauseating "Don't Cry for Me, Argentina"), to the Florida ballot controversy with "The Singing Chads" ("You Keep Me Hangin' On"), "Punch Three Times" ("Knock Three Times"), and an elderly lady singing with wide vibrato in "There's a Hole in the Center of the Ballot." George W. Bush sings a duet with wife Laura ("My Staff Belongs to Daddy") while Al and Tipper Gore sing "Al Is Alive" (using the disco hit "I Will Survive") and a voter complains with "I Want a Brand New Pair of Candidates." New Russian President Vladimir Putin spices things up with the side-splitting "Puttin' on a Blitz" ("Puttin' on the Ritz"). If only Capitol Steps could omit the long, tedious closing narrative with scripted Spoonerisms all the way through, one could say every track measures up. A contrast stream of what are normally accidental syllable exchanges in a sentence making up a seven-minute monologue isn't very funny the first time through, let along after repeated hearings in the years to follow. But the musical tracks will stand the test of time very well on this highly recommended CD.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/19/2001
Label:
Capitol Steps
UPC:
0095632102123
catalogNumber:
1021

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Performance Credits

Capitol Steps   Primary Artist
Lenny Williams   Piano
Richard Paul   Track Performer
Mike Loomis   Track Performer
Mike Tilford   Choir, Chorus
Jamie Zemarel   Track Performer
Ann Schmitt   Choir, Chorus
Brian Ash   Track Performer
Bari Biern   Track Performer
Mark Irwin   Piano
Mike Carruthers   Track Performer
Andy Clemence   Track Performer
Nancy Dolliver   Track Performer
Mark Eaton   Track Performer
Ann Johnson   Choir, Chorus
Anne Willis Hill   Track Performer
Chorus   Track Performer
Dave Kane   Piano

Technical Credits

R.J. Matson   Cover Art
Bill Strauss   Director
Elaina Newport   Producer

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The contested results and hanging chads in Florida were no laughing matter at the time. Like probably everyone else in the nation, I was fearing an electoral showdown in Congress that would have raised more questions than it resolved. But now, two elections and eight years removed from the 2000 campaigns, I can sit back and howl at the Capitol Steps' brilliant spoofs of all those hair-raising events which made that presidential election anything but normal. Also, being blind, I got a special kick out of the braille reference in the song about the hole in the center of the ballot. The whole album is hilarious, even when the focus of the parodies shifts to Chechnia, Gaza, and Microsoft. All in all, this CD gives us the chance to look back at one of our most agonizing millennial moments with much better humor than would have been possible for us at the time the events occurred.