Sixteen Scandals

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The Capitol Steps look at the scandals in Washington and the rest of the country, at what people are willing to laugh about in our leaders and ourselves. Gauging what people find funny on the national scene these days, Sixteen Scandals offers a new perspective on such national affairs as Iran-Contra, Desert Storm, Bill Clinton's peccadilloes and how our nation keeps its sense of humor even during turbulent times.

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Overview

The Capitol Steps look at the scandals in Washington and the rest of the country, at what people are willing to laugh about in our leaders and ourselves. Gauging what people find funny on the national scene these days, Sixteen Scandals offers a new perspective on such national affairs as Iran-Contra, Desert Storm, Bill Clinton's peccadilloes and how our nation keeps its sense of humor even during turbulent times.

Frolic through the era of "Dutch the Magic Reagan," recall the first George Bush in "A Thousand Pints of Lite," remember Bill Clinton with "The Joy of Sax" and "Libido Loca" and screech right into the present reign of The Big W with "Don't Go Faking You're Smart."

This hilarious book comes with one audio CD with 35 original parody songs and narration from the Capitol Steps, including their ever popular "Lirty Dies" routine. It also contains funny photos of the leaders of sixteen major stages in the life of our country.

The Capitol Steps are former Congressional staffers who started out making up parody songs for Senator Charles Percy's office Christmas party. (They were going to put on a nativity play, but in all of Congress, they couldn't find three wise men or a virgin.) Twenty years later, they have performed live for four presidents and have recorded 20 CDs of their songs.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402203152
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/1/2004
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 7.08 (w) x 8.74 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Cofounders William Strauss and Elaina Newport have been The Capitol Steps's principal writers, director and producer. They wrote a small original paperback on the 1992 presidential campaign, Fools on the Hill. Separately, William Strauss has authored or coauthored six books on American generational history and contemporary culture. He lives in McLean, Virginia. Elaina Newport lives in Arlington, Virginia.
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Table of Contents

1. Fools on the Hill ("Superfranticunproductivenothinglegislation") 1
2. Quoth the Reagan, "Cut Some More" ("Make My Ketchup a Vegetable") 11
3. Dutch the Magic Reagan ("Workin' 9 to 10") 23
4. Thank God I'm a Contra Boy ("We'll Do What Ollie Would") 31
5. Bush Lite ("Read My Flips") 41
6. Stand by Your Dan ("I Want a Man with a Slow Mind") 49
7. Operation Stormin' Norman ("Bomb Bomb Iraq") 61
8. Culture War Chic ("Multipetaled Victims of Pesticidal Food Chain Chauvinism") 69
9. The Joy of Sax ("Why Not Take Al and Me?") 79
10. The Great American Pleasure Palace ("Lirty Dies and Skirty Dandles") 89
11. Atsa Lawyer ("What a Lie-Lie-Lie") 99
12. A Whole Newt World ("The Right Wing's Striking Again") 109
13. The Full Monica ("Unzippin' My Doodah") 117
14. Careful the Things You Say ("So Tell Me What You Did?") 127
15. Y2K & E2K ("I Want a Brand New Pair of Candidates") 137
16. God Bless America ("Which City? What City?") 149
Acknowledgments 161
CD Track List
Chapter 1
1. Introduction (Twenty Years and Sixteen Scandals Ago)
2. Superfranticunproductivenothinglegislation
3. Hark When Gerald Ford Was King / Ronald R Superstar
Chapter 2
4. Mutual Annihilation Society
5. Immense Expense Is Mainly in Defense
Chapter 3
6. Get Me to the Dirge on Time
7. Workin' 9 to 10
8. Don't Know Much about Who Fought Who
9. The Wreck of the Walter Fritz Mondale / 'Crats
Chapter 4
10. While Reagan Sleeps Tonight / Thank God I'm a Contra Boy
11. Who Put the Bomb in Tehran Tehran Tehran?
12. We'll Do What Ollie Would
Chapter 5
13. I'm Not Exciting
14. Fifty Ways to Hide New Taxes
15. We Need a Little Isthmus
Chapter 6
16. Stand by Your Dan
17. I Want a Man with a Slow Mind
18. Keep Him Alive
Chapter 7
19. Iraq Is Robbin'
20. Bomb Bomb Iraq
21. Tie a Yellow Ribbon 'Round My Oldsmobile
Chapter 8
22. Like a Suburban Drone
23. You Don't Bring Me Floriculturally Diverse Polyfragrant Soilistically Challenged Multipetaled Victims of Pesticidal Food Chain Chauvinism
24. Boys Just Wanna Have Guns
Chapter 9
25. The Joy of Sax
26. Ol' Whitewater Keeps on Rollin'
27. The Fondler
28. Return to Center
Chapter 10
29. Fun Fun Fun 'Til Teddy Puts His T-shirt Away
30. Can You Feel the Rub Tonight?
31. Snipped Like a Bobbitt in Two
Chapter 11
32. If You Knew Souter Like I Know Souter
33. Atsa Lawyer
34. Johnnie Cochran's Fairy Tales
35. What a Lie-Lie-Lie
Chapter 12
36. The Loonies of the Right
37. The Right Wing's Striking Again
38. We Like That Old Timer Robert Dole
39. Viagra
Chapter 13
40. Unzippin' My Doodah
41. Livin' Libido Loco
42. Wick Slillie ("Lirty Dies" Backwards Talk)
Chapter 14
43. Unzip Unzip, Ah!
44. My Pants Go Down
Chapter 15
45. Put Ten Grand in the Hand
46. Son of a Bush
47. I Want a Brand New Pair of Candidates
48. There's a Hole in the Center of the Ballot / Singing Chads
Chapter 16
49. Don't Go Faking You're Smart
50. Obama Sin Laden ("Lirty Dies" Backwards Talk)
51. Enron-Ron-Ron
52. Conclusion (Superfranticunproductivenothinglegislation--Reprise)
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