We Arm the World

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
The Capitol Steps, a musical political satire group, was still a fairly new concept at the time this LP was released in 1986. This live recording was made in what is evidently a nightclub the Artist's Room in Washington, D.C.. The vocals are fairly good, while the accompaniment consists of just a single pianist, without the electric keyboards and expanded rhythm section added for later albums. The Soviets are a major target, as President Ronald Reagan seemed to be sending Vice President George Bush overseas on a regular basis, as leaders Leonid Breshnev and Yuri Andropov died in quick succession, in "Get Me to the Dirge" sung to "Get Me to the Church on Time". Gorbachev ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
The Capitol Steps, a musical political satire group, was still a fairly new concept at the time this LP was released in 1986. This live recording was made in what is evidently a nightclub the Artist's Room in Washington, D.C.. The vocals are fairly good, while the accompaniment consists of just a single pianist, without the electric keyboards and expanded rhythm section added for later albums. The Soviets are a major target, as President Ronald Reagan seemed to be sending Vice President George Bush overseas on a regular basis, as leaders Leonid Breshnev and Yuri Andropov died in quick succession, in "Get Me to the Dirge" sung to "Get Me to the Church on Time". Gorbachev laments the excessive attention paid by the American press to his outspoken spouse in the hilarious "You Write Up My Wife" borrowing the tune from the lame hit "You Light Up My Life". Of course, Reagan gets his fair share of attention, with "Dutch the Magic Reagan" sung to "Puff the Magic Dragon", and he fumbles with history in "Meet the Press" and duets with controversial budget director David Stockman in "Stock Man," sung to a Harry Belafonte tune. The whole cast lampoons the insipid, overblown pop hit "We Are the World" in the side-splitting finale, "We Arm the World." Although this LP isn't nearly as polished as later releases by the Capitol Steps, who are still recording and touring over two decades after they were founded by a group of Capitol Hill staffers, it is well worth acquiring.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/12/2000
  • Label: Capitol Steps
  • UPC: 095632100228
  • Catalog Number: 1002
  • Sales rank: 341,405

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Capitol Steps Primary Artist
Richard Paul cast
Dave Gencarelli Piano, cast
Jim Aidala cast
Bill Strauss cast
Elaina Newport Piano, cast, Musical Direction
Winthrop Cashdollar cast
Technical Credits
Richard Paul Composer, Lyricist
Dave Gencarelli Lyricist
R.J. Matson Artwork
Jim Aidala Lyricist
Bill Strauss Composer, Director, Lyricist
Elaina Newport Composer, Lyricist, Producer
Winthrop Cashdollar Lyricist
Mike Tilford Composer
Dave Werner Composer
Sandy Darley Contributor
Remy David Engineer
Kevin Kirkpatrick Contributor
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful spoof on Reagan and the Cold War.

    This recording does such a fantastic job on its subject matter that it's hard to find just one or two songs that stand out among all the others. I remember how frightening it was to live under nuclear threat and fear of the Soviets, and the historic events that ended the Cold War. So it's now refreshing to look back and make light of the arms race and everything we feared, especially during those years when those of us who didn't like Reagan were convinced (unnecessarily, it turned out) that Ronnie would press that button and send us all into oblivion. By making me laugh at all those apprehensions, the humor of this recording helps me--and I hope many others--to put the events of those years into proper perspective. And, oh yes, the CD's a source of great fun as well.

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