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Capitol Steps went overboard in finding opportunities to spoof both politicians and world events set to the music of familiar tunes. "Don't Go Faking You're Smart" is sung by a pair of dead-on impersonators of Laura and George W. Bush. Al Gore has faded from the political scene somewhat since his loss in 2000, but he makes a brief appearance in "Argentina" as the latest officeholder in that country's revolving-door presidency. It's hard to imagine laughing about terrorism after the events of September 11th, but "Shoe-Bomb" and "Taliban" both of which have amusing monologues preceding them, "Who'll Drop a Bomb During Ram-a-Dan-a-Dan," "Osama Come out Tomorrow," and the ...
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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Capitol Steps went overboard in finding opportunities to spoof both politicians and world events set to the music of familiar tunes. "Don't Go Faking You're Smart" is sung by a pair of dead-on impersonators of Laura and George W. Bush. Al Gore has faded from the political scene somewhat since his loss in 2000, but he makes a brief appearance in "Argentina" as the latest officeholder in that country's revolving-door presidency. It's hard to imagine laughing about terrorism after the events of September 11th, but "Shoe-Bomb" and "Taliban" both of which have amusing monologues preceding them, "Who'll Drop a Bomb During Ram-a-Dan-a-Dan," "Osama Come out Tomorrow," and the hilarious reworking of "Mack the Knife" into "Pack the Knife," a not-so-inaccurate description of tightened airport security, are all a scream. Basketball superstar Michael Jordan's un-retirement is covered in "Old Man Wizard" and Bob Dylan is represented singing "Everybody Must Get Cloned." The writing and performances are brilliant throughout most of the CD, with the exception of the quickly tiresome closing monologue, "Lirty Dies," with over six minutes of scripted spoonerisms, slips of the tongue that are much funnier when they're spontaneous and accidental. But the other 23 tracks more than make up for this dud; this CD should be required listening in history classes of the future to add a little perspective to the subject.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/2/2002
  • Label: Capitol Steps
  • UPC: 095632102222
  • Catalog Number: 1022

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Capitol Steps Primary Artist
Cher Guest Appearance
Tony Blair Guest Appearance
Trent Lott Guest Appearance
Tom Ridge Guest Appearance
Obama Sin Laden Guest Appearance
Jim Jeffords Guest Appearance
Jacques Chirac Guest Appearance
Gary Condit Guest Appearance
Alan Greenspan Guest Appearance
Dick Cheney Guest Appearance
Michael Jordan Guest Appearance
Technical Credits
Lenny Williams Studio Piano Tracking
Richard Paul Contributor
R.J. Matson Cover Art
Bill Strauss Director
Elaina Newport Producer
Mike Loomis Contributor
Mike Tilford Contributor
Jamie Zemarel Contributor
Ann Schmitt Contributor
Brian Ash Contributor
Bari Biern Contributor
Mike Carruthers Contributor
Andy Clemence Contributor
Nancy Dolliver Contributor
Mark Eaton Contributor
Brad Van Grack Contributor
Ann Johnson Contributor
Anne Willis Hill Contributor
Jim Smith Engineer
Kevin Corbett Contributor
Janet Davidson Gordon Contributor
Greg Hammon Engineer
Linda Rose Payne Contributor
Jack Rowles Contributor
Tracey Stephens Contributor
Mike Thornton Contributor
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A sensitively funny treatment of 9/11's aftermath.

    None of us in our right minds can say the terrorist attacks of 9/11/01 were a laughing matter. "I lost a friend at the Twin Towers." But I must admit that on this recording, the Capitol Steps handles the subject matter with tastefully good humor which shouldn't offend anyone other than the most oversensitive. It also helps that there occurred around this time many other events to make us take our minds off that day's horrors. So we laugh, not only about Osama and the Taliban, terrorist alerts and airport security, but also cloning, mad cow disease, Gary Condit's troubles, the EnRon scandal, and the conflicts between Pakistan and India. All this makes this whole CD sensitively funny. I would certainly rank it one of the Capitol Steps' most brilliant satirical achievements.

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