The theme for this Troika is a little more esoteric than normal – it’s comedians, singing parody songs, in the style of other artists. Weird Al Yankovic has made a whole career out of this, but these are maybe slightly less well known…
- ‘My Turn to be Poorly’ – Brian Appleton
Brian Appleton is Graham Fellows, also known as John Shuttleworth, Jilted John, Dave Tordoff and host of other comic creations. Here his media-studies lecturer persona attempts to show that a song he wrote when he was ill was the inspiration for the nasal, whiney style of The Smiths. The man is a genius, and a Troika on John Shuttleworth’s music alone is due.
- ‘Unisex Chipshop’ – Bill Bailey
In a tribute to Billy Bragg, Bill sings about the oppression of the girl that works in the chippy, and the “sexual fascism that was lurking, round the gherkins”.
- ‘Rodeohead’ – Hard’n Phirm
A medley of Radiohead songs by LA Comedy Duo Hard’n Phirm, performed in a bluegrass style!
Also, I’ve now made my own RSS feed for Troika, as well as submitted it to iTunes. See the new links below!
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- Posted: 06 Apr 2015
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