Song Spoofs: Do you do any?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Thor, Aug 14, 2003.

  1. Thor

    Thor Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    A band I was in years ago had a couple of twisted members who liked Zappa, Captain Beefheart, Weird Al, etc.

    We used to do a few song spoofs, usually to crank off the idiots who would yell 'Play Free Bird' all night.

    One of the ones we morphed up was
    GARBAGE NIGHT based on 'It's Ladies Night'

    'Well, it's Garbage Night and the smell is right...'

    There was 'Born to Be Weird, the Steppenwolf classic.

    Am I the only wanker here?

    You got any good ones that you have done?

  2. secretdonkey


    Oct 9, 2002
    Austin, TX
    Seems like the temptation to riff on at least a line or two in a cover tune has been an irresistible temptation in most of the bands I've ever been in.

    One of the geetar/vocalists in my current classic rock band does this regularly. Most of his lyric substitutions can't be posted here, but the themes are, umm, familiar...:D

    A couple that happen regularly -- When we play "Twilight Zone" by Golden Earring, the line that goes "when the bullet hits the bone" becomes "when Yule Brenner gets a bone." Also, the line in Steely Dan's "Bodhisattva" that goes "sparkle in your china" gets altered because 'your china' rhymes easily with a certain word that the Bloodhound Gang seemed to have trouble making rhymes for... (Calvin Klein kinda, North Carolina...)

  3. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    For those who yell "Skynyrd"!!!!

    We did "Sweet Home Alabama"...when we hit the chorus-
    Typical Root/Octave bass with the typical hi-hat thing goin' on...I'm glad the ones who yelled "Skynyrd"!!!! had a sense of humour.
  4. wneff

    wneff Supporting Member

    May 27, 2003
    Woburn, MA
    I saw a band that did "prune juice" - to the music of "wild thing". Here are the lyrics:

    Prune juice, you make my stool lose,
    you make everything - juicy ....

    One of my favourite bands in Germany, the Rodgau Monotones, played a spoof of "New York, New York" , just described that little spa-town in Germany with is usually visitd by many old and sickly people to get better.

    So, the song describes all the deseases the people have and that they are here to get well in "Bad Orb, Bad Orb"

    Another German Band played a Bavarian Brass - polka version of "Black and White" .

    Our audience always tell us how much they like the parodies we play. The problem is - we didn't plan to play any parodies :(.

  5. Petebass


    Dec 22, 2002
    QLD Australia
    Thank God spoof means something different over there than it does over here............

    We've been known to sing the Australian national Anthem to the tune of Gilligan's Island - it fits perfectly.

    I once filled in with a band that did did "Message in a bottle" as "Massage in a brothel".
  6. Bob Lee (QSC)

    Bob Lee (QSC) In case you missed it, I work for QSC Audio! Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jul 3, 2001
    Costa Mesa, Calif.
    Technical Communications Developer, QSC Audio
    I used to jam with a few friends and spoof songs abdout 20-some years ago. Jim Croce's Time in a Bottle became Beer in a Bottle, and started "If I could make beer in a bottle, the first thing that I'd like to brew ..." and it sort of went downhill from there. ;) We came up with a pretty elaborate (about three full verses, anyway) spoof of "American Pie." I'm trying to remember how we did it.
  7. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Supporting Member

    A band I was in a couple years ago did a couple of spoofs... not parodies in the Weird Al sense, but still pretty funny IMO.

    1) We played "You Got Another Thing Coming" by Judas Priest, except we played it laid back and funky a la Creedence Clearwater Revival ("Suzi Q" type of groove).

    2) "Horse With No Name" by America: had a slow, pretty intro but then we gave it a heavy pedal-to-the-metal groove like "Paranoid" by Black Sabbath.

    I've always wanted to do a gangsta rap version of Freebird. Can't find any bandmates who are brave (or stupid) enough to try.
  8. My band does "Workin' for the Weekend" by Loverboy. We change up a lot of stuff and throw in a kind-of funky breadown in the middle. It's actually become our staple song. We would just as soon quit playing it, but people like it, so what the hey. Did I mention that my band is Summer in Stereo and we have a website at
  9. amused2KAOS


    Apr 22, 2005
    i havent done an song spoofs but my dad made a song spoof of "love hurts" after he bought a crappy ford. its called "ford sucks"

    ford sucks, ford sucks
    their cars, and their trucks
    it takes alot of balls
    it takes alot of sack
    to return one of their cars
    but you dont get your money back
    ford sucks
  10. slinkp


    Aug 29, 2003
    brooklyn, NY, USA
    I haven't felt compelled to do it onstage, but around the house I sometimes sing this or something like it.
    Feel free to rip this off since it's just a goofy mash-up.

    Smells Like Yellow Submarine

    Well in the town where I was born
    There lived a man who sailed the seas
    And so he told of his life
    Down in the land of submarines
    We all, we all, we all, we all
    We all, we all, we all, we all
    We all, we all, we all, we all
    We all, we all, we all -
    Well we're livin' in a yellow
    submarine-o, And it's yellow
    Here's our drummer, name of Ringo
    And we even let him sing-o, YEAH

    And so we sailed into the sun
    Until we found the sea of green
    And then we lived beneath the waves
    Down in our yellow submarine.
    We all, we all, we all, we all
    We all, we all, we all, we all
    We all, we all, we all, we all
    We all, we all, we all -
    Well we're livin' in a yellow
    submarine-o, And it's yellow
    Like a soggy nectarine-o
    Just don't eat one, you'll need bean-o

    - solo -

    And so we live a life of ease
    And everyone has all we need
    A sky of blue and sea of green
    Down in our yellow submarine.
    We all, we all, we all, we all
    We all, we all, we all, we all
    We all, we all, we all, we all
    We all, we all, we all -
    Well we're livin' in a yellow
    submarine-o, And it's yellow
    Now I'm feelin' like a hippy
    this cartoon is really trippy
    The blue mean-o, apple bonk-o,
    flyin' glove-o, pepperland-o,
    nowhere man-o, nowhere man-o,
    nowhere man-o, nowhere man-o,
    nowhere man-o.
  11. That, sir, should land you in the Sea Of Holes.

  12. Passinwind

    Passinwind I Know Nothing Supporting Member

    "Papa Don't Screech" done falsetto by me, definitely not pretty. :cool:

    "Maneater" with ermmm, rather explicit connotations.

    "Lover" (Spice Girls) as invitation to orgy. I mean: If you wanna be my lover, gotta get with my friends? How do you take that?

    "All The She Wants" (Ace Of Bass) as ode to welfare moms.

    I used to like the "Billy Joel Is Not My Lover" sendup of Jacko too, did that from time to time.

    Actually most of my own songs are perceived as being spoofs anyway. I do a really bad Spinal Tap-ish hair metal solo on guitar in the middle of one of 'em, fer instance.