Chris Walsh (chris_walsh) wrote,
Chris Walsh

The icing on the cheesy, cheesy cake

I didn't parody "MacArthur Park." You're welcome.

That song is beyond my ability to have fun with it. I learned that after watching the Portland Timbers game last night and being inspired (?) to start writing new lyrics to that tune. I got as far as

Jeld-Wen Field has players who won't yield
They all hustle for that soccer balllllllll
Someone kicked a goal shot in the rain

then went Um, no.

It might have to do with how the original Richard Harris song is already so, so over-the-top and ridiculous -- seven-and-a-half minutes of Dumbledore getting SO WORKED UP over never being able to eat that cake! Oh noes! -- that where do you go from there? Earthquakes? Aliens? The revelation that the Earth's molten magma can be used as tasty replacement icing (if you can stomach the heartburn)?

Even "Weird Al" Yankovic had trouble with that. In 1993 he re-did the song as "Jurassic Park," the lead track of his album Alapalooza, and -- as I, the almost literally lifelong Weird Al fan, can finally admit -- is one of his weaker big songs. It was a stretch, and his reach exceeded his grasp.

(Alapalooza was the last time Al got an album out a year after his previous; I wonder if he'd reached a time when it was better for him to take longer on each album. It also dawned on me recently that his preceding album, 1992's Off the Deep End (which included his smart-assed hit "Smells Like Nirvana") is the better of the two, yet I've listened to Alapalooza far more. CORRECT AND RIGHT, THIS IS NOT. Though I can rectify that.)

The video, at least, did better at being funny:

Also, Al did a far better job at taking an older song and re-purposing it when he re-did Don McLean's "American Pie" as a song summing up what happened in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. That song WORKS. (He'd done that before when redoing The Kinks's "Lola" as "Yoda," too.) Also, writing talent-wise, I am no "Weird Al" Yankovic. My parents just breathed a sigh of relief., there's a better reason redoing "MacArthur Park" doesn't work. The whole, slushy tune Harris is singing is completely the wrong tempo for singing about soccer! (Except are "You'll Never Walk Alone" or "Always Look On the Bright Side of Life" also plagued by this? MUCH RESEARCH FURTHER...) Man, this songwriting tribute thing is tough. OK, I'll stick to learning and singing Timbers chants.
Tags: music, sport!

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