Today begins another theme week. Through this Friday, I will spotlight songs that feature duets. Only ground rule is that the performances have to be exceptions to the artists’ usual lineup. In other words, Indigo Girls don’t count because they are a duo by design. Same goes for Beatles songs where John Lennon and Paul McCartney trade verses.
To kick things off, I’ve chosen a funny song from the movie Walk Hard that parodies early Johnny Cash/June Carter duets and is awash in lewd double entendre (“In my dreams you’re blowing me… some kisses”).
I was thinking that there are some hilarious songs out there in parody movies like Walk Hard and This Is Spinal Tap (who can forget Spinal Tap’s memorable couplet “Big bottom, drive me out of my mind… how can I leave this… behind?”) but there aren’t a whole lot of funny songs by legitimate artists.
Weird Al Yankovic is the major exception. Most people think of him as a comedy act, but he does have some serious musical chops. The guy can write and perform everything from rap to polka, you have to give him credit. But again, he’s viewed more as a comedian than a musician.
Barenaked Ladies are one group that comes to mind who can pull off “serious” songwriting as well as tell a great joke in song. ‘If I Had $1,000,000’ is a great example that works equally well as comedy and a love song.
Surely I’m missing a bunch. Can you think of any musicians whose songs make you laugh?