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11:36 pm - But what if Noah had just said "No suh"?

Well, we'd all have fins and scaly skins
We'd breathe through gills instead of nos-trils
And we'd eat fish food instead of vitamin pills!
(It's scary but it's true...)

I can't decide which bit of A Mighty Wind is more brilliant: The spot-on folk song parodies, or the spot-on album covers.

You gave me sweet things and flowers
You gave me a sky so blue
You gave me a rock to lean on
And I gave myself to you

We wandered through each other's secrets
We traded an honored word
We shared a solemn promise
But like the raven's cry, it must be heard

Now a sailor's life is a life for him
But it never was for me
And I've never soared where the hawk may soar
Or seen what the hawk might see

Never hiked to heaven on a mountain trail
Never rode on a river's rage, no I
Never did no wanderin'
Never did no wanderin'
Never did no wanderin' after all.

I wish someone had done more scans of the album covers. These are all I can find. Well, plus a Mitch solo album a la Dylan:

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Date:August 18th, 2005 04:31 am (UTC)
Personally, I crack up at They say the highways just one big road,
and it goes from here to there
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Date:August 18th, 2005 04:40 am (UTC)
When I first saw the film, the theatre was playing the soundtrack in the auditorium before the show. I really can't be angry for any spoiling that may or may not have happened, because just idly listening to the Folksmen before knowing a thing about 'em, I just thought the theatre had found some Chad Mitchell Trio-esque CD to play. When I heard the highway line, I realized something was up. I also knew I was gonna be in for a big big treat.
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Date:August 18th, 2005 08:10 am (UTC)
Parodies or not, I thought the music was pretty great. I went online to see who actually did the playing and singing, and I found out that the cast wrote and performed all of the songs and instruments. Sure, they're funny and whatnot, but that's a very talented cast to do all of that. The concert at the end was also done live and in front of all of those people, recorded almost in real time.
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Date:August 18th, 2005 12:54 pm (UTC)
You're right. They're extremely talented. You can watch most of the concert on the DVD, too. The cast also did a very truncated live tour in 2003; aussie_nyc got to see them in New York City, the lucky devil, but the Boston show I was going to attend was cancelled.
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Date:August 18th, 2005 01:47 pm (UTC)
I keep waiting for a good opportunity to use "HEY, WHA HAPPEN?" but will such an opportunity ever occur? I DON'T THINK SO...
Date:August 18th, 2005 01:53 pm (UTC)
This movie's completely spoiled my ability to watch actual folk music performances on PBS. Without giggling, anyhow.
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Date:August 18th, 2005 02:22 pm (UTC)
They are both equally great. Oh how I love that movie.

"There was a lot of abuse in my family...mostly the musical kind."
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Date:August 18th, 2005 02:57 pm (UTC)
McKean, Shearer and Guest actually opened for themselves with that number. The Folksmen were Spinal Tap's opening act for at least one tour, giving the trio the rare distinction of actually being booed by the crowd who would, one costume, makeup and instrument change later, cheer them onstage.
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Date:August 18th, 2005 09:23 pm (UTC)
my mom's husband bears a striking resemblance to mckean in a mighty wind. it's...well, it's kind of scary.
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Date:August 18th, 2005 10:32 pm (UTC)
Those are wonderful. I need to see the movie again.

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