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Song Parodies -> "Coalition Double Feature"

Original Song Title:

"Science Fiction Double Feature"

Original Performer:

Richard O'Brien

Parody Song Title:

"Coalition Double Feature"

Parody Written by:

Phil Alexander

The Lyrics

There's an election coming on this side of the pond - if you've no interest in UK elections, please don't show up and post some inane comment about not being interested in UK elections - I really don't need to be told how parochial some people are.

The last few years have been something a little bit different in UK politics, we've had a coalition government. In one respect, you could say the experiment was a success, in that we've had stable government that has largely been able to govern without having its bills voted down; on the other hand, there is very likely to be one hell of a backlash against the LibDems for enabling one of the most toxic governments we've seen, a government that has done all sorts of things that were in neither party's manifesto, and not very well, either.
Gordon Brown left Number Ten
Back in 2010
But no one really won
David Cameron ought
To have felt distraught
When Nick Clegg became the prodigal son
But then shit got real
Nick and Dave struck a deal
Well, the economy was in a jam
We had to find out whether
They could work together
And this is how on-message ran...

Coalition (ooh ooh ooh) double feature
Michael Gove (ooh ooh ooh) will lecture teachers
Nine thousand pounds for (ooh ooh ooh) Uni tuition
Auster'ty starts in (ooh ooh ooh) some right-wing mission
Wo oh oh oh oh no...

The Westminster double feature farrago

We saw Gideon Osborne
As chancellor was born
Though he seemed a bit of a buffoon
And also on the front
Bench was Jeremy Hunt
The Culture Sec with the unfortunate spoon-
Lansley made such a mess
Of his NHS
Reforms, passing them used lots of skills
When LibDems collude
With Conservative dudes
They're gonna give us some terrible bills

In a
Coalition (ooh ooh ooh) double feature
With John Hayes (ooh ooh ooh) a-quoting Nietzsche
See William Hague off to (ooh ooh ooh) foreign places
LibDems fighting (ooh ooh ooh) for cabinet spaces
Wo oh oh oh oh no

The Westminster double feature farrago
They've gotta go - Oh oh oh oh
The Westminster, double feature farrago
The Status Quo - Wo oh oh oh
The Westminster, double feature farrago
A back-bench row - Oh oh oh oh
The Westminster, double feature farrago

******* Reprise
Now elections're gonna feature
Politicians who'll try to reach ya
Judgment time for Nick and David
Each with a career, they want to save it
Oh, The Westminster double feature farrago, they've gotta go
Oh, The Westminster double feature

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Peregrin - February 19, 2015 - Report this comment
Hey Phil, I wish I had a like button for your opening comment, amen to that. Whilst I do not recognise some of the players in your parody, again, like your other one today, it is not necessary to understand the concepts. In Aus we also have the Westminster system and as well, a coalition government. Not my cup of tea, i must say, presently I have the dubious honour of effectively having to work for them, as one of their faithful servants. Anyway, back to your parody, good job, and may May bring you cheer, come what may.
TJC - February 19, 2015 - Report this comment
Ditto're the Chivago of Farrago!
Leough - February 19, 2015 - Report this comment
Seems you let loose with a double feature of the UK political "horror show."
Timmy1000 - February 19, 2015 - Report this comment
It seems like politics in many countries is just as much a "rocky"mess as the US.
Phil Alexander - February 20, 2015 - Report this comment
Hi Pippin - last UKIP-related parody I posted had a "that's not American politics, we're not interested" sort of comment. But I see that the same parochial pipsqueak has revisited his voting habits.

Leough - there is method in my madness: I'm going to be performing these in character (as Riff Raff) at a RHPS-themed comedy night in April; I've also got some political/satirical shows coming up (including a pre-election special I'm running myself), so they'll get a bit more of an airing.
Callmelennie - February 20, 2015 - Report this comment
So Phil, you make a living performing your own parodies onstage? I sometimes wonder if i could entertain people with some of the things I've written. Any thoughts?
Phil Alexander - February 20, 2015 - Report this comment
Make a living? I wish :-) Though you're the second person in as many days to think I might.. I break even, just about - some gigs pay a few quid, which subsidizes the travel getting to gigs that I don't get paid for. But there's progress, so who knows what might happen over the next few years..

One thing I've noticed is what works best on the page is not generally what gets the best reaction in front of an audience: some of my most popular material live seems more than a little bit weak here, and vice versa. Give it a try, though, and don't be surprised if something you thought was a killer only gets a polite clap, yet a song that nobody looked twice at here brings the house down.

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