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Song Parodies -> "Bantam Screwed"

Original Song Title:

"I Love You"

Original Performer:

Barney and the Backyard Gang

Parody Song Title:

"Bantam Screwed"

Parody Written by:

Robert D. Arndt Jr.

The Lyrics

The Jeep story is too long to describe fully here, but it is basically about a small company being screwed over by a larger one. Bantam won the contract for the GP (General Purpose) in 1940 only to have larger Willys-Overland complain and enter a resubmission based on the Bantam, but more refined and higher powered. Bantam survived making parts for other military hardware, but lost out on the Jeep success and WW2 honors. Below is the original Machine Gun Carrier vehicle that got the ball rolling...
Bantam screwed,
Won with GVP,
Willys-Overland lost in 1940
Still wouldn't budge,
Asked for a new review,
Took Bantam's design and did improve!

Bantam screwed,
Few for Lend-Lease,
Lost to Willys-Overland who copied "Buggy"*
Bantam was crushed,
Contest was rigged for them to lose,
Willys-Overland had won the feud

Name origin not of Popeye goon**
Original "Belly Flopper" vehicle from 1936: http://www.warwheels.net/images/HowieMGcarrierHAUGH4.jpg

* Bantam's original name was "Blitz Buggy" or nickname "Blitz Bunny" hopping along on a 14 hp engine!
** Some people think Jeep cones from Popeye character Eugene the Jeep. From the comic strip. Nope, it is derived from GP. The Nazis, of course, had their VW Kubelwagen and Schwimmwagen vehicles before the US got the Jeep. Postwar became the VW Thing.

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Jonathan - September 12, 2016 - Report this comment
am I becoming dyslexic? when I first saw this title I could've sworn it said "BATMAN Screwed!" 455
Rob Arndt - September 12, 2016 - Report this comment
Jon, you just gave me an idea ;-)
Jonathan - September 12, 2016 - Report this comment
^ well hooray for my newfound dyslexia! I'm looking forward to it! :)
Commenter - September 12, 2016 - Report this comment
Jonathan, for roadside assistance call 455; for Telephone Directory Assistance, call 455; if you've fallen and you can't get up, call 455; if you have heating complaints in the winter, call 455; to report an erection lasting more than 4 hours, call 455; and to schedule a pre-frontal lobotomy, call 455.

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