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Song Parodies -> "Clancy Brown"

Original Song Title:

"Mack the Knife"

Original Performer:

Bobby Darin

Parody Song Title:

"Clancy Brown"

Parody Written by:

Brad Snyder

The Lyrics

I'm a huge fan of Clancy Brown. "Who?" Exactly. He's one of those actors who's name hovers pretty much under the radar, but you'd know him if you saw him. And you’d probably recall the movie or TV show you saw him in, and what part he played. So this is a tip-of-the-helmet (barbarian, general, cop, take your pick) to one of the great understated actors of our time: Clancy Brown!
[artist: Badboy Glarin’]

I would like to introduce you to someone who you should know.
Call him Clancy, yeah, Clancy Brown, babe.
He stands out, babe, on ev’ry show.

Because he’s an actor, not a star, babe. He’s gone far, babe, been around.
Played some good guys, a lotta bad guys.
What a cool guy, cool guy, is Clancy Brown.

He’s got a face (uh-huh, huh) you..don’t forget, love (uh-uh).
You remember him, yeah, and how. (yep!)
And his voice, it is so distinctive.
“Hey, man, dig it, that’s Clancy Brown!”

Sergeant Zim in (huh, huh) that “Starship Troopers”, dontcha know.
Was great as Rawhide, yeah, one o’ Bonzai’s pals.
Savage Vikings, played some cold-blooded killers.
Henchmen and lawmen, couple ge-ne-rals.

Voiced Lex Luthor (yeah!), fought Highlander (whoa!)
Hung with Spongebob (nice!). Played a..troll.
Worked the ER; nefar’yus at Shawshank.
You can for sure bank on ev’ry role.

Could be the brother (ho, ho, yeah) of another,
Ooh, proficient player, goes by name o’ Ron.
That’s the Perl-man, and a man’s man.
Just like Clancy, Clancy Brown.

And, hey, if you see him (whoa) on TV, man,
Or some real awesome movie, hey, that you have found,
Just sit back, and dig the act, man,
‘Cause it’s Clancy…Clancy Brown.
Good old Clancy Brown. Nothin’ fancy now.
Man, can that Clancy act!!
Some of the embellishments are taken from the original Bobby Darin classic, and some are added to fit the lyrics. So this may not be an exact match, meter-wise, but I believe it's pretty close, babe. (uh-huh)

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Stuart - April 04, 2018 - Report this comment
I think he was in films like Bad Boys, Highlander, Shawshank redemption, and Starship Troopers, right?
Jonathan - April 04, 2018 - Report this comment
oh, I most definitely know of Clancy Brown! the voice of Mr. Krabs in "SpongeBob SquarePants" Vice Principal Pangborn in the (comparatively) short-lived "Rugrats" spin-off "All Grown Up!" and the voice of Dr. Cortex in the "Crash Bandicoot" game series. even offered to reprise the role for the new "N. Sane Trilogy" but was turned down for some bloke named Lex Luthor, or something like that... proving that the developers of said trilogy are the ones that are N. Sane! 5s
Brad Snyder - April 04, 2018 - Report this comment
Stuart: Yep. Mr. Brown was also in TV shows like Lost and Earth 2, and the cult classic Buckaroo Bonzai. He's done a TON of voice-overs for lots of kids' 'toons, like Gunmar, the main baddie in Trollhunters (a pretty good CG kids' show on Netflix). His voice is great for that sort of thing. Just wanted to give him his due somehow, and this tune seemed perfect for that.
Brad Snyder - April 04, 2018 - Report this comment
Jonathan: That's interesting that you mostly recognize him from his voice-overs. I was ### years old when SpongeBob and Rugrats were on, and don't have kids, so I haven't really seen much of either. He's always got something going on, according to his IMDb filmography, which is pretty extensive (no surprise). And anyone who turns him down for ANYTHING probably won't hold their job for long. In my opinion, his presence adds points to whatever he's in. Even if the movie/TV show/'toon isn't that great, it's still better than it would have been. Again, my opinion.
Jonathan - April 04, 2018 - Report this comment
^ grew up in the 90s, with those shows. although, Spongebob has gone downhill hard since 2005. but yeah, if you have Clancy Brown offering to reprise his role for your company, you're a fool to say no!
Agrimorfee - April 05, 2018 - Report this comment
Brown was absolutely fantastic in HBO's short-lived "Carnivale". See a bit of him in action here: . It will shock you.
Brad Snyder - April 05, 2018 - Report this comment
Agrimorfee: I totally forgot about Carnivale. He was great in that! Pretty creepy show, and his character was just as creepy. And he had a main role, which is always good. Thanks for the reminder.
Jim - April 05, 2018 - Report this comment
ISTR he was in films like The Bride, Flubber, Blue Steel, Warcraft, Cowboys and Aliens, John Dies at the End, Shoot to Kill, Hellbenders, and other animated stuff. His face always stands out. His voice I wouldn't recognize.
Brad Snyder - April 05, 2018 - Report this comment
Haven't seen The Bride or Flubber. Saw Blue Steel a looong time ago (on VHS!!), but I'm sure his part was kinda small back then. Loved WarCraft and Cowboys & Aliens. Haven't seen the last three you mentioned, nor any of the animations he lends (rents?) his voice to, except for Trollhunters. Am I the only one that thinks he and Ron Perlman could play brothers in some awesome action movie. That would rock! Hey, maybe Expendables 4! B > )
Larry - April 06, 2018 - Report this comment
Heads up, Brad. Clancy is in the new release "Chappaquiddick" which came out today!
Brad Snyder - April 06, 2018 - Report this comment
Larry: Thanks for letting me know. I saw the title on, but didn't know Clancy Brown was in it. Appreciate it.
Craig - April 07, 2018 - Report this comment
Wasn't Clancy Brown in Thor Ragnarok?
Brad Snyder - April 08, 2018 - Report this comment
Yeah, I noticed that. (minor spoiler warning) Turns out he’s the voice for the big fiery red guy at the beginning and end of the movie. I could say more, but then I’d have to give another, bigger spoiler warning. Anyway, good catch, Craig.

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