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Subject: Amiright Hall of Fame

Written By: Michael Pacholek on 03/13/03 at 05:59 p.m.

I propose an Amiright Hall of Fame.  We should nominate characters (not performers of songs) who've been parodied to no end, though not necessarily just at Amiright.  Here are my nominations, in chronological order by their debut on the charts: Miss Lonely (from "Like a Rolling Stone" by Bob Dylan), the Captain of the Yellow Submarine, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds and the guy who's "Back In the U.S.S.R." (the Beatles), The Boy Named Sue (Johnny Cash), Lola (either the Kinks' transvestite or the showgirl from Barry Manilow's "Copacabana" will do), the Paperboy who became a Lonely Teenage Bronking Buck (from "American Pie" by Don McLean), Harry Chapin's "Taxi" driver and the father-son pair from "Cat's In the Cradle," the guy who's "Alone Again, Naturally" (by Gilbert O'Sullivan), Leroy Brown (Jim Croce), the Piano Man (Billy Joel), Lady Marmalade (Patti LaBelle & the Whore Four from "Moulin Rouge"), the killer from "Bohemian Rhapsody" and the champion from "We Are the Champions" (by Queen), the couple who was barely 17 and barely dressed (from "Paradise By the Dashboard Light" by Meat Loaf), the guest of the Hotel California (the Eagles), Billie Jean (Michael Jackson), the guy who was "Born In the U.S.A." (Bruce Springsteen), Janie who's got a gun (Aerosmith).  Jeremiah the Bullfrog from "Joy to the World" by Three Dog Night is eligible, but not enough parodies have been written to that song to qualify him in my opinion.  While Lou Reed's "Walk On the Wild Side" has been parodied many times, Holly Woodlawn, Candy Darling and Little Joe from the song are not eligible, because these were real people that Lou felt like mentioning in the song -- using yourself as such a character is one thing, but using others doesn't count.  I'm suggesting a 10-year eligibility limit, so the guy who claims "I'm Too Sexy" (Right Said Fred) and the passenger on the "Runaway Train" (Soul Asylum) are newly eligible, assuming there are enough (or a few really good) parodies written about them, but Sk8er Boi (Avril Lavigne) and the girl Justin Timberlake tells "Cry Me a River" (whether she's actually Britney or somebody else, not specifying her makes her eligible) are too recent to be considered, even if Sk8er Boi is the Barry Bonds (or would he really be the Ichiro Suzuki?) of Amiright.  Special citations to President Bill Clinton and to George W. Bush, just because they are already the most targeted people in the history of parodies (even Nixon & Reagan didn't get lampooned that much), and to Ozzy Osbourne, who's a living parody anyway.  Any comments on my suggestions? Anybody I missed?

Subject: Re: Amiright Hall of Fame

Written By: Rice Cube on 03/13/03 at 07:24 p.m.

There's something sorta in the works in the "misheard lyrics" thread :)  Check it out over there.