The Capitol Steps look at the scandals in Washington and the rest of the country, at what people are willing to laugh about in our leaders and ourselves. Gauging what people find funny on the national scene these days, Sixteen Scandals offers a new perspective on such national affairs as Iran-Contra, Desert Storm, Bill Clinton’s peccadilloes and how our nation keeps its sense of humor even during turbulent times.
Frolic through the era of "Dutch the Magic Reagan," recall the first George Bush in "A Thousand Pints of Lite," remember Bill Clinton with "The Joy of Sax" and "Libido Loca" and screech right into the present reign of The Big W with "Don’t Go Faking You’re Smart."
This hilarious book comes with one audio CD with 35 original parody songs and narration from the Capitol Steps, including their ever popular "Lirty Dies" routine. It also contains funny photos of the leaders of sixteen major stages in the life of our country.
The Capitol Steps are former Congressional staffers who started out making up parody songs for Senator Charles Percy’s office Christmas party. (They were going to put on a nativity play, but in all of Congress, they couldn’t find three wise men or a virgin.) Twenty years later, they have performed live for four presidents and have recorded 20 CDs of their songs.
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Cofounders William Strauss and Elaina Newport have been The Capitol Steps's principal writers, director and producer. They wrote a small original paperback on the 1992 presidential campaign, Fools on the Hill. Separately, William Strauss has authored or coauthored six books on American generational history and contemporary culture. He lives in McLean, Virginia. Elaina Newport lives in Arlington, Virginia.From AudioFile:
These former and current congressional staffers have come a long way--from the halls of power to, well, the halls of power. For their quip- and innuendo-filled song parodies, pointed as a Sam Donaldson question to a dallying president, have brought them full circle as they entertain our government and others. Whether they're skewering past administrations or present, the fun and melodious Steps bring laughter as they bid George W. to "Don't Go Pretending You're Smart" (to the tune of "Don't Go Breaking My Heart") and "Stand by Your Dan," sung by Mrs. Quayle to the tune of Tammy Wynette's classic. A fast-paced disc of fun, highly recommended. D.J.B. 2003 Audie Award Finalist © AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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