Tuesday, December 8, 2009

"Drive Like the Tiger"

I guess it’s pretty boring being the greatest golfer in the world, earning millions upon millions, and being the most recognizable face on the planet. You need to spice things up. Add a little excitement to your life. You know, you need some – transgressions. It seems Tiger was so busy transgressing, you gotta wonder -- how did this guy have time to play golf!?!? Obviously, this is a PR nightmare for Tiger. He even had to cancel participation in his own charity tournament. Well, at least he knows when to pull out…

submit to reddit It’s Tiger’s tale set to music. Follow the singing saga of “The World’s Greatest Swinger.” You never know where you’ll find Tiger’s wood next!
Written & Produced by: Bruce Hopman Vocals by: Ross Hopman
Recorded at JSM Music, NYC

Monday, October 12, 2009

"Healthcare Fighting (Kung Fu Mix)"

It looks like the battle over healthcare reform is winding down. Soon we’ll have a bill. Well, that went smoothly. Just like we learned in Civics class. Except for all the screaming and yelling. And misinformation. And finger pointing. If there’s one thing we learned from healthcare reform it’s that we need some serious lobbying reform. All the money that was spent on those pro-reform and anti-reform ads that flooded the airwaves could’ve insured countless people. But who knows. Maybe what they say is true: “Laughter is the best medicine.” In that case, we need a “Parody Option.” Everyone is eligible. No forms to fill out. And unlike your current health plan, our parodies are free – no co-pay required…

submit to reddit See your favorite political heavy-hitters fight it out over healthcare reform – Kung Fu style!! After months of healthcare bickering and bitterness, this musical parody is just what the doctor ordered.

Lyrics: Bruce Hopman Vocals: Ross Hopman
Audio Engineer: Jeff Vacca
Produced and recorded at JSM Music, NYC

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

"I Crossed the Line"

This was hardly “The Summer of Love.” It seems everywhere you looked, people were crossing the line. Take Glenn Beck. Please. First he calls the President a socialist, a communist, a facist and a racist. Then as if that wasn’t enough name-calling, he throws in the N word. No, not that one. A Nazi. And just when you thought you knew where the line was, it moved even further. It’s no longer enough for Medicaire and Medicaid recipients to show up at Town Hall meetings ranting and raving about how they don’t want the government involved in health care. Now you have to show up with a gun! Is anyone really surprised that some of that Town Hall ‘tude found it’s way into Congress!?! When Rep. Joe Wilson lost it in a special joint session of congress, I thought maybe we’d seen it all. Then Serena Williams had an epic meltdown at the U.S. Open. And while I was waiting for one last act of outrageous behavior so I could finish my parody, the very next day Kayne West has yet another one of his tantrums at yet another award show. Throw in the ongoing saga of Gov.Mark Sanford and the unethical conduct of Michael Jackson’s doctor, and they can make beautiful music together…

submit to reddit Some of the most outrageous behavior of the last few months comes together in one outburst-packed musical parody. It’s the “Best of the Worst,” all set to the music of Johnny Cash -- no stranger to crossing the line himself.

Lyrics: Bruce Hopman Vocals: Ross Hopman
Music Edit: Blast, NYC

Monday, June 22, 2009


When the Guantanamo Bay Tourism Board approached me to help promote the Guantanamo Bay detention facility as a world-class resort destination, I jumped at the opportunity. Politics aside, this is a prime piece of Caribbean real estate. Oceanfront property ain’t cheap, and we are in the midst of a financial crisis. I figured there must me something we can do to cash in. Maybe we turn it into a landmark destination? Like Alcatraz. Or a resort zone? You know, like Cancun. Or how about a Vegas-style theme hotel like Ceasar’s Palace? This way we can keep all the orange jumpsuits. Guantanamo Bay Hotel & Casino. That actually has a nice ring to it. Sure, they all laughed when Bugsy Siegel had the dream of turning an isolated patch of dessert into a gambling Mecca, but who’s laughing now? (Okay, maybe that wasn’t the best example since he was shot to death, but you get the point.) When they normalize relations with Cuba, we’ll see who’s laughing. To make sure people take this seriously (we wouldn’t want people to think this is joke!!) we even have a website:


But there’s much more work to be done. Currently, we have plans to convert all interrogation cells into more guest-friendly “Chat Rooms.” And we’re re-thinking our check-out policy. Of course, I’m counting on my friends in the ad world to vote in the slogan poll, or come up with your own. Like any good ex-ad man, if you come up with the winning theme I will gladly take credit for it…

submit to reddit The Guantanamo Bay Tourism Board invites you to visit the most exclusive island getaway in the world. Experience our warm Cuban sun, cool Caribbean breezes and world infamous CIA hospitality.

Lyrics: Bruce Hopman Vocals: Ross Hopman

Saturday, May 9, 2009

“Hey Paula (American Idol Mix)”

Yes, I watch American Idol. I watch, but I don’t vote. If I did, I’d cast mine for Danny. He reminds me of Michael McDonald, and I always liked the Doobie Brothers. Kris is a nice guy, but I didn’t even know his name until there were only five contestants left. Idols should be more memorable than that. Adam is certainly unforgettable, but the high-pitched scream thing really bothers me. I guess it’s fine when he’s singing just one song, but I can’t imagine hearing that song after song after song. But what do I know? I’m no judge. As for them… do I think Simon is a pompous ass? Sure, and he gets really bad hair cuts. But I also think his comments are usually dead on. Randy is pretty good. I really like Cara. I think she gives great, constructive feedback. And I think she’s cute. And Paula? Well, I feel the same way about her as Anderson Cooper does. (In case you didn’t hear his comments on the Tonight Show, CLICK HERE.) I don’t mind that she’s a flake, but to get her to say anything negative about a contestant they’d have to sing as bad as ME. (Just because I can write songs, that doesn’t mean I can sing them. Trust me.)

SPECIAL NOTE: My daughter is a guest vocalist on this parody, so I guess this month we’re Parody & Son & Daughter…

submit to reddit Does Simon make your skin crawl? Does Paula make your head spin? Love ‘em or hate ‘em, the only thing more fun than judging American Idol contestants, is judging the judges!

Lyrics: Bruce Hopman Vocals: Ross Hopman, Allie Hopman

Friday, April 10, 2009

“Goin’ to the C.P.A (The Tax Song)”

When I was thinking about what to say about taxes, I came across so many great quotes I figured I’d let others do the talking for once. Everyone knows what Benjamin Franklin said about death and taxes being the only certainties in life. But I like what Will Rogers said better: the only difference between death and taxes is that death doesn’t get worse every time Congress meets. While an unknown author said of life's two certainties, there’s only one for which you can get an automatic extension. Ronald Regan had a good one too. He said the taxpayer was someone who worked for the federal government, but didn’t have to take the Civil Service exam. Former Louisiana Senator Russell B. Long said a tax loophole is "something that benefits the other guy. If it benefits you, it is tax reform.'' And former Secretary of the Treasury William Simon said, “The nation should have a tax system that looks like someone designed it on purpose. “ This is good stuff. Albert Einstein said, “The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax.” How great is that!?! There’s an old Jewish proverb that says taxes are one of the only things that can grow without rain. Another unknown author said people who complain about taxes can be divided into two classes: men and women. But my favorite quote was attributed to another unknown author who said, ”Did you ever notice that when you put the words "THE" and "IRS" together, it spells "THEIRS?" I mean, I can write parodies, but this stuff is priceless…
submit to reddit Why just complain about paying taxes when you can SING about complaining about paying taxes?!? Follow the tale of a typical taxpayer who tells the I.R.S. to K.M.A!! WARNING: DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME.

Lyrics: Bruce Hopman Vocals: Ross Hopman
Recorded at JSM Music, NY

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

“Can’t Keep On Making More Babies”

You gotta love that OctoMom. Six kids at home, eight more in the hospital, and she still finds time to hire a publicist. And fire a publicist. And hire another publicist. And fire them, too. (The last one said, “She was nuts,” like you didn’t already know.) Of course, like all parents, now she’ll have to make sacrifices. She might have to get a job -- so she can maintain her Botox treatments. As for the calls to 9-1-1, I’m not saying anyone couldn’t misplace their kid now and then. But if she lost track when she had 6, what’s going to happen with 14!?!? It’s also been reported that Nadya hasn’t had sex in 8 years!! (Well, there’s something we both have in common.) The way I see it, it’ll be at least another 8 before she’s got a shot. With all those kids running around, she might not have time for dating…

submit to reddit She’s a mother of 14! She’s unemployed! She’s out of her mind! And now she’s the star of her own musical parody!! See “OctoMom” Nadya Suleman (as Angelina Jolie) in this cautionary tale of birth out-of-control.
Lyrics: Bruce Hopman Vocals: Ross Hopman
Recorded at JSM Music, NYC

It’s hard to believe it was just about one year ago that Elliot Spitzer dropped his drawers in a Washington Hotel room, and I found a new hobby. (That maybe doesn’t sound so good. I meant this whole musical parody thing.) My, how time flies when you’re making fun of people. Back then, Parody & Son was a two man operation working out of my study. Now, a full year later, I sometimes work out of my kitchen. But our commitment to creating classic capsules of current events (and my love for alliteration) remains the same. Our thanks to Elliot Spitzer, Sarah Palin, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the financial industry, the airline industry, the oil industry, Michael Phelps, O.J. Simpson, Rod Blagojevich, Jim McGreevey, A-Rod, Christie Brinkley, OctoMom, John McCain, and John McCain. (We really have to thank him more than once.) And of course, thanks to all the blog subscribers, FaceBook group members and HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of people who have viewed our parodies.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

“Because Michael Phelps Got High"

Looks like the “Baltimore Bullet” shot himself in the foot. Or maybe just stubbed his toe. His career is hardly up in smoke, and there’s clearly no need to demonize Michael Phelps. Of course, we can still make fun of him. In my opinion, the REAL bad guy is the creep that went public with the picture. (Then again, if it weren’t for creeps like him, creeps like ME wouldn’t have the chance to write parodies about Michael Phelps.) The bottom line is a superhuman swimmer reminded us all he’s really human after all. The good news is, now he can run for President!!
In any case, there’s a lesson to be learned. Swimming is clearly a gateway sport to drugs. Parents, keep your kids out of the pool!!!

submit to reddit Hold onto your Speedo!! Olympic champion Michael Phelps is in hot water, and this musical parody takes a look at the scandal stroke for stroke, and toke for toke. (Special appearances by Bob Marley, Snoop Dogg, Paris Hilton, Willie Nelson, George Bush, Bill Clinton & Barack Obama.)

Lyrics: Bruce Hopman Vocals: Ross Hopman