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2008-06-03
Project Sisyphus A Middle East Country, A Middle Earth Mountain Troll-sketch 
Back in the BRT days - Before Reality TV - television networks were forced to actually spend money on their programming, hiring actors and writing scripts. This was time-consuming and expensive, and often left frightful gaps in that prime-time window between "Mannix" and "Love American Style." Hence, the birth of a 1970s-era icon: the Variety Show. These star-studded musical/comedy extravaganzas were often little more entertaining than a test pattern, but viewers surprisingly tuned in, faced with the alternatives of game-show reruns and endless Watergate hearing coverage.

If you're too young to remember these spectacles, take heart: Ladies and gentlemen, Project Sisyphus is proud to present "FuMP-In," a re-creation of an authentic Variety Show in all its polyester-clad glory. Starring Luke Ski and Carrie Dahlby, it's a singing tribute to the artists of the FuMP from the good ol' days of sponsor-supported television.

The highlight of "FuMP-In" is the hosts' parody of "A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit Rock 'n' Roll" - the infamous Donny and Marie Osmond hit as reimagined by Spaff. The song by itself, incidentally, is available here.

Thanks to Tom Smith and Chris Mezzolesta for their delightful cameo appearances.

This song is now available on the following CDs:
      
Comments:
2008-06-02 Carrie Dahlby
I'm just happy to be on the FuMP again! Thanks, guys, for this awesome opportunity. :)
2008-06-03 devospice
Awesome track. The "women are dumb" line killed me.
2008-06-03 MarlinsGirl
that was an Awesome track
2008-06-03 filkertom
Like many families, my family used to be freakishly addicted to these things -- so much so that, even at a young age, I realized that Sonny & Cher, Donny & Marie, and The Hudson Brothers were all produced by the same team. So this was a true nostalgia hit. From the moment Carrie hit, "Everything's A Song", and we got the crowd pop, I just started laughing and laughing.
2008-06-03 Spaff.com
A few more credits: the great Luke Ski wrote the punderful "FuMP-In" sketch around the song, "Everything's a Song" is a Carrie Dahlby original, and I can only imagine how many hours Bob Emmet spent doing all the music, production, mixing, etc.

And to answer the piece's initial question: Yes! I can TOTALLY dig it!

2008-06-03 Spaff.com
A few more credits: the great Luke Ski wrote the punderful "FuMP-In" sketch around the song, "Everything's a Song" is a Carrie Dahlby original, and I can only imagine how many hours Bob Emmet spent doing all the music, production, mixing, etc.

And to answer the piece's initial question: Yes! I can TOTALLY dig it!

2008-06-03 shoebox
... ... ... ...wow. I can't believe you turned an idea this goddamn weird into reality, Spaff (and co.) Nice nice stuff. :) -=ShoEboX=-
2008-06-03 wildcard9
Fantastic sketch and song. I can't believe how wonderful this all came out. I am still counting up all the pun damage I took from it.
2008-06-03 Waffleking
Color me impressed!
2008-06-03 Kristi
I haven't had a chance to hear the whole thing-but VERY COOL. FYI-itunes is not grabbing it for me, but it did grab the Shideshow track from today.
2008-06-03 DJ Particle
FuMP it to ME?? ;)
2008-06-03 MrTuesday
I was until 1am cleaning up the goo after brain exploded from all the puns after hearing this last night on Dementia Radio. Carrie's delivery of "Is it a pig?" was the cutest I've heard her in a released recording. I want a 70's disco mix of the full version of Everything's A Song, Dammit. And Carrie works her pipes like no other in the song. Amazing. This so needs to turned into a video of some sort. Although I doubt that'll happen.
2008-06-03 artpaul
Being a Donny and Marie fan I thought it was quite brilliant. Great song Spaff ! Not only is the dumb woman stuff quite funny but I think I will definitely want to relisten to some of middle east country- middle earth mountain troll references. And if I want to relisten to the lyrics than it is not just funny ha ha but it is intelligent to.
2008-06-03 artpaul
Oh and I wanted to say Luke and Carrie your just perfect for this song.
2008-06-03 davidtanny
How about a disco version of every Fump song ever recorded? BOOGIE!
2008-06-04 Hurricane
In a word: Funny. In Two Words: Really Funny! In many words: Holy Moses!! That wasn't just a song, it was an experience :D There is a lot of truth in this- TV is less creative and more plaid, I mean plain. Oh, and if I see Seamonkey's shoebox I may be tempted to call the bomb squad- no offense Seamonkey, but we'd have to make sure ;) Oh, and if I forgot- Props to Project Sisyphus!!
2008-06-04 Barondave
And they LOOK better than Donnie and Marie, too.
2008-06-04 ProjectSisyphus
Thank you all so much for your support. This was a heap o' fun in the making and it was great working with talents such as Luke and Carrie, not to mention Tom Smith and Chris Mezzolesta (who plays "Don Pardo" in this sketch). Mr Tuesday: don't rule the video thing out! All we need are sets, cameras, costumes, craft services and personal assistants, why we're practically there!
2008-06-04 weirdojace
Songs like these are the reason comedy music never goes anywhere besides its own little community.
2008-06-04 Derwood Bowen
This has to be one of the coolest things I have ever heard in my life!
2008-06-04 davidtanny
Takes me back to the day when network TV didn't suck. Marie was as hot as hell back in the mid 70s.
2008-06-05 DJ Particle
heh...Now I'd like to hear Positude, Flib, and the Bards get together and write/record "Working in the Rest of the References" ;)
2008-06-06 CaptNova
This is better then UR.
2008-06-07 oddaustin
One of my favorite songs to hit The FuMP so far! Awesome stuff Spaff, Bob, Luke, and Carrie!
2008-06-15 marcgunn
hehe. That's awesome!
2008-06-17 djseamus
Well, this is several weeks late, but holy moly, is this track ever fumpin' or what? Carrie, superb vocals yet again, Luke - way to take a character and go with it, and Tom, Bob Emmett, and Chris....you're the glue that hold this wacky thing together like a previously-smashed, Middle-Eastern terra cotta vase. Now I wonder if there will really be a Robert Bros. group in the near future? Lund and Balder would make for one powerful duo.
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