Ah, the comedy song. It’s almost a four-letter word. When it’s bad, it’s terrible, and when it’s good, it might just only be chuckle funny. Either way, it’s a gamble — if your premise is tired, or your punchline not punchy enough, you’ve committed to a full two to three minutes until you can move on. There’s no on-the-fly redirecting or playing to the crowd that a regular stand up can move into.
On Stuckey & Murray Sing the Songs of Stuckey & Murray, acoustic duo Stuckey and Murray (duh) launch into ten to twelve songs and bitlets that can be, at first, described as extremely adequate. Covering topics like accidental gay sex, hot ladies with butterfaces, lady-ness in general, and bad pickup lines set to a melody, it seems that the two shot for some mass appeal, and hit it on the bulls eye.
But while every song isn’t breaking new comedy ground, “Neighbwhore” is a strange combination of electric dance beats and Murray’s neighbors loud sex yelps that he recorded through his floor. And “Internet Feedback” is a great selection of actual YouTube comments strung together for maximized comedy. And standouts like “The Ballad of The Man Who Wears Looney Tunes Clothing,” which is exactly what it sounds like, and “TV Drama,” which lampoons the dramatic closing music of a TV Drama (listen below), show that these gents can bring the funny if they want to, and can stretch new concepts into full tracks if required.
Musically, S&M are rolling down the tracks laid by other well known acoustic duos — Hard and Phirm, Tenacious D, and Flight of the Concords come to mind — and their chops are equally as adequate. But while musically and comedically they might not have the most distinct voice, there’s nothing wrong with following a form. No one rags on Louis C.K. for having some similar tone to Lenny Bruce on some of his material.
While some of these songs don’t have extended replay value, most will get laughs the first time around, and with plenty of musical guests, the songs are musically complex enough to hold your attention — at least until the next track starts.
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