Singing politicians – a passing fad, we hope

It wasn’t enough that we were all recently exposed to the unbelievably tone-deaf talents of Craig Emerson.

Before that there was former Senator Mary Jo Fisher’s very strange spoken rendition of the Rocky Horror Timewarp number, eerily presaging the instability that eventually segued into serial shoplifting.

Now, God forbid, we have Treasurer Wayne Swan on a Bruce Springsteen kick, although at least he leaves the singing to his daughter who can actually more or less hold a tune.

Sadly, this outbreak of political musicality isn’t original. American politicians have been doing it for years, as this compilation shows. Viewers will note that none are quite as excruciatingly talentless as Emmo, although former US Secretary of State Colin Powell comes close.

Personally I can hardly wait for the surely imminent day when Julia’s partner Tim the Hairdresser goes public with a performance of their mutual favourite pop song by Moving Pictures.

About Ken Parish

Ken Parish is a legal academic, with research areas in public law (constitutional and administrative law), civil procedure and teaching & learning theory and practice. He has been a legal academic for almost 20 years. Before that he ran a legal practice in Darwin for 15 years and was a Member of the NT Legislative Assembly for almost 4 years in the early 1990s.
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john r walker
john r walker(@annesanders)
9 years ago

Ken

Can’t wait for Tonys just a ski instructor

Q
Q
9 years ago

Emerson , Lake and Palmer ?

john r walker
john r walker(@annesanders)
9 years ago
Reply to  Q

Brain salad surgery ?

Dan
Dan
9 years ago
Reply to  john r walker

Life imitates art.

john r walker
john r walker(@annesanders)
9 years ago
Reply to  Dan
Yobbo
Yobbo
9 years ago

Oh, Yes! A pox on both their houses!

paul walter
paul walter
9 years ago

I think the cones have it.. Emerson and Clive Palmer we already have and Twiggy can do back-ups and chicken scratching, along with Mary Jo, the “Coal Miner’s Daughter”and that notorious hell-raiser Erica Betz. They can do “Rinehart Cowboy”, with (Glen) Campbell Newman- all of this will get a mention in Roxon’s internet Rock Encyclopedia..

paul walter
paul walter
9 years ago

Perhaps we could contemplate Emerson, Leak and Palmer?
Yes?

Dan
Dan
9 years ago
Reply to  paul walter

Nice one, Dad.

paul walter
paul walter
9 years ago

Update on Sen.Fisher.
Astonishingly, found not guilty on the shoplifting charge despite being lumbered in the shopping centre car park, yet guilty of assaulting the police who lumbered her.
Go figure?

paul walter
paul walter
9 years ago

Cheeky twerp!

Dan
Dan
9 years ago
Reply to  paul walter

*like*