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p111no
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« on: 10-08-2003 00:27 »
« Last Edit on: 10-08-2003 00:27 »

In this episode, Bender and the Devil burst into a musical number. Does anyone know the real song that this is a parody of? Im thinking it might be a few different songs. I am concerned with the part where the lyrics go
"Cigars are evil, you wont miss them"
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"Gambling's wrong and so is cheating"
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"Selling bootleg tapes is wrong, musicians need that income to survive"

These all have the same tune, and im trying to figure out what song it is originally from. Thanks
winna

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« Reply #1 on: 10-08-2003 00:31 »

I'm pretty sure it was originally composed... by the good folks who worked on the show.
Asylum-Fry

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« Reply #2 on: 10-08-2003 00:31 »

It's an original song by Christopher Tyng, isn't it? He's an amazing composer.
p111no
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« Reply #3 on: 10-08-2003 00:38 »

Are you guys sure? Download the song and listen for the lyrics I have listed. I know ive heard that tune before somewhere, even if its just in those three lines.
Beamer

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« Reply #4 on: 10-08-2003 01:26 »

Even if that tune does bear some resemblance to another song (which it doesn't), the song is still original.

Also, the first line is "Cigars are evil, you won't miss them" - not "Cigars are evil, you won't listen."
Lionel Hutz Esq

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« Reply #5 on: 10-08-2003 02:27 »

I think it is just a generic parody of up-beat broadway villian song. 
Teral

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« Reply #6 on: 10-08-2003 03:42 »

The lyrics are written by Ken Keeler and Eric Kaplan, and the music is composed by Ken Keeler and Christopher Tyng.

Source: David X Cohen on the DVD audio commentaries (that is, I'm fairly sure it was David).

Most of the big song numbers in Futurama is a joint affort of Ken Keeler and Christopher Tyng.
planetcutie

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« Reply #7 on: 10-08-2003 11:09 »

 
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Originally posted by Asylum-Fry:
It's an original song by Christopher Tyng, isn't it? He's an amazing composer.


Very good for someone who started out as a drummer   smile

"Leela, there's nothing wrong with anything."
ratm9200

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« Reply #8 on: 10-09-2003 17:45 »

actually the beat in the begining(also in the devils hands are idle playthings for a couple seconds) is very similar to a song by the doors, not the same but close.  i never heard anything  close to the rest of the song and im pretty sure its original.
p111no
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« Reply #9 on: 10-09-2003 19:42 »

do you know what song by the doors?
1 of the gang

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« Reply #10 on: 10-09-2003 20:52 »

Okay this is deffinatly an original song and i just have to point out to Beamer that your "Also, the first line is "Cigars are evil, you won't miss them" - not "Cigars are evil, you won't listen." quote is right but i dont recall p111no saying Cigars are evil you wont listen.
Beamer

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« Reply #11 on: 10-09-2003 21:46 »

He did at first. Check out his first post - it's been edited. It wasn't edited when I posted that.
1 of the gang

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« Reply #12 on: 10-09-2003 23:16 »

point taken and noted.
Sorry (bites lip)
Squeezit

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« Reply #13 on: 10-10-2003 00:35 »

It has that kind of "Puttin on the Ritz" kinda feel and that might be what is pulling at your brain cells. But it's its own thing--not a derivative of something ellsseeee
LaVaLaDy

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« Reply #14 on: 10-10-2003 23:06 »

I love the Robot Hell song, Katy Sagal sings very well in it.
1 of the gang

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« Reply #15 on: 10-11-2003 00:00 »

I like Billy West's solo in it =D
I didn't know Billy West or John DiMaggio could sing that low.
I'm proud of them!
Jesse X Barboza

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« Reply #16 on: 10-11-2003 14:19 »

A fully original song, and a great one to boot. It's cool to hear John DiMaggio sing along to it in the 1ACV09 commentary on the Season 1 DVD.
persephohi

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« Reply #17 on: 10-11-2003 15:22 »

It's an original song, but it does remind me a bit of the Squirrel Nut Zippers song "Hell" (good song, check it out).

--Bevin
aslate

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« Reply #18 on: 10-11-2003 15:25 »

It's just one of those generic-style tunes. It's not like it's really complex or anything so alot of songs could probably sounds similar.
Lionel Hutz Esq

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« Reply #19 on: 10-12-2003 04:45 »

If you are looking for a possible source, I would suggest "Damn Yankees."  I don't know it, but based on the one or two songs  I know from it, I could see there being one similar.  Not sure where else on Broadway I would look.
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