Space Herpes

 

With all the attention on the Coronavirus, everyone seems to have forgotten about space herpes (https://news.sky.com/story/nasa-issues-space-herpes-warning-as-virus-reactivates-in-astronauts-11669335). I haven’t, and I’m using space herpes to fulfill a request from Lewis Winn, my trusty music guru and a phenomenal jazz guitarist (you can listen to Lewis and Milo Jaramillo on “All that Jazz” recorded live in 2017 at our local KUNM radio station: https://www.kunm.org/post/lewis-winn-milo-jaramillo-all-jazz).

Lewis is the one person, besides Laurie, who tells me exactly what he thinks about my parodies. Lewis found my early parodies to be “bloody awful”, but funny and entertaining. Lewis thought my last parody, La Llorona, was not up to par on the bloody awful scale and he emailed me a simple question: “But gee, can’t you just make America bloody awful again?”

I think I have done a pretty bloody good job making America bloody awful again with Space Herpes — strained vocals, rough guitars, sporadic bass, and a silly video with cheesy special effects. The Legos® characters where gracious enough to help with another video, and the one redeeming part of Space Herpes is the drum track is played by Ian Paice, drummer for Deep Purple. Space Herpes is a parody of Deep Purple’s Space Truckin’ off their Machine Head album released 48 years ago this month.

Space Herpes

Music: Deep Purple
Lyrics: Timothy Price
Guitars: Timothy Price
Bass: Timothy Price
Drums: Ian Paice

Well we lip locked with the Vals on Venus
We were making out a lot on Mars
We’re smooching with the groovy aliens
Kissed across the universe a far

We messed around with Borealis
We got space herpes from the stars

Oh no oh no oh no
we got space herpes
oh no oh no oh no
space herpes

Remember when we kissed the moon rocks
Swinging around the Milky Way
We found Uranus was a rude shock
Pluto doesn’t see the light of day

We’re messin’ round in the solar system
And got space herpes along the way

Oh no oh no oh no
we got space herpes
oh no oh no oh no
space herpes

The Fireball we drank was burning
And now we have a new routine
Yeah yeah yeah yeah Marline said
They can kiss, but they cannot sing

We’re messin’ round in the solar system
Swinging around the Milky Way
We messed around with Borealis
Got space herpes everyday

Oh no oh no oh no
we got space herpes
oh no oh no oh no
space herpes

Oh no oh no oh no
we got space herpes
oh no oh no oh no
space herpes

 

29 thoughts on “Space Herpes

  1. Haha… Thank you for this useful and instructive video! 😉 Always enjoying your musical adventures. Live long and proper, my friend!

    • Thanks, Herman. If someone were to get Coronavirus and Space Herpes that would be a real double whammy.

  2. Oh no oh no oh no
    LOL, you’re right! Those are some cheesy effects! Did you leave any cheese on earth for sandwiches?
    A lot of fun here, Tim! This does help promote ideas of non-panic, in its parody way.

  3. I would say it’s bloody unrestful. Before this, I heard that baby boomers were playful, but I didn’t expect your lives to be such plateful. And according to the NASA warning, the longer you hang on to the missions, the greater the risk for the danger to reactivate 🦀 But you sound so cheerful in your songful, which makes me suspect the flightful must be actually blissful, so in the end I mostly stay faithful, trusting your parodies will always be so bloody unrestful 🐙🦄

    • Nice way to put it, Dot. Now I can say either one or use both together as in “awfully bloody and unrestful” or “bloody unrestful and awful” or visa versa. I am a restless one. Therefore, “bloody unrestful” is a fitting description. Thank you for coming up with that.

      Part of the irony and juxtaposition in parodies is doing sad things cheerfully, or taking cheerful things and making them sad. When one is successful at combining the opposites of sad and cheerful together with unrestful and awful in an entertainingly cheesy way, one can produce a relatively decent parody that is bloody awful and unrestful.

      • I just listened to your “La Llorona” again, which is a successful example of doing sad things cheerful. No wonder it makes me feel so frightful every time … Thanks for the insightful explanation on parodies. Now I know whenever I need something either sorrowful or cheerful, I can always come to your bloody awful parodies getting bloody unrestful 🌵

      • Are you familiar with Weird Al Yankovic? He makes bloody wonderful parodies. He’s an exceptionally talented musician and parody maker.

      • No, never heard of him. Might take a listen. But I seem already get everything I need in your parodies, as long as you keep being awful and unrestful 🦌

      • Weird Al is worth looking up. He’s a genius. He does Micheal Jackson really well “Eat it” is a classic parody of “Beat It”. He does a parody called “Gump” that’s really fun. If you Star Wars, “The Saga Begins” is really great. “Amish Paradise” is another Weird Al classic.

      • Ok, I’ll listen to “Eat it, Gump! The Saga begins in Amish Paradise” – judging by the names, they’re my cup of tea 🐞

      • They are a good look at the weird view of culture as perceived and presented by Weird Al. Did you watch “True Stories”?

      • I watched half of it. The group singing and fashion show really gave me a hurtful belly-laugh. But the overall cadence of the plot is a bit too slow for someone with ADHD, so I can’t finish it in one sitting 🐾

      • Those are hilarious parts. It definitely has a slow pace, and unless you are familiar with a lot of the cultural quirks he’s referring to, it would be a problem for ADHD.

      • My unfamiliarity with cultural quirks really is the problem. I am working on it. So far there are two other comedies I found able to really enjoy, “Rat Race” and “Dinner for Schmucks”.

      • I’ve not seen either, but that’s good you could enjoy them. My programmer, Bruce, said “Dinner for Schmucks” is great. Humor is so culturally specific. When we lived in Spain, many of the things the Spanish though were funny, I thought they were sick and disgusting. And that’s the difference in humor between two western cultures.

      • I don’t know what Spanish are like, but I know I am definitely on your side. Your sense of humor is just great. You can see the funny in so many seemingly ordinary things, that’s the telltale of someone truly funny 🐸

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