MORADA MUSIC UNLEASHES COMEDIAN ROCKY MOUNTAIN MIKE’S POLITICALLY INCOHERENT ALBUM ON OCTOBER 8
Political Satirist’s Comedically Correct Collection Jabs at President,
Congress, Pundits and Tea Partiers
POLITICALLY INCOHERENT, the debut album by veteran satirist and radio personality Rocky Mountain Mike, will be released on October 8 from Morada Music, it was announced by Morada president Marshall Blonstein. Billed as a contemporary cousin of Vaughn Meader’s classic Sixties album The First Family, the 29-track collection of spoofs and sendups bills itself as “suitable for lefties, righties and independents.”
Rocky Mountain Mike (Hardeman), best known for his comedic contributions to liberal talk show host Stephanie Miller’s wildly-popular, nationally-syndicated radio program (heard on over 70 stations plus SiriusXM Radio Networks), wrote and produced the album, which features Jim Ward (also a Miller show regular) and the Not Suitable For Work Players ensemble. The incisive, biting humor of POLITICALLY INCOHERENT takes deft comic swipes at public figures such as President Obama, Sarah Palin, House Speaker John Boehner, Rick Perry and Senator Mitch McConnell, as well as prime targets like the Tea Party, drones and the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision.
Among the album’s highlights are a parody of the “OnStar” auto-security system commercial, “Con Star,” in which a driver is given guidance on dealing with his ultra-reactionary passenger, and “Tea Party Harmony,” an eHarmony-style ad that connects those seeking “true right-wing love.” In “Obama Derangement Syndrome,” a typical support-a-child charity solicitation is used to plead for funds to treat folks afflicted with chronic cases of Obama-hating. “What’s My Comment?” inverts the format of the game show What’s My Line?, with right-leaning contestants competing to guess the likeliest online comments to various headlines (show host: “The headline is ‘Remote Alaska Volcano Erupts.’” Contestant’s answer: “Impeach Obama and his Chicago thugs!”). “Rick Perry’s History Lesson” appropriates Johnny Horton’s “The Battle of New Orleans” and Flatt & Scruggs’ “The Ballad of Jed Clampett” as the musical backdrop for a wildly skewered rewriting of American history.
Inspired by such leading comedy lights as Ernie Kovacs, George Carlin and Saturday Night Live, writer-producer Mike Hardeman’s humor has been a prominent feature of radio since 2001. That’s when Hardeman, having spent the Nineties producing corporate event content, became the host of ABC Radio’s America’s Best Country Countdown. In 2006, he started contributing to The Stephanie Miller Show, which has now aired hundreds of his audio bits and sketches; his various takes on the 2011-2012 election season became a highly anticipated feature of Miller’s show—and of his own sizable following on social media. Hardeman’s work has also appeared on The Thom Hartmann Radio (and TV) Program. Residing in his home state of Oklahoma, Hardeman is also a world-class landscape photographer, having published several books of his work. Among owners of his photographic prints are Secretary of State John Kerry and musician Garth Brooks. Over the past five years, Hardeman has also been performing live as a vocalist, keyboardist and guitarist.
Morada Music and Vision is a wing of Audio Fidelity, which specializes in deluxe reissues of classic pop-music recordings. Audio Fidelity was founded in 2002 by music-industry legend Marshall Blonstein and emerged from the pioneering DCC Compact Classics label he founded in 1986, following his tenure as president of Island Records and co-founder of Ode Records (where he helped make Carole King’s Tapestry one of the best-selling albums of all time and built the cult-film franchises The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Cheech & Chong’s Up in Smoke).
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