Netsongs: The Dern Internet Song Parodies

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Like anybody who grew up reading Mad magazine and listening to Tom Lehrer during the late 1950s and 1960s, I love song parodies, e.g., Mad's classic "The Ghoul That I Marry," with a special fondness for those using Gilbert & Sullivan tunes.

Song and poem parodies are also a rich long-standing tradition on the Internet (and in the science fiction community, where they are called filksongs or simply filk), on topics ranging from Unix, Star Trek, and current events to, of course, The Internet itself (including Usenet). These are especially, for some reason, based on Poe's "The Raven," the "To Be or Not to Be" soliloquey from Hamlet, and "I am the Very Model of a Model Major General" from Gilbert & Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance (and, for the especially ambitious, Arlo Guthrie's "Alice's Restaurant" -- I've encountered at least three such).

Over the past few years, I've been guilty of a few of these puppies myself:

Other People's Song Parodies

Like I said at the top of this page, I'm not the only one on the Internet who does and/or posts this kind of infernal nonsense, as you can see:

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