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([personal profile] aiyume Mar. 17th, 2009 07:31 am)
Tom Lehrer's fame is arguable. Those who have heard of him seem to know a lot about him, and those who haven't (and probably outnumber the former these days) know nothing. ...obviously. However, anyone who has listened to humor and satire long, is bound to have run into his music. The New York Times said of him in 1959 "Mr. Lehrer's muse is not fettered by such inhibiting factors as taste." As with other great comedians, what was once cutting edge can now be considered common place. Some poeple have gone way past what could be considered tasteful these days (not that they aren't still funny).

Lehrer's song "The Irish Ballad" is popular in filk circles and at renaissance faires nationwide. I wasn't able to find a clip showing him singing it (though there are some clips on YouTube showing him perform), and most of the non-Lehrer performances, even by people who have made names for themselves aren't as good as the original. However, I found an individual who lip-syncs a number of songs including a few Lehrer pieces, and he had the good taste to leave in the very humorous introduction. So here I present Ben (RonfarZ3) lip-syncinging Tom Lehrer's "The Irish Ballad" (with intro).

And now that you're all the way down here, I'll suggest that you watch (or at least listen to) the video before clicking any of the other links. My timing is nothing if not late. And as a bonus for reading this far, here is a YouTube Channel dedicated to Tom Lehrer.

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