MC Wanker

(Subtitle:  “Things that make me want to fill an intravenous drip bag with Mezcal and mainline it straight into the supraorbital vein in my forehead. For a whole bunch of reasons”.)

What’s that sound?  It’s the sound of our Singing Prime Minister, setting the stage for the next election with yet another outburst of song, this time at the CPC Christmas Orgy.  For those who like to live nauseatingly, here’s MC Steve’s version of “Sweet Caroline”… click it, you are powerless to resist:

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And there’s more (including a rendition of “The  Seeker” that was far too disturbing to post here).  Harper got right into it, performing five(5) songs for the appreciative partisan crowd.  Oh well.  Why not?  The people at the party apparently liked it, and even Harper himself momentarily seemed slightly less reptilian than usual. And as I remarked after Harper’s first Outburst of Song last year, I suspect it can’t hurt his image to be seen doing such Average Guy things as tickling the ivories and singing, slightly off-key, just like we all get roped into doing sooner or later at this time of year.

But wait:  did someone say  “off-key”?:

Upstaged yet again by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who took to the stage Wednesday night at the Conservative caucus Christmas party, the Liberals were up early grumpily emailing reaction. “Not even one song in French,” a senior Ignatieff official told The Globe and Mail on Thursday morning.

It’s just baffling, baffling I tell you, that the Liberals have so much trouble getting the average Canadian to warm up to them.

UPDATE: And not to be outdone by western capitalist pig-dogs…   Careful, Harpie:  next time you get together with Vlad he might start boasting about how his piano is bigger, stronger and faster than yours.     (h/t SQ in the comments)

(h/t the Woodshed)

32 Responses to “MC Wanker”


  1. 1 Rob F Thursday, December 9, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    “It’s just baffling, baffling I tell you, that the Liberals have so much trouble getting the average Canadian to warm up to them”.

    That’s because they replaced the second coming of Edward Blake with the federal equivalent of are (soon to be former) Leader of the Opposition: an uncharismatic flip-flopper who can’t connect (enough) with voters.

  2. 2 B York Thursday, December 9, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    Ugh, his voice is passable but his demeanor is still freaking plastic. What’s with despots and the arts. Didn’t Kim Jong Il fancy himself a movie actor and Saddam Hussein a novelist?

    As for Iggy, he can’t even flip a BBQ burger convincingly.

  3. 3 brebis noire Friday, December 10, 2010 at 5:10 am

    Sorry, I couldn’t get past the first verse of Sweet Caroline. It lacked…bounciness and heart; leaving me with a feeling of slightly off-key coldness.

    While I find it mildly heart-warming that Harper enjoys music and singing, what I don’t get is when these right-wing leaders scorn popular talent shows (because they lack a bootstraps/school of hard knocks cred) and then show up first in line to impose their “talent” on the rest of us. Most often, using music by very lefty, 60s-70s artists they also…scorn.
    To wit, a Palin quote from her recent book:
    “Did you ever wonder where the producers of American Idol come up with the seemingly endless supply of people who can’t sing but are deluded enough to get up in front of a national television audience and screech out a song anyway?”
    Hello? Was that your daughter on DWTS??

  4. 4 Peter Friday, December 10, 2010 at 5:33 am

    “Mr. Prime Minister, Canada voted and you are….SAFE!!!”

    “Uh, no Sir, sorry, we didn’t mean that kind of vote.”

  5. 5 Peter Friday, December 10, 2010 at 7:05 am

    brebis noire:

    I know what you mean about that off-key coldness and dearth of “bounciness”. We cons just can’t seem to do that culture thing properly. If we staged a production of Hamlet, it would come off like a Tim Horton’s commercial starring Dave from Speedy Glass. We may know our hockey ‘n stuff, but it takes a talented leader from the left to show us how to do justice to a popular classic.

  6. 6 fern hill Friday, December 10, 2010 at 8:02 am

    Ha. I can resist even the usually irresistible JJ. I have not and will not succumb. And you can’t make me. :-p

  7. 7 Cornelius T. Zen Friday, December 10, 2010 at 8:47 am

    Good morrow, all!
    I would not watch it, even once
    I would not listen to the dunce
    The thought just makes my old skin crawl
    Would not listen to it at all
    (Dr. Suess must be up to about 78 rpm about now)
    Next up: Ignatieff sings a medly of William Shatner’s greatest hit – CTZen

  8. 8 brebis noire Friday, December 10, 2010 at 10:37 am

    Peter, that video hurt my eyes and my ears. It definitely doesn’t have a reverent Dear Leader vibe like every time Harper sits behind a keyboard with someone filming.
    I couldn’t watch past a few seconds of Jack’s turn on the stage, but it did at least look like he was having fun.

  9. 9 deBeauxOs Friday, December 10, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    BTW Peter, the YouTube that you suggested was clearly an impromptu recording at a silly occasion, not a staged événement as Stevie’s was, with pomp, ceremoney and the aforementioned reverence awarded to the Emperor With Clothes and No Talent except to make his caucus members cry.

  10. 10 Peter Friday, December 10, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    Merry Christmas, deBeauxOs.

  11. 11 Peter Friday, December 10, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    C’mon, let’s get a grip here. The man apparently reached Grade Nine in the Royal Conservatory of Music, which I believe is big stuff. Cons didn’t like Trudeau and attacked him six ways to Sunday, but I don’t remember any of them arguing that the man didn’t really know how to canoe.

  12. 12 Bleatmop Friday, December 10, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    I don’t get how some people can get so upset by our Prime Minister playing the piano and singing Sweet Caroline. Comparisons to Kim J Il and Saddam Hussein, really???? This is something that Canadians do all the time, in a piano bar, at family reunions and so on. So the guy likes to entertain a crowd, so what? I wouldn’t pay to see him play, but I wouldn’t pay to go to that convention anyway. The people there apparently enjoyed it. At least he wasn’t singing Irish Eyes or something equally horrible.

    Also, Sarah Palin and Bristol Palin are not the same person. One person’s actions don’t reflect on the other person’s beliefs. Just saying.

  13. 13 deBeauxOs Friday, December 10, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    Trudeau entertained at Xmas Lib party events by demonstrating his canoeing technique?

    And a Happy New Year to you, Peter.

  14. 14 brebis noire Saturday, December 11, 2010 at 5:37 am

    Good for him. I’m sure Yo-Yo Ma is also very impressed. In the more socialist and egalitarian era when I grew up, it was pretty common to study piano with a Conservatory teacher. If he wants to play in a band in his spare time and write books on hockey, that’s also fine. I wish he’s show the same passion and concern for Canadians; I still see an angry control freak bent on destroying social and arts programs – so the fact he can sing doesn’t warm me to him.

    Bleatmop – srsly? Yes, I’m able to recognize that S. and B. Palin are not the exact same person, but that quote is characteristic of the stunning lack of consciousness that woman consistently shows, not to mention a near direct putdown of her own daughter. OK, I know she doesn’t actually write her own books, we’re also talking about two separate persons (or more) there, but it would be nice if she read them before they’re published. On the other hand, it’s perhaps more entertaining if she doesn’t.

  15. 15 JJ Saturday, December 11, 2010 at 10:04 am

    Rob F

    That’s because they replaced the second coming of Edward Blake with the federal equivalent of are (soon to be former) Leader of the Opposition: an uncharismatic flip-flopper who can’t connect (enough) with voters.

    Ha! And now some people actually think it would be a good idea to replace Iggy with Justin Trudeau. Nice kid, and maybe even a decent MP, but an intellectual lightweight (in all the wrong ways) and silver-spooner who’d have just as much trouble connecting with voters as Iggy.

    The Libs might need to stop resting on their Trudeaupian laurels and find a new identity that resonates more with the present and the future. That is what people care about now.

  16. 16 JJ Saturday, December 11, 2010 at 10:08 am

    Beijing

    Ugh, his voice is passable but his demeanor is still freaking plastic.

    Plastic and spastic! I wish I could have posted his performance of “the Seeker”, it was awesome 😯

    But so what? Who among us could pull something like this off without looking a little spastic? Not many. It would have been far worse if he’d been able to do it with the skill of a seasoned performer… now that would have been freaky.

    This way it just makes him look all the more like Everyman. Some will find it quite endearing.

    We might not like that, but it’s true.

  17. 17 JJ Saturday, December 11, 2010 at 10:20 am

    brebis

    While I find it mildly heart-warming that Harper enjoys music and singing

    Oh-oh 😯
    Harpie’s Evil Plan is working 😉

    what I don’t get is when these right-wing leaders scorn popular talent shows (because they lack a bootstraps/school of hard knocks cred) and then show up first in line to impose their “talent” on the rest of us.

    I don’t think it’s quite that serious. The popularity of karaoke reveals that there’s a dark hidden place in most of us that yearns to break out in song for an audience — I’ve done it. (More than once 😦 )

    To me, this is fascinating from a PR point of view… the metamorphosis of Stephen Harper into an almost-likeable, warm-blooded creature.

  18. 18 JJ Saturday, December 11, 2010 at 10:50 am

    Peter

    We cons just can’t seem to do that culture thing properly.

    I disagree, take rock music for example.

    Over the years there have been several rock musicians who people might have assumed were lefties, that were actually conservatives: Frank Zappa, Jimmy Page of LedZep and Alice Cooper come immediately to mind (Alice in particular was a strong supporter of GW Bush and John McCain). The Nuge is not an anomaly, rock and roll is teeming with conservatives! 😯 (Their conversion normally happens around the same time they start making real money.)

  19. 19 JJ Saturday, December 11, 2010 at 10:53 am

    fern hill

    I have not and will not succumb.

    Well, that’s the great thing about freedom of choice — you’re in the drivers seat, baby.

    I myself would highly recommend watching Harpie do “the Seeker”, a stunning and disturbing performance 😛

  20. 20 JJ Saturday, December 11, 2010 at 11:02 am

    CTZen – Thanks for the Moment of Seuss 😆 My reply:

    I watched it once, and then again
    I watched but still am not a fan
    But watching helped me understand
    How 36% vote for this man

    😛

  21. 21 JJ Saturday, December 11, 2010 at 11:04 am

    Brebis

    I couldn’t watch past a few seconds of Jack’s turn on the stage, but it did at least look like he was having fun.

    I thought Harper looked like he was having fun, in a teeth-grinding, high-blood-pressure kind of way.

  22. 22 JJ Saturday, December 11, 2010 at 11:15 am

    deBeauxOs

    a staged événement as Stevie’s was

    Well obviously Steve’s little gig was staged, performed for an adoring partisan crowd, and probably intended to soften his image, but I see it as a PR coup the likes of which the opposition could only dream of. And that is no doubt where much of the resentment springs from: there he goes again, doing something that might resonate with the electorate. Bah, humbug! 😛

  23. 23 JJ Saturday, December 11, 2010 at 11:24 am

    Peter

    Cons didn’t like Trudeau and attacked him six ways to Sunday, but I don’t remember any of them arguing that the man didn’t really know how to canoe.

    This isn’t about Harper’s musical talent, it’s about him blindsiding the opposition with another good PR move, something that we know will maddeningly resonate with the public.

    So, it makes us mad 😐

  24. 24 JJ Saturday, December 11, 2010 at 11:31 am

    bleatmop

    Comparisons to Kim J Il and Saddam Hussein, really????

    😆 Just wait til he has a majority, um err, I mean “Totalitarian Fascist Regime”.

    You teabagger 😛

  25. 25 brebis noire Saturday, December 11, 2010 at 11:38 am

    You’re right JJ, about many artists being right-wing; I didn’t mean to imply that talent or artistic vision was limited to the left end of the political spectrum. Brian May (Queen) is notably a Conservative – but I wonder if he dropped out of the party in protest over the fox hunt…

    I’m not going to pay attention to Harper’s singing until he attempts Hallelujah (and not the one by Handel). I’d watch that, just to see evangelical heads exploding over the heresy. Btw, isn’t he having way too much secular fun with all of this?

  26. 26 JJ Saturday, December 11, 2010 at 11:49 am

    brebis

    Btw, isn’t he having way too much secular fun with all of this?

    I’ve come to suspect Harpie isn’t the religious fanatic that some people paint him as, otherwise there are a number of social conservative issues he wouldn’t have made a point of ignoring for the last 5 years. (Holy moly, has it really been THAT LONG??)

    Harper isn’t the “fascist totalitarian dictator” that some fret about: he’s an authoritarian political opportunist who swings any way the wind blows. Look at his spending 😐 hardly “conservative”. I’m probably more conservative than Stephen Harper where spending is concerned 😯

  27. 27 Peter Saturday, December 11, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    Harper isn’t the “fascist totalitarian dictator” that some fret about:

    Drives you all crazy, doesn’t it? If only the man had followed the script.

  28. 28 JJ Saturday, December 11, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    Peter

    Drives you all crazy, doesn’t it?

    Not me 😉
    There are perfectly good and rational reasons to criticize Harper, but they’re not as much fun (or as easy) as shrieking and fear-mongering about him being a “theocratic fascist dictator”.

  29. 29 southern quebec Sunday, December 12, 2010 at 2:31 am

    What is it with Heads of State? Check out Vladimir Putin! Will Kim Jong-Il be next?

    http://thedailywh.at/post/2177734776/invalid-argument-of-the-day-at-a-childrens

  30. 30 JJ Sunday, December 12, 2010 at 9:13 am

    SQ – Thanks, that’s awesome. Post updated.

    I’m not sure what’s up with these all-singing all-dancing heads of state, but it’s an interesting trend. I look forward to a future G20 meeting where they all burst into “We Are The World” 😯

  31. 31 JKG Sunday, December 12, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    So, with this great publicity and undigested coverage of this event from a Prime Minister who is quite judicious on how his government’s image is communicated to the press, maybe we can put that “rampant left wing media bias” canard to rest, no?

    Not to say the Prime Minister can enjoy a rocking good time, but I would like to see the same humorous satire and absurdity extracted out of this PR stunt as in the case with Iggy’s dancing . Though any attempt would probably just result in another iteration of an M. Night Shyamalanesque “I see left wing bias.”

    I can still hope, can’t I?

  32. 32 JJ Monday, December 13, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    JKG

    maybe we can put that “rampant left wing media bias” canard to rest, no?

    I asked the same question with the arrival of Sun TV, but sadly, the answer is probably “No”. This is too important a right-wing meme to let go of, an all-purpose scapegoat for all occasions!


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