Couched But Uncompromised

Garfunkel & Oates (aka Kate Micucci and Riki Lindhome)A couple years back, I wrote quite a dickish post about the Garfunkel And Oates TV series, and their chosen singing style within the context of that sitcom… but since then I’ve become addicted to their albums, and frequently find their songs ear-worming their  way back into my head. Since the demise of the duo’s own show, Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci have collaborated on songs for The Big Bang Theory (composing Howard’s geeky/wordy ode to his quarantined wife, “If I Didn’t Have You”), and Another Period* (which Lindhome also stars in and (sometimes) co-writes, while Micucci occasionally recurs in a supporting role), but this week saw the release of their first new song/video under their G&O guise in almost three years!

Apparently “Both Sides Can Laugh” was inspired by a condescending fanemy’s suggestion that they write more middle-of-the-road, apolitical songs that partygoers on both sides of the political fence could enjoy… and they obediently set about the task of being as inoffensive and universal as possible, spinning cute/corny rhymes about slow-moving traffic and lost glasses, before slipping back into snarky attack mode, suggesting that right-wing views are so inherently toxic that they taint all attempts at empathy and impartiality. In other words, it’s hard to shake hands with someone who’s holding a gun and won’t let it go. Besides being hilarious, biting, and catchy-as-hell, it’s also delivered in a single, rapid-fire take, with seemingly effortless synchronisation/harmony of vocals and expressions. Bravissima!

Garfunkel & Oates (aka Kate Micucci and Riki Lindhome) recording the video for "Both Sides Can Laugh"Note: The lyrics are transcribed beneath the video on YouTube, so you can better appreciate their brilliant wordplay. Hurrah!


* The third season of Another Period ended earlier this week with a double-headed finale, which leaned heavily into topical Trump-bashing satire by setting spoiled/self-regarding/incestuous/illiterate man-child ‘Frederick Bellacourt’ (Jason Ritter) up as a potential Presidential candidate… shudder! In this scenario, I can totally sympathise with doom-mongering housemaid ‘Blanche’ (Beth Dover), and would be screaming in terror/horror right alongside her. After my previous posts, there’s nothing much more I can say about the series, except to applaud its enduring awesomeness, and the multi-tasking talent of its co-stars/creators, Lindhome and Natasha Leggero.

About Dee CrowSeer

A comic book writer with an interest in feminism, philosophy, and affirmative action. He/him.
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