Category Archives: Funny Songs

Funny Songs written by Chris Cates for 365 Songs for 2010.

Jan 30th “Country Boy Funk in the City”

I took it back to that old school slow funk jam on this one.   I am absolutely loving playing drums every day, even though it’s just for five minutes.   My drum parts are finally getting done in one take.  They’re not perfect, but I can’t really be perfect in my recordings for this format;  because I have to squeeze the song in each day on top all of my normal life.

I’m a country boy but I love the big city vibe.  Places like Vegas, or Chicago or New York are great just because there is lots of people and energy.  And house music.  A good beat keeps everybody happy and it’s not used in that way enough.  I guess that’s what “Country Boy Funk in the City” is about.

I’m also kind of giving my own song “Country Funk” a shout out.   If you haven’t heard “Country Funk” (featuring my old friend P-Noid)  Search:  Parakeet Nelson “Risky Biscuits” and give it a spin.  It’s also pretty funky.

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Jan 23 “Heavy Metal Nice Guy”

Well back to the heavy metal comedy songs again I guess.  As soon as I heard this riff with the drums and the synth I thought “I try to be a gangsta but I’m a heavy metal nice guy”.

That’s how it was born.  I speak from experience on this one as well.  I used to be a heavy metal guy through my teens and even had hair down to my waist for a while.  However, my tastes for music have always been all over the place.  Which led me to be a rap producer in Athens, Georgia for about five years.

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Jan 21 “Glass Pack Mufflers and Overhead Cams”

What a day.  I worked on a hilarious rap song for a new cartoon that’s going to be on Fox.  My Damn! Show friends are the one’s doing the show and they ask me for some music every now and then, usually when it involves rap beats.  I actually got to rap the lyrics today for the demo so that their actor can get an idea.

That’s what inspired “Glass Pack Mufflers”.  I’m kind of half rapping this.   My rap voice is not my forte which is why I generally refrain from it.

The chorus makes up for my raps because it is the old school funky jam.   I got my drums set back up so I figured I better make with the funk.  Adair lent some vocals to the mix as well.

The lyrics are about speed demons with loud mufflers and a proclivity to be the annoying guy at the light .  I can make fun because I used to be a little like them in my younger days.  I’m a gas conserver now because I drive a lot.

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Jan 16th “Married in the 3rd Grade”

Today is a joyous day, Jason Peeler came up and finished all of the drums on our new album “Follow the Feeling”.   Now I’ve just got to do my work on guitars, vocals and keyboards and get Chris Singleton and John Kell here to do their parts and we’ll have it done.

Hopefully we can release it by March!

Today’s song takes me back to my elementary school days at Forest Hill.  I still think about playing outside and down in the woods.  I think I did actually marry a lucky girl in the 2nd grade, luckily we signed a pre-nup.

Read the lyrics @ chriscates.com/jan16.html

Jan. 7 “Bad Liver Good Liver”

I’m still running behind but I did write this yesterday.  I didn’t get around to recording it until this morning.  It took about an hour to record which  is still a little longer than I would like to take but my drums are getting a lot better already.

I’ve played and recorded drums five times this week which is five times more than I played them all last year.  This blog is definitely going to get my off instruments more tight.

“Good Liver” comes from something I misread on a medical flyer while recycling the other day.  It turned into a funny song with a tragic message about that friend of yours who loves to party.

I finally broke out the distortion pedal on this one.

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Jan. 5th “Financial Planning for Dogs

This song stems from hourly listens to NPR all day.

I started a different song but this insane ‘avant gangsta garde’ piece just popped out.  I guess working in the cold will pull that right out of ya.

I had just thought of ‘Financial Planning for Dogs’ after misreading a yahoo ad.   Then shortly thereafter, Adair and I started talking about giving dogs loans.   Hilarious interjection ensued as you can imagine.

That’s where the tag line “Don’t give that dog a bone, give that dog a loan” came from.

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Jan. 2nd “Snow Day”

Day two in my quest to write a song and brief commentary every day of 2010.

I’ve had a rare Saturday off on a windy cold snowy day and have gotten to work in the studio all day.

I worked on “Let Out the Zoo” from my upcoming album ‘Follow the Feeling’ and then I wrote and recorded this one.

“Snow Day” is obviously inspired by the coveted snow day school cancellation each student and teacher anticipates each year.

All the instruments are one or two takes and I got to play Jason Peeler’s drums for the 2nd day in a row!


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