Skilled improvisers, they are best known in the United States for their performances on MADtv, including their most famous song “Eskimo”, more commonly known as “Gay Eskimo”, where the lyrics discussed the problems facing the sole homosexual in an isolated environment. The group also parodied specific performers, often by performing their own songs in the style of others (famously their MADtv performance of “Eskimo” ended with versions of the chorus in the styles of The Proclaimers, Bob Dylan, Ric Ocasek from the Cars, Oasis, and Van Morrison).
Other songs dealt variously with the troubles to be faced with a possessed pair of pants (“Curly’s Pants”), dating the Devil’s daughter (“666-6666”) and using your grandma as a skateboard (“Skateboard”). Even being the child of a moderately successful Bearded Lady and impressively unsuccessful Bearded Man were addressed, in the song “Circus Freaks”. There was little considered too odd to become subject matter.
The group also toured internationally, netting a Perrier Award nomination at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 1993. They also attracted a small fan base in Australia thanks to performances at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival towards the end of their career.
The group disbanded in the late 1990s after a career spanning over 11 years.
Edited by IRONICtypo on 24 Aug 2008, 04:10
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