Hot on the heels of the release of his old school R&B anthem to Jared Kushner Son In Law, this week sees Harry Shearer as Donald Trump, alternating stanzas of pumped-up disco and plaintive folk-rock to represent the alternating “up” and “down” approaches taken to the pandemic by the President.
COVID-180, the second song in a series released each week in the coming months, has The Simpsons and Spinal Tap star as the Leader of The Free World as he dances to his own tune in a dizzying reality-distanced spin away from the virus that has swept the world.
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“Emerson once said, “Petty consistency is the hobgoblin of small minds.” Trump agrees, though he may not quite understand it.”
COVID-180 features The Simpsons star on vocals in an eerily accurate impersonation of the President of The United States. He is joined by Sharlotte Gibson and CJ Vanston on backing vocals, Marc Bonilla on guitar, Toss Panos on drums with CJ Vanston on piano, synths and all other instruments. COVID-180 was mixed by CJ Vanston at The Treehouse, N Hollywood CA and mastered by Peter Doell at Aftermaster
COVID-180 follows Son In Law, an old-style New Orleans R&B number depicting Donald Trump in praise of his son-in-law, Jared Kushner. The video of the track uses ground-breaking motion-capture animation to portray the US President lionizing his senior adviser and husband of his daughter Ivanka. At one point it shows the spookily real Trump with his hand casually hovering over the nuclear button on his desk in The Oval Office, whilst extolling the virtues of his daughter’s curves.
Son In Law features New Orleans musicians David Torkanowsky of The Astral Project and Stanton Moore Trio on piano and organ, The Metres star George Porter, Jr. on bass, Raymond Weber of Dumpstaphunk on drums, leading saxophonist Brad Walker, Scott Frock of Delfeayo Marsalis’ Uptown Jazz Orchestra, on trumpet, and one of New Orleans’ top trombonists Jon Ramm. The track is mixed by long-time Harry Shearer musical collaborator C J Vanston at The Treehouse North Hollywood and produced by David Torkanowsky. The video is conceived and produced by Harry Shearer with Matt Hermans and Cameron Smith of The Electric Lens Company in Sydney, Australia. The motion capture cinematography is by Matthew Mindlin.
Harry Shearer has vocally portrayed every US president of his lifetime. Donald Trump is the third he has portrayed physically, having previously played Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan on screen.
Harry Shearer says of the series of Trump themed songs, which will be released on a weekly basis over the next seven weeks. “My Donald Trump is almost as eager for continued public attention as the ‘real’ Trump.”