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Exclusive premiere: Mother Feather “Mother Feather”

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Mother Feather hit the New York club scene in 2010 and brought their “pop cock-rock” slinking and slithering into sweaty, high kicking, hip shivering, parties that have endeared them to loads of local press.

This video for their battle hymn, directed by Isaiah King, does what old school performance videos always do best — let’s you soak in the performer’s prowess. You can almost feel the sweat flying. And the simple, but alluring illustrations serve to draw you in further, as if lured onto the pages of someone’s obsessive sketching, in a magazine full of pretty things that they coveted with ink.

The pretty things here, singer Ann Courtney and the tall drink by her side, Lizzie Carena, backed up by their boys, have a self-titled EP to flaunt with this “Mother Feather.”

“Mother Feather is the embodiment of your wildest inspiration. We are missionaries of pop cock-rock and ‘Mother Feather’ is our hymn,” they told us, to tell you. “If you’re feeling this, you’re our next victim.”

 

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As the Spoof Turns

15 Hilarious Soap Opera Parodies

Catch the classic sitcom Soap Saturday mornings on IFC.

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The soap opera is the indestructible core of television fandom. We celebrate modern series like The Wire and Breaking Bad with their ongoing storylines, but soap operas have been tangling more plot threads than a quilt for decades. Which is why pop culture enjoys parodying them so much.

Check out some of the funniest soap opera parodies below, and be sure to catch Soap Saturday mornings on IFC.

1. Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman

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Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman was a cult hit soap parody from the mind of Norman Lear that poked daily fun at the genre with epic twists and WTF moments. The first season culminated in a perfect satire of ratings stunts, with Mary being both confined to a psychiatric facility and chosen to be part of a Nielsen ratings family.


2. IKEA Heights

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IKEA Heights proves that the soap opera is alive and well, even if it has to be filmed undercover at a ready-to-assemble furniture store totally unaware of what’s happening. This unique webseries brought the classic formula to a new medium. Even IKEA saw the funny side — but has asked that future filmmakers apply through proper channels.


3. Fresno

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When you’re parodying ’80s nighttime soaps like Dallas and Dynasty , everything about your show has to equally sumptuous. The 1986 CBS miniseries Fresno delivered with a high-powered cast (Carol Burnett, Teri Garr and more in haute couture clothes!) locked in the struggle for the survival of a raisin cartel.


4. Soap

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Soap was the nighttime response to daytime soap operas: a primetime skewering of everything both silly and satisfying about the source material. Plots including demonic possession and alien abduction made it a cult favorite, and necessitated the first televised “viewer discretion” disclaimer. It also broke ground for featuring one of the first gay characters on television in the form of Billy Crystal’s Jodie Dallas. Revisit (or discover for the first time) this classic sitcom every Saturday morning on IFC.


5. Too Many Cooks

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Possibly the most perfect viral video ever made, Too Many Cooks distilled almost every style of television in a single intro sequence. The soap opera elements are maybe the most hilarious, with more characters and sudden shocking twists in an intro than most TV scribes manage in an entire season.


6. Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace

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Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace was more mockery than any one medium could handle. The endless complications of Darkplace Hospital are presented as an ongoing horror soap opera with behind-the-scenes anecdotes from writer, director, star, and self-described “dreamweaver visionary” Garth Marenghi and astoundingly incompetent actor/producer Dean Learner.


7. “Attitudes and Feelings, Both Desirable and Sometimes Secretive,” MadTV

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Soap opera connoisseurs know that the most melodramatic plots are found in Korea. MADtv‘s parody Tae Do  (translation: Attitudes and Feelings, Both Desirable and Sometimes Secretive) features the struggles of mild-mannered characters with far more feelings than their souls, or subtitles, could ever cope with.


8. Twin Peaks

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Twin Peaks, the twisted parody of small town soaps like Peyton Place whose own creator repeatedly insists is not a parody, has endured through pop culture since it changed television forever when it debuted in 1990. The show even had it’s own soap within in a soap called…


9. “Invitation to Love,” Twin Peaks

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Twin Peaks didn’t just parody soap operas — it parodied itself parodying soap operas with the in-universe show Invitation to Love. That’s more layers of deceit and drama than most televised love triangles.


10. “As The Stomach Turns,” The Carol Burnett Show

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The Carol Burnett Show poked fun at soaps with this enduring take on As The World Turns. In a case of life imitating art, one story involving demonic possession would go on to happen for “real” on Days of Our Lives.


11. Days of our Lives (Friends Edition)

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Still airing today, Days of Our Lives is one of the most famous soap operas of all time. They’re also excellent sports, as they allowed Friends star Joey Tribbiani to star as Dr Drake Ramoray, the only doctor to date his own stalker (while pretending to be his own evil twin). And then return after a brain-transplant.

And let’s not forget the greatest soap opera parody line ever written: “Come on Joey, you’re going up against a guy who survived his own cremation!”


12. Acorn Antiques

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First appearing on the BBC sketch comedy series Victoria Wood As Seen on TV, Acorn Antiques combines almost every low-budget soap opera trope into one amazing whole. The staff of a small town antique store suffer a disproportional number of amnesiac love-triangles, while entire storylines suddenly appear and disappear without warning or resolution. Acorn Antiques was so popular, it went on to become a hit West End musical.


13. “Point Place,” That 70s Show

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In a memorable That ’70s Show episode, an unemployed Red is reduced to watching soaps all day. He becomes obsessed despite the usual Red common-sense objections (like complaining that it’s impossible to fall in love with someone in a coma). His dreams render his own life as Point Place, a melodramatic nightmare where Kitty leaves him because he’s unemployed. (Click here to see all airings of That ’70s Show on IFC.)


14. The Spoils of Babylon

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Bursting from the minds of Will Ferrell and creators Andrew Steele and Matt Piedmont, The Spoils of Babylon was a spectacular parody of soap operas and epic mini-series like The Thorn Birds. Taking the parody even further, Ferrell himself played Eric Jonrosh, the author of the book on which the series was based. Jonrosh returned in The Spoils Before Dying, a jazzy murder mystery with its own share of soapy twists and turns.

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15. All My Children Finale, SNL

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SNL‘s final celebration of one of the biggest soaps of all time is interrupted by a relentless series of revelations from stage managers, lighting designers, make-up artists, and more. All of whom seem to have been married to or murdered by (or both) each other.

Exclusive download: Petra Haden “Superman Theme”

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When Petra Haden goes to the movies, she leaves doing a cappella renditions of the soundtrack theme songs. If you’re craving something invigorating, and a little old school, after all those “Man of Steel” trailers with the obligatory, overly grandiose, ubiquitous score — then we have just the thing!

Haden’s whimsical treatment of the classic Superman theme could not have come at a better time. Grab that below and watch the mind blowing visuals to go along with it (3D glasses might make you feel like you’re wearing red and blue spandex all over).


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“Petra Goes To The Movies” is out this January 22nd on Anti- with a cappella covers of films such as “Rebel Without A Cause,” “Taxi Driver,” and “Psycho.” Haden also sings that amazing song from Tootsie, “It Might Be You,” which should have you hugging hubby real fast, or going out to look for one with it playing in your head.


We know you mimic movie soundtracks with your voice too, let us know your favorites in the comments below or on Twitter or Facebook!

Exclusive premiere: Living Days “Let My Love Open The Door”

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Living Days have layered a lot of tremendous pop culture into one pastel-colored pastiche for their cover of Pete Townshend’s 1980 radio hit. And if you’ve never caught the insane 1985 Sam Raimi/Bruce Cambell/Coen Brothers collaboration known as “Crimewave,” then hold onto your steering wheel. Raimi’s visuals lend themselves well to a music video, and what’s more, singer Stephonik Youth lends herself well to Raimi’s imagery.

“After taking some scissors to ‘Let My Love Open the Door,’ we watched ‘Crimewave,'” Living Days told us. “[It] may be famously known for it’s odd mix of classic genres and the mystery that surrounds the making and the life of the film, but outside of the film’s narrative and erased of any context, there are images that simply stand on their own.”

Additional treats are glimpses of young Bruce Campbell, the guy who played The Beast Rabban in “Dune” smashing a vase on his head and yes that’s a frame of famed side-kick villain character actor, Brion James (Leon in “Bladerunner”), between a strobing, endless series of doorways.

“The film inspired us to put a magnifying glass on it, extract what struck us and reassemble. It was an experiment in combination,” the band said recalling their inspiration. “Timing, perspective and combination is everything. Plus, it’s always fun to watch films with friends with the volume turned down and a record on.”

 

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