Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Bailout TARP Song and Video Strike Major Chord With Americans

Hey, YOU! Do "The Tarp!"

Recording artist Bill Zucker has released a new parody song about the TARP ( $700 billion Government bailout ) that's taking the nation by storm.
Well, I'm just a poor boy from the streets of Tennessee

I work real hard to pay my bills but it's too much for me

I lost my job ... they took my home ... I'm down on my knees

But I heard about this place where money grows on trees."

The 53-year old Zucker graduated from Longmeadow High School and was a longtime staple on the Pioneer Valley music scene with bands like Cruise Control and the Bill Zucker Band.
"The TARP Song" ("I want some TARP.") debuted on CNBC's Power Lunch and has become an overnight success - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGfQk9XXm24 CNBC planned to play it once, but due to the response, played it 8 times during the broadcast. Quotes from the anchors were: "The TARP Song is the wittiest, funniest and catchy song to come out in years and I can't get the song out of my head." "The video is hysterical."
Not into TARP? Try a little Hot Pastrami with your mashed potatoes!
Viewers calling in from all over the world were told they could get the song at Amazon.com and on iTunes.

Singer/songwriter Bill Zucker (originally from Springfield, Massachusetts), best known for his hit song Millennium in 2000, writes in I Want Some TARP "With all the money they've given the companies...Give everyone a brand new car insured by A.I.G...And now I know why they call it fanny 'cause their heads are up their....As I was saying." Zucker says he was trying to find a way to make people laugh in these dismal economic times and said people were sending him thank you emails for showing the lighter side of such a depressing topic. Zucker says at first people would ask, "What's TARP?" And now everyone's favorite saying is, "I Want Some TARP." (T.A.R.P. stands for Troubled Asset Relief Program). Zucker said the song is now starting to play on the radio and should spread fast across the U.S. The TARP Song video was just released and is now on the CNBC website and on CNBC's Power Lunch. It is said to be the funniest video on youtube.com.

An internet MP3 sales site, lala.com, reports Zucker's TARP song moving from #800 to #5 on their listening chart in 4 days. When asked, "What's next"?, Zucker (a Berklee School of Music alumni) replied, "I'd write a song 'Bernie Made Off With My Money', but it might be in bad taste." He smiled and said "you'll see".

For more about Zucker visit http://www.billzucker.com/

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