Hail To The Deejay

Happy Presidents Day everyone!

Happy Presidents Day everyone!

A happy Monday to one and all!  Whether you have the day off or not, we’ve got just what your ears have been waiting all week for… yet another formerly lost earworm straight outta Scratchy’s Smithsonian on The Nest’s Dusty Vinyl Archive!  Today is the day in the U,S. we honor all Presidents past and present for all of their contributions they made while in office, and reflect upon all of the lies and BS they pushed off on the people to get elected to their posts.  The Sponkies have been studying up on their American history, and they’ve managed to unearth a truly forgotten classic out of the vault in honor of the occasion…

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Four of our five most recent Presidents have had the privilege to serve the maximum eight years in office… meaning that each of the last four calendar decades has become very closely associated with primarily one Chief Executive.  If you grew up in the 80’s like I did, you know that decade was all about actor turned leader of the free world Ronald Reagan.  Whether you saw him as the last great action hero against the Red Menace, or came to loathe his deficit spending and Reaganomics… there is no denying his status as one of the decade’s major pop culture icons.

Well.... I just like saying that. Well. Well! WELL!!!

Well…. I just like saying that. Well. Well! WELL!!!

The mid 80’s was also the time hip hop was making the transition from the underground to the mainstream.  And I’m not talking about that shitty Kanyesque hip hop of today… but the chainz and beatbox glory days of old school rap.  In 1986, a mysterious entity known as Ron & the DC Crew decided to combine rappin’ and Ronnie together… and the result was this awesome comedy rap featuring one of the many Reagan voice impersonators who was able to make a living mocking The Prez thirty years ago…

“Ronnie’s Rap” didn’t just get airplay on the radio comedy show circuit, but managed to sneak into the rotation at many Top 40 stations at the time.  It was an awesome send up to the President of 80’s nostalgiaville… with references to Reagan’s acting past (“Bedtime for Bonzo” and his role playing Notre Dame legend George “The Gipper” Gipp) while also name-checking Vice President George Bush the Elder, Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill, the soundly defeated Democratic Presidential candidate in 1984 Walter Mondale, the First lady Nancy Reagan, and the affable Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev…

You're going to nuke my WHAT!?!?

You’re going to nuke my WHAT!?!?

Because of the novelty nature of the song, it flashed in the pan and was very quickly forgotten about by most people who suffered from Aqua Net induced short attention spans.  The full version of the song was almost impossible to find on the internet for many years… and a cursory search of Google can find nothing on this rap’s origin or who the genius behind it was.

Perhaps a consultation with Nancy's astrologer is in order.

Perhaps a consultation with Nancy’s astrologer is in order.

Nevertheless, The Nest is proud to be a part of this lost cultural artifact’s preservation… and me and my equine staff will be digging for more gold (or mold) next week…

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Bored former 30-something who has nothing better to do with his life than draw cartoon squirrels.
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14 Responses to Hail To The Deejay

  1. I remember the visit of President Reagan. One of my friends had to answer the question which important person currently visits russia. She wasn’t the brightest light of the birthday cake and had no clue… teacher tried to help with: it was a famous actor once…. she pondered a while and said: Terence Hill… oh maaaan…

    • I would imagine most kids in the 80’s were unaware of Reagan’s acting career other than maybe hearing it mentioned at some point on the news. Unlike Arnold, who continued acting even after he became governor, I think Reagan quit the silver screen when he got into politics. Of course, that’s still no excuse for not knowing the answer!

  2. 1jaded1 says:

    Love it! This is awesome. Most of the time I’m holding my ears but this is really good.

  3. dragonsashes says:

    XD Thank you for making my morning. The rap totally made me crack up laughing.

  4. Trisha says:

    This was a great way to kick off President’s Day! It will probably be the only time today that I think about presidents, so thank you for this. I miss the Reagan days. Back then I was too young to know how full of shit politicians are and rap wasn’t so horribly offensive in every way.

  5. That was hilarious! I can’t believe I missed the opportunity of Presidents’ Day to mock Presidents! Here I just wrote about Barbie’s big butt. Darn. But love the post. Funny how Reagan is like the Republican Jesus or something. Granted, the Democrats love Clinton, who was okay at the time, but now should really just go lie down. It’s a wonder we have made it over two centuries as a country.

    • Anyone who thinks the clowns we’ve had in the White House lately are the worst of the worst doesn’t know their history. It just goes to show you how overrated the job title is, Sparkleponeh could be President and the country would get by just hunky dory!

  6. I was out of the country from ’78 through ’87, so I more or less missed the American 1980s. I’ve never regretted it. I wish I could skip the next decade!

  7. HaHa! Vote for Sparkleponeh!

  8. draliman says:

    As far as I’m concerned rap and hip hop should have stayed underground… 🙂

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