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June 12th, 2019

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"Rowdy" Roddy Piper - For Everybody / Mike Angelo & the Idols - The World May Not Like Me

In 1985 the World Wrestling Federation released the compilation record The Wrestling Album. It was bad kitsch, filled with unfunny skits and tawdry novelty songs; end-of-the-pier pointlessness as Viv Stanshall so memorably coined. Roddy Piper's contribution may have seemed a little out of place: a brassy party rock anthem to inclusivity. Except, what was that ending? Were Piper and his backing singers really singing "kiss my ass" to the tune of Ring My Bell?

Why yes, they were. And more to the point, Piper wasn't necessarily singing "for everybody" either. Because For Everybody was nothing more or less than a sanitised version of The World May Not Like Me (Fuck Everybody) by Mike Angelo & the Idols. We were being worked!

If I were to tell you that The Idols were a spinoff of a spinoff of Lynyrd Skynyrd, you could pinpoint the exact sort of music they were making in the mid-'80s. It's dumb, obnoxious equal opportunity offender bullshit, but at least it's not overproduced. The World May Not Like Me retains a certain asshole-ish charm. Of course, the band would go on to re-record it under its more famous parenthetical title and indeed ruin it with studio gloss. But this? As good time novelty songs go, it's a top one.

"Rowdy" Roddy Piper - For Everybody
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Mike Angelo & the Idols - The World May Not Like Me
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