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Music Monday: Terry Funk is a great Texan, hates school


Ah, Japan.  Alyssa Milano had a bunch of hit albums there.  Bob Sapp had a hit single there.  All Japan Women was a promotion built around the wrestlers singing at one point.  Japan loves them some celebrity music.  Terry Funk was a big enough star to get an album in 1984, right after his first "retirement."

It's...odd, and Jimmy Hart's contributions are what really make this thing interesting.

Hart provided three songs: "We Like To Rock," "Barbra Streisand's Nose," and "We Hate School," all of which were also recorded by Hart himself on his "Outrageous Conduct" album.

  • "We Like To Rock" was recorded by Hart as "Juvenile Delinquents."  It's pretty generic, certainly not some of his best work.  The other two songs are a whole lot more interesting...
  • Hart originally "Barbra Streisand's Nose" as "Lance Russell's Nose," making fun of the legendary Memphis announcer in a famous music video (the song was also released as the B-side to the original version of Hart's "Eat Your Heart Out Rick Springfield").  The song is about a woman who seemed perfect until Jimmy turned on the lights and she had...Lance Russell's nose.  For consumption outside of Memphis, Barbra Streisand became the target.  Funk's recording is a pretty amusing take on it, if just for the added spoken word parts like "Have you ever SEEN Barbra Streissand's nose!?!?"
  • "We Hate School" really is an odd song for these middle-aged men to sing.  Also released on "Outrageous Conduct," Hart had released a different version earlier as a single.  Notable for containing Hart's stock "walking/driving down the street looking for some action while the radio is set to a rock n' roll station" lyric that was also used in "Crank It Up," and "Beach Patrol," it's one of Hart's better songs.  The lyrics ("Up your nose with a rubber hose!") are pretty out there at times, and Funk's delivery is so utterly ridiculous that it's awesome.

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