Today (August 20), star of “The Simpsons” and “Spinal Tap,” HARRY SHEARER releases the fourth track in his Donald Trump song series, which runs with a song a week throughout this summer and fall. “STORMY DANIELS” follows the old school R&B anthem to Jared Kushner, “SON IN LAW“; the disco/plaintive folk number celebrating Trump’s consistent inconsistency in his approach to the pandemic, “COVID-180“; and “VERY STABLE GENIUS,” a low-power power ballad, in which the Leader of the Free World vaunts his self-proclaimed intellectual prowess combined with his calm and balanced disposition.
Written and performed by SHEARER in the style of a mid-sixties romantic ballad, “STORMY DANIELS” is a lush string-filled ode to passion, power and pay-off. Singing himself a soothing song of love and self-pity, the current occupant of The White House praises his former amour’s ample assets while bemoaning how his own assets were wasted in buying her silence.
HARRY SHEARER says of “Stormy Daniels”:“What good is hush money when it buys so little hush?”
“STORMY DANIELS” features SHEARER on vocals as Donald Trump. He is joined by CJ Vanston on piano, strings and bass and Greg Bisonette on drums. The trumpet and string arrangement is by CJ Vanston. The music and lyrics are by Harry Shearer. It is released by Twanky Records.
HARRY SHEARER has vocally portrayed every U.S. president of his lifetime. Donald Trump is the third he has portrayed physically, having previously played Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan on screen.
The first song in the Donald Trump series, “SON IN LAW,” was released on July 31 and is available here. “SON IN LAW” is an old-style New Orleans R&B number depicting Donald Trump in praise of his son-in-law, Jared Kushner. The video of the track uses ground-breaking motion-capture animation to portray the U.S. President lionizing his senior advisor and husband of his daughter Ivanka. At one point it shows the spookily real Trump with his hand casually hovering over the nuclear button on his desk in The Oval Office, while extolling the virtues of his daughter’s curves.
“SON IN LAW” features New Orleans musicians David Torkanowsky of The Astral Project and Stanton Moore Trio on piano and organ, The Meters star George Porter, Jr. on bass, Raymond Weber of Dumpstaphunk on drums, leading saxophonist Brad Walker, Scott Frock of Delfeayo Marsalis’ Uptown Jazz Orchestra, on trumpet, and one of New Orleans’ top trombonists, Jon Ramm. The track is mixed by long-time HARRY SHEARER musical collaborator C J Vanston at The Treehouse North Hollywood and produced by David Torkanowsky. The video was conceived and produced by HARRY SHEARER with Matt Hermans of The Electric Lens Company in Sydney, Australia. The on-set producer was HARRY‘s long-time collaborator, cinematographer Matthew Mindlin.
“COVID-180,”the second song, which was released on August 7, has “The Simpsons” and “Spinal Tap” star as Trump, alternating stanzas of pumped-up disco and plaintive folk rock to represent the alternating “up” and “down” approaches taken to the pandemic by the President.
“COVID-180” features “The Simpsons” star on vocals in an eerily accurate impersonation of the President of The United States. He is joined by Sharlotte Gibson and CJ Vanston on backing vocals, Marc Bonilla on guitar, Toss Panos on drums with CJ Vanston on piano, synths and all other instruments. “Covid 180″ was mixed by CJ Vanston at The Treehouse, North Hollywood CA and mastered by Peter Doell at Aftermaster.
“Very Stable Genius,” the third song which was released on August 14,is a low-power power ballad, in which the Leader of the Free World vaunts his self-proclaimed intellectual prowess combined with his calm and balanced disposition. With vocals by SHEARER as Trump, it has CJ Vanston on backing vocals, Marc Bonilla on guitar, Toss Panos on drums, with CJ Vanston on piano, synths and all other instruments.
HARRY SHEARER says of the series of Trump-themed songs, which will be released on a weekly basis over the next seven weeks:
“My Donald Trump is almost as eager for continuedpublic attention as the ‘real’ Trump.”