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Ladies and Gentlemen, The Rifftones

May 7th, 2009 by Kevin Murphy · 57 Comments


Sparkly vampires!  Sexy Stooges! Mambo-ing zombies!  Bowie-ing Nelson!  They’re all here, and more!

Music for RiffingEver since Rifftrax started, people have asked, “When are you guys going to do more music? What’s the matter with you?  Why are Kevin’s pants so femmy?”    Well in answer to the first question, we’re officially tickled to introduce our first collection, Music for Riffing.  All ten of these songs are inspired by movies we’ve riffed, movies you love, or hate or simply laugh along with us.  From the sublime (Jaws) to the ridiculous (Reefer Madness) to the downright silly (Twilight), these movies all hold a special something that compelled us to sing, or groan, or croak somewhere near the appropriate key.

We hope you enjoy, and we hope this is the first batch of many more songs to come.  Keep checking back to the music page, we’ll be adding more soon. And in honor of our riff of Twilight, here’s a sample of Bill’s delightfully gutless confection, “Sparkly Vampires.”


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57 responses so far ↓

  • 1 blablover5 on May 7, 2009 at 8:52 am

    Just how much illegal substance was consumed to get Bill to slog through Sparkly Vampires?

  • 2 Queen Bee on May 7, 2009 at 8:55 am

    It’s always a delight to hear the three of you sing.

    But I’m still waiting for you to address the femmy pants issue.

  • 3 jenifersf on May 7, 2009 at 9:01 am

    You said “batch”.

  • 4 awfulgoodmovies on May 7, 2009 at 9:03 am

    ‘Sparkly Vampires’ is fantastic! Who’s the lady singing it? She’s great!

  • 5 Casey on May 7, 2009 at 9:41 am

    The missile to the moon song.. was it meant to sound a lot like “Major Tom (coming home)?”

  • 6 awfulgoodmovies on May 7, 2009 at 9:50 am

    ‘Plan 3 take over Kansas City’…..I’ve been to KC and THAT plan did succeed! Budda-Boom!

    Great stuff! Gonna get them all!

  • 7 BEMaven on May 7, 2009 at 10:27 am

    Kevin, how can a steely-eyed judge of the human condition like you ever describe Bill Corbett as GUTLESS?

    Unless it was said out of compassion.

  • 8 pjwaldron on May 7, 2009 at 10:36 am

    Tom Waits in his hurdy-gurdy from Hell period is a perfect choice for Carnival of Souls.
    Well-played, sirs, well-played.

  • 9 pjwaldron on May 7, 2009 at 10:53 am

    Technically speaking, the phrase “hurdy-gurdy from Hell” is redundant, as every one of those fiendish instruments is a product of that infernal nether region. Interesting story, actually–every hurdy gurdy begins life as one of Satan’s dingleberries. A team of damned craftsman lovingly carve and polish the berries to form the instrument’s soundboard. The strings are individual hairs plucked from the nutsack of the Dark One himself (Hurdy Gurdy String Collector is the 2nd worst job in Hell). After the evil devices are strung, another team of damned musicians adjusts them to be irrevocably and eternally one half step out of tune. Only then are they vomited forth into our world to torment the living. (Source: Wikipedia)

  • 10 Zack on May 7, 2009 at 10:56 am

    Beautiful voices, gentlemen.

  • 11 Erica on May 7, 2009 at 11:16 am

    Very Chad and Jeremy.

  • 12 jason on May 7, 2009 at 11:31 am

    While not reaching a Nash The Slash level of brilliance, I’d say well done fellas!
    When can we expect a cover of the Jet Jaguar song from Godzilla Vs. Megalon?

  • 13 chrismartindeed on May 7, 2009 at 11:46 am

    Wait a tick. What about a song devoted to everyone’s favorite . Night Shyamalan disaster, ‘The Happening’?

    Or are you easily intimidated by star power of Diana Ross And The Supremes?

  • 14 Earl Fando on May 7, 2009 at 11:51 am

    Obviously, that’s to help hit those higher registers.

  • 15 Bill Corbett on May 7, 2009 at 1:03 pm


  • 16 rebisaz on May 7, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    While the utter sweetness of “Sparkly Vampire” is horrifying, I am thoroughly enjoying it and all of the other songs. Bravo!

  • 17 CrowTeeRobot on May 7, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    Ah ha! I’m influencing other people now! Excellent.

  • 18 CrowTeeRobot on May 7, 2009 at 2:08 pm

  • 19 CrowTeeRobot on May 7, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    This whole things makes me so happy I could just throw up. Especially the sparkly vampire song.

    I’m also very happy that I started something.

  • 20 Erica on May 7, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    :::crying::: I’m confused :(

  • 21 Erica on May 7, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    Congratulations! Have some ipicac. :D

  • 22 Elizabeth on May 7, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    I put the Jaws song on during a party mix when everyone was smoking…umm…cigarettes…and it was a HUGE hit. People laughed, some choked, and others were craving Cheetos.

    Thanks Kevin for making my party Dope.

  • 23 jenifersf on May 7, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    Only listened to Eat Me so far, wow, been years since I listened to Bauhaus. Like, 25. Very funny.

  • 24 BEMaven on May 7, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    So am I.

    Apart from the cabal of Executive Producers who made the Twilight movie possible, does someone owe someone an apology?

  • 25 Invisible NanoGhost on May 7, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    Yes. If you buy the whole album, you get a DigiBooklet which includes some comments on each song:

    “Missile to Your Heart is a 100% artificial song, a tribute in fact to Eighties Euro-crooner Peter Schilling and his song Major Tom (Coming Home) …”

    I thought this song was a riot when I got the “Missle to the Moon” DVD, so it’s great to have it as part of this collection.

  • 26 Invisible NanoGhost on May 7, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    (I should note that I’m a fan of Peter Schilling, and that kind of electro-pop song)

  • 27 CrowTeeRobot on May 7, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    I’ll mix it with my pancake syrup to make “Syrup of Ipecac!”

    Ten points to the first person who gets that reference.

  • 28 randommanthefirst on May 7, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    I can’t stop laughing at these. Very well done.

    The lyrics themselves and the fact that it’s you guys singing them are equally hilarious.

  • 29 Erica on May 7, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    Sure. I’m sorry I’m confused. I had a jack and coke and everything is much more clear now.

  • 30 Erica on May 7, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    Dammit! And I could have used those points. Me and the blogosphere just aren’t making friends today.

  • 31 randommanthefirst on May 7, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    Uh, isn’t “syrup of ipecac” the proper name for it?

    Or am I letting the pharmacist in me read too far into this?

  • 32 randommanthefirst on May 7, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    Also, for the next album can we get a cover of “Don’t Pay the Ferryman”?

  • 33 Steve R. on May 7, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    I’m having trouble previewing the songs (except for Sparkly Vampires here). Please advise.

  • 34 jenifersf on May 7, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    Here’s some advice: Just buy them. :)

  • 35 Col_Shaggy on May 7, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    You guys must be psychic! Or maybe Psycho. I was just thinking about asking for some of these songs today! So I bought them right away.
    They’re a great length too, I managed to 100,000 points in Audiosurf with Eat Me!

  • 36 Casey on May 7, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    Very nice! I did order the digi thing but I haven’t downloaded it yet.

    Major Tom is the only English Peter Schilling song I am aware of. I have heard a few references to it on some Rifftrax.

    (I am also a fan of that sort of stuff… should we be ashamed?)

  • 37 Bill Corbett on May 7, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    We just spent many hours talking over the femmy pants issue, and it got a bit heated. But when cooler heads prevailed, the compromise we reached is:

    We will all wear femmy pants from now on.

  • 38 Gina on May 7, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    I just want to say one thing:

    I want to work at RiffTrax.

    That is all.

  • 39 Vargas on May 7, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    Oh, I know, I know! Syrup of Ipecac is also used to make SNAKES throw up, right? Right?!

  • 40 Erica on May 8, 2009 at 4:31 am

    Awww, solidarity. That’s nice to see.

  • 41 BEMaven on May 8, 2009 at 7:24 am

    And I’m sorry that I didn’t offer more encouragement to Misters Corbett, Murphy, and Nelson when they cut their album.

    I should have been standing outside the studio during the session, ready to toss in emergency relaxed-fit jeans when the femmy pants began to overwhelm them.

  • 42 Erica on May 8, 2009 at 7:28 am

    I forgive you!

  • 43 Constantine on May 8, 2009 at 9:10 am

    So does this mean you WILL riff a movie musically? EH?

  • 44 Laura on May 8, 2009 at 11:09 am

    I have a problem trying to get any of the Rifftones to play, they just load and never move on from that point :( .

  • 45 rebisaz on May 8, 2009 at 11:22 am

    Are you using iTunes, Laura?

  • 46 Earl Fando on May 8, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    I’m sure Bill was just referring to the first Darren in Betwitched…

  • 47 Earl Fando on May 8, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    Oh, wait… they were both named Dick. Funny that.

  • 48 Earl Fando on May 8, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    Think of the harmonies, now!

  • 49 Steve R. on May 8, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    Ok, good idea. Thanks! :)

  • 50 Laura on May 8, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    No, I’m trying to play them from the site. And I don’t use iTunes, so I don’t think that would be an issue?

  • 51 rebisaz on May 8, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    Ah, I see, I thought you had downloaded them and were trying to play them. So you’re clicking on them on the /songs page?

  • 52 CrowTeeRobot on May 9, 2009 at 4:48 am

    You sir, win the golden booby prize! Also ten points, redeemable at any CrowTeeRobot retail outlet. “Curse of Monkey Island” is such an incredible game.

  • 53 Laura on May 9, 2009 at 7:23 am

    Yeah. And the other Rifftones that are sound bits from movies.

  • 54 Vargas on May 9, 2009 at 10:31 am

    Why, thank you, kind sir.
    Just recently I discovered the wonders of ScummVM, so I’ve been playing a lot of old aventures games that I’ve missed.
    Amazing how Secret of Monkey Island and Monkey Island 2 still can hold up pretty well to this day.

  • 55 Jonathan on May 19, 2009 at 7:50 am

    I am THOROUGHLY IMPRESSED!! Now this is music you can make babies to!