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"I Got Yule Babe --"

Joel Kopischke has come out with the “must-have” holiday CD of the year, “I Got Yule Babe.” If you’ve ever heard of the Cudahy Carolers and their unique spin on the season, you’ll know where this disc is going. Slapping original parody lyrics on traditional and original songs is Kopischke’s specialty and he’s flying higher than Rudolph on triple eggnogs here. Polka (“Criminy Cripes, It’s Christmas”), pop (“If I Had A Secret Santa”), traditional (“A Merry Tourette’s Christmas”) and even rock (“Shopping Mall Of Broken Dreams”) arrangements are all included on the 16-song collection.
For a quick sip of holiday cheer, here are some sample lyrics courtesy of Joel Kopischke (Joelkster Music ASCAP). On the parody of Barenaked Ladies’ hit “If I Had A Million Dollars,” Kopischke sings “If I had a secret Santa, I would buy him some elves, a Keebler or a Presley.” With a spoof of “That’s Amore,” Kopischke reaches out good-naturedly to those of the Hebrew faith: “When you’ve lit holiday lights, but you don’t believe in Christ, that’s a Menorah. When your religion is older than Moses’ candleholder, that’s a Menorah.” Other artists who don’t escape Kopischke’s wit include the Violent Femmes, Sonny & Cher and Bobby Darin. My favorite might be the hilariously bleeped out “A Merry Tourette’s Christmas.”
Local guitarists Ralph Bruner of Feet of Clay and Mike DeRose of pretty much everyone else play on the CD. The CD was engineered by Caledonia native Steve Comeau of Feet of Clay and Pipitone along with Bruner on two tracks. As a nice touch Chris Kringel and Noel Crowder play on the CD as well. You can get all the information you need at http://www.igotyulebabe.com.

December 8, 2005
CD Review by Patrick Fineran - Racine Journal Times


"I Got Yule Babe -- "Hilarious results""

Milwaukee theater mainstay Joel Kopischke, whose resume includes the Skylight Opera Theatre, First Stage Milwaukee and In Tandem Theatre, takes aim at holiday music "Weird" Al Yankovic-style with hilarious results on his new CD, "I Got Yule Babe."
Spoofing the styles of Frank Sinatra, the Violent Femmes, Green Day, Sonny and Cher and the Barenaked Ladies, among others, Kopischke and a cast of helpers created 16 original songs and parodies such as "Bowling Wonderland" and the slightly racy "I'm Your Snowman, Baby."
Kopischke, who played "Pee Wee Kaputish" in "The Cudahy Caroler Christmas" for three years, even includes an ode to Festivus. To sample tunes or purchase the CD, visit cdbaby.com/cd/kopischke.

Dec. 9, 2005
Gemma Tarlach - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


""Kopischke brings goofiness to Christmas""

Warmth, reverence, joy and good cheer are part of the Christmas music we hear on our radios every day at this time of year. What's missing?
Goofiness, and Joel Kopischke, singer and entertainer-about-town, is here to fill the gap. On his timely CD, "I Got Yule Babe," Kopischke sends up the songs we all know, love and tire of all on an annual basis. He also attaches holiday lyrics to tunes we might not associate with Yuletide - the Violent Femmes' "Blister in the Sun," for example.
On that tune, the Kopischke nails the patented Gordon Gano nasal whine. There and throughout the album, Kopischke is a dead-on mimic. His imitations of a morose Jewish cantor in "That's a Menorah" (to the tune of "That's Amore," of all things), Bobby Darin, lounge-lizard jazz stylists, classic Cudahy dialect in a couple of polka numbers, and both Sonny and Cher on the title track are a lot of fun. [note: Kelli Cramer sings Cher – JK]
The lyrics Kopischke devised are irreverent and funny without being nasty. Arranger Larry Moore and producer John Tanner nail the varied target styles on the 16 tracks, from the heavy metal of "A Harry Potter Christmas" to "Shopping Mall of Broken Dreams," after the Green Day song.
You can buy the disc for $14.99 at cdbaby.com; get there via www.igotyulebabe.com.

Dec. 12, 2005
Tom Strini - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


"Dr. Demento"

"A new Christmas CD with a bunch of amusing songs." - The Dr. Demento Show


"David Friedman says..."

"It's fantastic. Not only a hilarious writer, but the performances and arrangements are first rate, right on the money, artful and impressive."
-- David Friedman, songwriter, arranger & conductor - Midder Music


Discography

I Got Yule Babe -- CD

tracks receiving airplay:
-- I Got Yule Babe
-- Criminy Cripes, It's Christmas!
-- Santa's Back In Town
-- A Harry Potter Christmas
-- Christmas In The Sun
-- If I Had A Secret Santa
-- Shopping Mall Of Broken Dreams
-- Beneath The Tree
-- I'm Your Snowman, Baby

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What do you do with someone who starts in summer stock at age 9 performing with Van Johnson and Monty Hall? A singer who goes on to dabble in all kinds of music--rock and roll, opera, big band/swing, musical theatre, folk, cabaret--soloing with symphony orchestras and touring all over Europe and the US, even South Africa, appearing with award-winning bands known for blues, big band, middle-eastern jazz, celtic, and more? A writer who has written cabaret shows, commercials, musical revues, humorous lyrics both parody and original, even a screenplay and a book? An artist who has worked with Tony Randall, John de Lancie, Anthony Crivello, Andreas Delfs, Kurt Ollmann, and David Friedman? A performer who has performed for crowds in the thousands and in intimate venues, has appeared on television and large market radio shows, and who's done stand-up comedy? Well, you could try giving him a red velvet tux jacket with white fur trim and the largest highball you’ve ever seen and see what happens! What happens is inspired lunacy: a crazy concoction of comic Christmas carols parodying Bobby Darin, Green Day, Barenaked Ladies, The Violent Femmes, Sonny & Cher and Fiddler On The Roof with some original tunes thrown in the mix so you’ve got everything from polka to punk, big band to blues, country to klezmer, and the best Festivus tune ever sung.