Country songs can overflow with aching nostalgia, and somehow a C&W radio station in upstate New York felt that the plight of RadioShack was material for a ballad, or a parody of one, and broadcast it Monday morning during drive time. It’s sung to the tune of Toby Keith’s Red Solo Cup.
… RadioShack, I hope you bounce back, I feel really sorry — no time to party
RadioShack, it’s funds that you lack, guess you’ve been pestered by your investors …
You’re in the red, but it don’t mean you’re dead …
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We have to give it our all, or there’ll be another boarded-up store in the mall …
Morning DJ Richie Phillips said that unlike most of his parodies from the past 23 years, this one is based on his genuine feelings for the Fort Worth-based electronics retailer, which he frequented as a teenage audiophile on Long Island.
Now 62, the high school social studies teacher turned DJ said inspiration came from his nephew, Matt Phillips, who created an online chart — “The slow, sad decline of RadioShack, one of the great brands of the ’80s” — for the news site quartz.com. The company, which reported a second-quarter loss of $137 million, is trying to line up new financing to avoid a bankruptcy filing.
“It really struck a chord with me,” Richie Phillips told the Star-Telegram on Tuesday after The Sean and Richie Show on Albany’s WGNA FM. The lyrics were knocked out in an hour, Phillips said.
“I loved RadioShack as a child. Then it turned out that my on-air partner, Sean McMaster, used to work at RadioShack, and so did another staff member, Bethany Linderman.”
But the four voices on the multitrack recording RadioShack, I Hope You Bounce Back, plus voices in the background, all belong to Phillips, who began writing and singing parodies after five years of enduring wet-paper missiles from students in Mattituck, N.Y. “After the 1,000th spitball, I knew teaching wasn’t for me.”
After a time at an oldies station in Albany, he was asked to join what was then a sleepy C&W station under new management. “But I don’t really like country music,” he recalled telling the station executive, who countered by saying, “We’ll double your salary.”
To which the Long Island native replied: “YEE-haw!”