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Barack Obama “Barack Theme” – SHAFT Parody by Brett Eidman / Issac Hayes

January 11, 2010

Parody by Brett Eidman … Barack Theme — a Shaft Parody by Brett Eidman!


And here is Issac Hayes performing Shaft!

And about Issac Hayes …..

Hayes was born in 1942 in a tin shack in Covington, Tennessee, 40 miles north of Memphis.

He was raised by his maternal grandparents after his mother died and his father left when he was one-and-a-half.

A self-taught musician, Hayes wanted to be a doctor, but found a new direction when he won a talent contest in ninth grade.

He held down various low-paying jobs, including shining shoes on the legendary Beale Street in Memphis and played gigs in rural Southern bars where at times he had to dive to the floor because someone has started shooting.

In 1964 he was hired by Stax Records of Memphis as a backup pianist, working as a session musician for Otis Redding and others.

He began writing songs, establishing a partnership with David Porter, and in the 1960s they penned soul classics for Sam and Dave, such as Soul Man, Hold On! I’m a Coming  and When Something is Wrong With My Baby.

Hayes himself became a star when he released Hot Buttered Soul in 1969, not least because of his striking image of shaven head, gold chains and sunglasses,

Next came Theme From Shaft, from the film Shaft starring Richard Roundtree as no-nonsense New York cop John Shaft.

The irresistibly urgent mix of wah-wah guitars and hi-hat cymbals were spiced by the famous line, ‘They say this cat Shaft is a bad mother-/Shut your mouth!

‘That was like the shot heard round the world,’ Hayes said in one interview.

At the Oscar ceremony in 1972, Hayes performed the song wearing an eye-popping amount of gold and received a standing ovation.

His personal life was just as flamboyant: he was married four times, was a father of 12, with fourteen grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

In total Hayes won three Grammy awards, two for the Shaft soundtrack and a third for his album ‘Black Moses’, which spawned the nickname he reluctantly accepted.

Hayes was elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.

He also owned a basketball team, was involved in humanitarian work in Ghana and appeared in more than 60 cinema and TV films, including the blaxploitation parody I’m Gonna Git You, Sucka.

It was his readiness to send himself up that led him to accept the role of ‘Chef’ in South Park in 1997.

But Hayes angrily quit the show in 2006 after an episode mocked his Scientology belief and its celebrity followers, including actors Tom Cruise and John Travolta.

In the episode, Stan, one of the show’s four mischievous school kids, is hailed as a saviour by Scientology leaders, while a cartoon Cruise locks himself in a closet and refuses to come out.

Hayes was criticized for not taking such a stand when religions were mocked.

However, he said “There is a place in this world for satire, but there is a time when satire ends and intolerance and bigotry towards religious beliefs of other begins.” 

Rest In Peace, Issac.  There are many who try to sound like you, to perhaps be like you …. but you will always remain the original.

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