by Hans ten Cate
Friday, 21 November 2003

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Here's something... a great new comedy album was recently released in Australia, called The Hollywood Motel. It is a parody of Hollywood actors featuring dead-on impersonations of the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Russel Crowe, and Tom Cruise.

The album's premise is that Hollywood's A-list actors are staying at the 'Hollywood Motel' (“a B-grade motel for A-list actors”) on the eve of the annual Big Head Awards hosted by Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Lee Perry, perhaps best known as the voice of Baz Lurhman's 'Sun Screen' song, does most of the impersonations, including that of Arnie who performs a deliciously funny and ska-influenced version of Alway's Look on the Bright Side of Life. Arnie is joined in the chorus by Crowe, Cruise, Keanu Reeves, and Penelope Cruz. “Hilarious,” Eric said upon hearing the track. “Thanks a mill for the hoot. Very funny indeed.” Eric was so enthused by the project, he agreed to do a cameo on the album as... himself (he rings up a crying Arnie after he gets booed off stage by Jack Nicholson at the Awards show).

Written and produced by Gary Eck and Lee Perry, the album was recently released in their native Australia (October 13), with plans to broaden to other regions. “We are working on trying to get a US release at the moment,” says Gary Eck, comedian and one of the producers of the album, “we've had lots of interest from various record companys. Hopefully it will be on the shelf in the US very soon.”

You can hear a snippett of Always Look... and other bits of the CD on The CD is also available online through HMV Australia and Sanity.