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The Big List of Pegasus Nominees to Another Tune 
22nd-Sep-2015 02:23 pm
I wrote this as a response to a discussion in Gary McGath's LJ and have posted it here for reference.

Because I am an anal-retentive friend of the Pegasus committee :), I have produced a list of all of the Pegasus nominees that were to an existing tune and all writer/composer/performer nominees with a substantial reputation for writing parodies. It's a long list (winners asterisked, one question mark that I'm not positive about):

  • *1984 – Best Parody, Twelve Years at Worldcon, Frank Hayes
  • *1986 – Best Parody, Daddy’s Little Boy, Murray Porath
  • 1986 – Best Parody, God Lives On Tully, Bill Maraschiello
  • 1986 – Best Parody, I’m Sorry Cathy It Just Popped Out, Jane Mailander
  • 1986 – Best Parody, Kinda Mediocre Actually, Bill Roper
  • 1986 – Best Parody, Starship in High Gear, Frank Hayes
  • *1987 – Best Schtick: Unreality Warp/Kinda Mediocre Actually, Flynt and Roper (Song & Parody)
  • 1988 – Best Media: J for Jedi, Bill Maraschiello
  • 1989 – Best Techie: The S-100 Bus, Frank Hayes
  • 1989 – Best Techie: Amphioxus, Juanita Coulson
  • 1990 – Best Fannish Song, Cheap Lawyer & Rebuttal, Porath & Hayes
  • 1990 – Best Fannish Song, Flying Island Farewell, Barry Childs-Helton
  • 1990 – Best Fannish Song, Singing Banned From Argo, Bob Kanefsky
  • 1991 – Best Love Song, Lightsailor, Barry Childs-Helton
  • 1992 – Best Genre Crossover, Mundane Girl, Larry Warner
  • 1992 – Best Genre Crossover, Pearly Gate Blues (Jim & Tammy), Sally Childs-Helton
  • 1992 – Best Tribute, A Toast For Unknown Heroes, Leslie Fish
  • *1993 – Best Space Song, Lightsailor, Barry Childs-Helton
  • ?1994 – Best Children’s Song, Wishful Thinking, Peter Thiesen
  • 1994 – Best Risque Song, Kinsey Scale, Bob Kanefsky
  • 1994 – Best Writer / Composer, Bob Kanefsky
  • 1995 – Best Military Song, The Ballad of Fleet Sergeant Ho, Lee Billings
  • 1995 – Best Sing along, Circles, Gwen Zak
  • 1995 – Best Sing along, Lord of Time, Peter David
  • 1995 – Best Writer / Composer, Bob Kanefsky
  • 1996 – Best Filk Song, The Whale Song, Andy Eigel (tune by Dave Tucker, I assume)
  • *1996 – Best Spiritual Song, Circles, Gwen Zak
  • 1996 – Best Writer / Composer, Bob Kanefsky
  • 1997 – Best Science Song, Drivel, Dr. Jane Robinson
  • 1997 – Best Writer / Composer, Bob Kanefsky
  • 1998 – Best Writer / Composer, Bob Kanefsky
  • *1999 – Best Hero Song, A Toast for Unknown Heroes, Leslie Fish
  • 1999 – Best Fool Song, Drivel, Dr. Jane Robinson
  • 1999 – Best Fool Song, Fool to Feed the Drive, Jordin Kare
  • 2000 – Best End of the World, Falling Down on New Jersey, Mitchell Burnside Clapp
  • 2000 – Best Food / Drink, Dairy Queen, Barbara Higgins
  • 2000 – Best Food / Drink, Little Fuzzy Vegetables, Mark Mandel
  • *2000 – Best Writer / Composer, Bob Kanefsky
  • 2001 – Best Filk Song, Con Spent In A Circle, Rob Wynne
  • 2001 – Best Computer Song, 404: Not Found, Dave Weingart
  • 2001 – Best Computer Song, Heart of the Apple Lisa, Jordin Kare
  • 2001 – Best Computer Song, Threes Rev. 1.1, Duane Elms
  • 2001 – Best Creature Song, Wendigoes, Terence Chua
  • 2003 – Best Performer, Jeff and Maya Bohnhoff
  • 2003 – Best Writer / Composer, Jeff and Maya Bohnhoff
  • 2003 – Best Parody, A SMOF Too Blue, Dave Weingart
  • 2003 – Best Parody, Bang Today, Tim and Annie Walker, Mike and Anne Whitaker
  • 2003 – Best Parody, Do You Hear the Pipes, Cthulhu?, Terence Chua
  • 2003 – Best Parody, Heart of the Apple Lisa, Jordin Kare
  • *2003 – Best Parody, Knight’s In White Satin, Jeff and Maya Bohnhoff
  • 2004 – Best Performer, Jeff and Maya Bohnhoff
  • 2005 – Best Classic, Marcon Ballroom, Anne Passovoy
  • 2005 – Best Space Opera, Our Space Opera Goes Rolling Along, Jeff Duntemann
  • *2005 – Best Performer, Jeff and Maya Bohnhoff
  • *2007 – Best Classic, Falling Down on New Jersey, Mitchell Burnside Clapp
  • 2007 – Best Dorsai, Drink to the Health of the Dorsai, Marty Burke
  • 2007 – Best Dorsai, Green Hills of Harmony, Hal Frank
  • 2007 – Best Song of Home, Go Home, Mich Sampson & Marilisa Valtazanou
  • 2007 – Best Writer / Composer, Bob Kanefsky
  • 2009 – Best Country, Redneck Pagan, Larry Kirby
  • 2009 – Best Rock & Roll, Come to Mordor, Jeff Bohnhoff
  • 2011 – Best Badass, Crispy Danish, Andrew Ross
  • 2012 – Best Gaming, Playing D & D, S.J. Tucker
  • 2012 – Best Performer, Jeff & Maya Bohnhoff
  • *2014 – Best Adapted, Midichlorian Rhapsody, Jeff Bohnhoff
  • 2014 – Best Adapted, Snitch Ball Wizard, Steve Macdonald
  • 2014 – Best Adapted, Threes Rev 1.1, Duane Elms
  • 2014 – Best Adapted, TIE after TIE, Debs and Errol
  • *2014 – Best Song of Passage, Outward Bound, Cat Faber
  • 2015 – Best Performer, Jeff & Maya Bohnhoff
  • 2015 – Best Adapted, Be our GoH, Tom Smith
  • 2015 – Best Adapted, Come to Mordor, Jeff Bohnhoff
  • 2015 – Best Adapted, Grabthar’s Silver Hammer, Steve Macdonald
  • 2015 – Best Adapted, Threes Rev 1.1, Duane Elms
  • 2015 – Best Time-Related, The Grandfather Clock, Cecilia Eng

    I observe that we seem to get a fair number of such nominees (and winners!) without having this category on the ballot every year. Rotating it in periodically seems reasonable, but I'd hate to see it eat one of the floating categories permanently, as they cause a lot of interesting songs to bubble into the process.
  • Comments 
    22nd-Sep-2015 07:54 pm (UTC)
    You seemed to have missed off several of the well known parody nominees, for example, Zander Nyrond and Phil Allcock who are both shown on the The Pegasus Awards 'Nominees by name' page.
    22nd-Sep-2015 09:35 pm (UTC)
    That got down into the area of judgment calls. Both of them also write a fair number of originals, as do the Bohnhoffs, but the Bohnhoffs have only been nominated for parodies.

    And then there's Tom Smith... :)
    22nd-Sep-2015 09:43 pm (UTC) - Wishful Thinking
    Peter Alan Theisen's (patoadam) song is, at least during the chorus, to the tune of "Little Redwing," also known as "Union Maid." I think that the verses are to an original tune.

    Nice list, potentially useful.

    Edited at 2015-09-23 06:50 pm (UTC)
    22nd-Sep-2015 10:30 pm (UTC)
    If anyone's looking for my post, it was friends-locked. I made critical comments about some nominated songs, so I don't want to make it public.

    It looks from that list as if, not counting the "adapted" nominees, there's been a significant decline in nominations for songs to existing tunes over the past decade. We can only speculate on how many of those songs would have been nominated if there weren't a Best Adapted category.

    The current definition says that adapted songs are "parodies and songs that are based on previously published work (e.g. a story, tv show, movie, song, or other work)." This is a very broad definition, arguably allowing all songs about books, TV shows, and movies. In the comments on my post, I saw general agreement that if the category is retained, it needs to be narrowed. I'd favor making it just songs to existing tunes or new tunes to existing lyrics; another suggestion was that songs that significantly incorporate material from the source should be allowed.
    22nd-Sep-2015 10:45 pm (UTC)
    I do not have an inherent problem with the adapted/parody category -- I just think that running it once every three years or so is better than running it every year.
    24th-Sep-2015 12:49 am (UTC)
    I like your suggestion of once every few years vs annually.
    24th-Sep-2015 01:31 am (UTC)
    I would agree with you here.
    23rd-Sep-2015 06:11 pm (UTC)
    What would Gary McGath's LJ handle be?
    27th-Sep-2015 05:17 am (UTC)
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