Speaking of Downey Jr's, my pal Hal is making me kick myself for not remembering another fabulous Downey: Morton. who started out as a radio broadcaster before becoming a Sinatra-esque crooner in the early 1960s. Years later, he took the East Coast TV airwaves by storm with his loudmouth persona and chain-smoking-enhanced talk-show rantings against "pablum puking liberals" and the like.
He became a nationwide sensation, praised and parodied from coast to coast. So much so that it led to him back into the recording studio to do an album's worth of songs, only this time instead of belting out "Boulevard Of Broken Dreams," Mort turned his attention to numbers like "Mr Yuppie's Birthday Party" and "Lawyer Named Sue." They never became household favorites, but the late '80s were such an odd time that even tastemaker Arsenio Hall could not resist sharing Morton's gift with the world. Seriously, you wanna have some fun? Grab your nearest starving-artist pal, pull them out of the food bank line, and show him/her this clip while telling them that people used to get paid good money to do things like this:
But not anymore. See, it was a simpler time, the '80s. That's why "ass" was bleeped out.
If you really must know more about Mort and Wikipedia just ain't cutting it for you, his website should meet all of your needs. I mean, for Christ's sake, they still sell merch that proudly brandishes his catch phrase "Zip It!"
A documentary about MDJr (who died in early 2001) titled Évocateur has been in the works for a while and looks like it is quite entertaining. Here's the trailer!