Barenaked Vaders


Whistler's Vader / parody of 'Whistler's Mother' with Darth Vader in place of the woman

Just a title... Post contains no actual nude photos of David Prowse, James Earl Jones, Hayden Christiansen, or the fella who played Vader unmasked during his death scene whose name I forget (see, I'm not a total geek).

The Force / 'Star Wars' action-figure package with empty bubble Dead Ewok / 'Star Wars' action-figure package with small tuft of fur at the bottom
The Planet Alderaan playset / mock-up playset box with rocks spilling out

I sent the photo above left some time ago to a friend who used to be nuts for Star Wars.

Since it ties in well with this post, I tried to Google up its source for credit; no joy, but I did find a bunch [sorry; broken link] of similar mock-ups, including this box o' crumbled Alderaan — much funnier if you browse without reading the captions, since they're kind-of redundant and water down the joke.




The other day some relatively purposeful meandering revealed that Steven Page — seen here shaking his tuchis at his bandmates — has left Barenaked Ladies. He says so on his blog, and the Ladies' website also carried the news. While I'm a few albums behind thanks to barely having any money, I got the BNL bug back when "One Week" hit the radio. (I've just learned that the album Barenaked Ladies Are Men from a few years ago is often referred to as BLAM, so I should probably check that out.)

My sister, a couple of friends, and I had a blast at a Ladies concert way back in the year called 2000, but were totally unprepared for the audience participation that most of the die-hard fans there knew like Rocky Horror regulars. The single stand-out moment for me wasn't from BNL frontmen Page & Ed Robertson, or even Jim Creeggan (the George Harrison of the band, based on his few but formidable album contributions); it was Kevin Hearn's hysterical mash-up of Darth Vader's theme with Britney Spears' "Oops... I Did It Again". Let me know if you ever find a clip of it on the web!


The Pyrrhic Lightsaber Duel? / Jean-Léon Gérôme's The Pyrrhic Victory with swords replaced by lightsabers

Another friend of mine who was even more nuts about Star Wars back in the day forwarded the above to me. You'll find it along with dozens of other efforts in an exhibition of Star Wars as Classic Art — worth checking out for some first-rate Photoshop experiences. The former Anakin Skywalker is a favorite subject, as seen in the Klimt below and atop this post in what whomever wrote the captions should've titled Whistler's Vader. Someone called Palpak did both of those, while the above is credited to Lincoln.

Darth Vader in the style of Gustav Klimt

Star Wars and all related characters are the property of Lucasfilm. Fake action figure, playset, and illustrations are copyright their respective creators. Barenaked Ladies photo from Wikipedia.

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