Tuesday, July 04, 2006

The Capitol Steps on the 4th of July

It is the one day each year that Soundgarden's underrated B-side makes it to rock radio. The rest of the year we get Spoonman. It is also one of the four days a year we get to hear "Capitol steps"

The Capitol Steps began as a group of Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them. Although not all of the current members of the Steps are former Capitol Hill staffers, taken together the thirty-so performers have worked in a total of eighteen Congressional offices and represent 62 years of collective House and Senate staff experience. Only one member is a (former) Republican. All the rest are democrats. [That's because there's nothing funny about Republicans right now. ]

Since they began, the Capitol Steps have recorded 26 albums, they've been featured on NBC, CBS, ABC, and PBS, and can be heard 4 times a year on National Public Radio stations nationwide during their Politics Takes a Holiday radio specials. The Capitol Steps record four radio shows a year: New Year's, April Fool's, 4th of July & Halloween. Each show is recorded live in Washington, D.C. More than 300 radio stations carry the program.

Go here to see who's got the goods in your city here or listen in real player.