Saturday, August 23, 2014

The music of Ron Jeremy

I chose to lead with a photo of the young, slender Ron Jeremy. As with skinny Elvis/fat Elvis, you can divide Ron Jeremy's career into phases. 

I saw that Jeremy has a new record out, a 7-inch single called Understanding & Appreciating Classical Music that BCR Records released for Record Store Day this year, so I thought that it would be funny to write a Ron Jeremy discography. He's not a musical figure, so he's not going to have very many records, right?

Wrong. He appears on a lot of recordings. Few of them reflect his artistry in any sense, though. Many of them seem more like instances of product placement than guest appearances. 

Nevertheless, Jeremy is probably the most famous male adult film star in history. By all accounts, he's a charming and intelligent dude. He has a bachelor's degree in education and theater, has a master's degree in special education, and taught special ed before he became an actor.

He has also accomplished the rare feat of transitioning from adult films to mainstream films. Sort of. He still appears in a lot of adult films (despite being in his 60s), but he also occasionally crops up in B movies like Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead and the upcoming Return to Nuke 'Em High Volume 2. He had a bit part in the 1998 Robert DeNiro film Ronin, but his scenes were cut.
Jeremy plays piano proficiently too, and he actually sings on at least a couple of these recordings.

Today on Music Weird, we'll look at many of the recordings that feature this all-around entertainer. (Along similar lines, Music Weird previously looked at the music of Scott Baio and the music of Terry Lester.)

I'm sure that this isn't a complete reckoning of Jeremy's musical endeavors, but I didn't have the patience to make it complete.

DJ Polo featuring Ron Jeremy – "Freak of the Week" (1995) 

DJ Polo was Kool G Rap's partner at one time. Polo made some solo records in the mid-to-late '90s, including this one that features Ron Jeremy. Jeremy also appeared in the video.

Pornosonic featuring Ron Jeremy – Unreleased 70s Porno Music (1999)

This Pornosonic album is billed as vintage soundtrack music, but it is actually newly recorded music by Don Argott that features some dialog by Jeremy, which was also newly recorded. 


CD/DVD combo – Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead (2006)

A brief bit of Jeremy's dialog appears under the title "You Fool, This Restaurant Is Built on an Ancient Tromahawk Burial Ground" on the soundtrack CD of this 2006 Troma film. Jeremy appears in the film as Crazy Ron. This is one of the truly great films of our time. 

Duo (featuring Ron Jeremy) – "The Ron Jeremy Call" (2010)

A brief spoken bit. I don't know anything about Duo. The group recorded at least two albums, Double Vision (2010) and Night Vision (2013). "The Ron Jeremy Call" is from Double Vision.

Original Soundtrack – Grease XXX (2013)

Ron appeared—and sang—in this XXX parody of the film Grease. He performs the song "Where Is the Lube," which is a takeoff on "Grease Is the Word."  

Ron Jeremy – Understanding & Appreciating Classical Music (2014) 

Shooter Jennings, the son of country stars Waylon Jennings and Jessi Coulter, is listed as the producer of this new 7-inch record, which features Jeremy playing piano and talking about classical music. 

Ron Jeremy – "Wrecking Ball" (2014)

Ron recorded Miley Cyrus' hit "Wrecking Ball" for some reason. 

Songs (etc.) about Ron Jeremy

Many artists have recorded songs, skits, and various other audio tracks that are titled "Ron Jeremy." These artists include the Sugarettes, Sesame Street Gangsters, Jack Dani, Young People, the Gravetones, 69 Octane, Sarah Silverman, Union 69, Brown Lobster Tank, Egokid, Pulmón, and the Libs. I'm not going to look them up. The Sarah Silverman cut is the only one I've heard.

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