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Encyclopedia > Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen)

Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen) was a single released by Baz Luhrmann under the EMI Music Australia Pty. Ltd. label in 1999. Baz Luhrmann (born Mark Anthony Luhrmann, New South Wales, September 17, 1962) is an Australian film director. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ...


The song features a spoken-word track set over a mellow backing track. The song lyrics, which consist of a litany of humourous but practical advice, were apparently drawn from a newspaper column by Mary Schmich of the Chicago Tribune (See Wear Sunscreen). The lyrics were famously misattributed to novelist Kurt Vonnegut who purportedly delivered the advice as a commencement speech at M.I.T. The Chicago Tribune, formerly self-styled as the Worlds Greatest Newspaper, remains one of the principal daily newspapers of the midwestern United States. ... Wear Sunscreen is an essay, written by Mary Schmich and published in the Chicago Tribune as a column in 1997. ... Kurt Vonnegut Kurt Vonnegut Jr. ... MIT redirects here. ...


Parody

The song also inspired numerous parodies in 1999. John Safran released a song entitled "Not the Sunscreen Song," a reference to "Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen)." The musician and comedian Chris Rock enjoyed great success with his spoken word song "No Sex (In the Champagne Room).", and Denis Leary performed one called "Drink Beer". In contemporary usage, parody is a form of satire that imitates another work of art in order to ridicule it. ... John Safran (born 1972) is an Australian documentarian and media personality, well known for pranks and indelicate handling of controversial issues. ... Chris Rock Chris Rock (born February 7, 1965 in Andrews, South Carolina) is an American stand-up comedian and actor. ... Screenshot from the No Sex in the Champagne Room music video. ... Denis Leary Denis Colin Leary (born August 18, 1957) is an American actor, comedian, writer and director. ...


 
 

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