Friends, of the many things that were on the mind of H.P. Lovecraft when he wrote The Call of Cthulhu in the Summer of 1926 – I doubt that whether the cosmic entity would be a good source of inspiration for a parody song was high on that list. While the iconic story originally saw publication in February of 1928, in the pages of Weird Tales, it would take 74 years before Tom Smith and Luke Ski would perform a song parody inspired by both The Lion King and Lovecraft’s Cthulhu.
As a matter of fact it was thanks to watching a live performance of Eben Brooks and Allison Lonsdale performing “Hey There Cthulhu” that led me to discovering Smith and Ski’s “Cthulhu Fthagn“. The former by the way is itself a parody of the 2006 song “Hey There Delilah” by Plain White T’s – from their album entitled All That We Needed. That song received massive radio play thanks to it reaching the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 charts in July of 2007 – it was just two years later when Eben Brooks and Allison Lonsdale released their album O R’lyeh? Iä, R’lyeh! which featured “Hey There Cthulhu” as well as two additional tracks. With their song focusing on a cultist who is describing the desire and joy at witnessing the downfall of humanity and reality itself.. although perhaps they might be spared when that day comes?
It was back in 2002 when Tom Smith realized that the popular song “Hakuna Matata” from 1994’s The Lion King – could be made better by giving it a Lovecraftian spin. “Cthulhu Fthagan” was made available on June 23 of 2009 on The Funny Music Project – as Smith mention on the site itself – the hilarious… and horrifying ending to the song was all thanks to Luke Ski. In addition the singer and songwriter points out that he knows that the song title is spelled incorrectly – claiming it is just far easier to sing that way.