Simon Vozick-Levinson
January 16, 2009 AT 06:00 AM EST

Hey, R&B legends Ashford & Simpson have remade their 1984 hit “Solid” as an inauguration tribute called “Solid (As Barack)”! Get it? What a clever, fun, patriotic idea. Except, wait. Saturday Night Live totally made that exact joke. In October. Watch the two clips below — first is the new Ashford & Simpson single that goes on sale next Tuesday, then Maya Rudolph and Fred Armisen’s skit from three months ago. I actually kinda give A & S credit for the sheer audacity (of hope) it took to literally act out an old SNL gag without any irony. And look, “Solid” is a very…solid song, so I have no problem hearing it again. What do you say?

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