How do you pick potential parodies?
Here's what ApologetiX lyricist J. Jackson had to say about the subject in an interview with HM Magazine in 2004:
As far as criteria goes, an effective parody has to be a song that a ton of people know. It can't be obscure, no matter how great the original version
was; the whole effectiveness of parody hinges on the audience's familiarity with the original.
We love songs that have been hits two or three times like "Smokin' in the Boys Room" by Brownsville Station in the '70's and Motley Crue in the 1980's or better yet a recent hit that's a remake of an oldie like when Pearl Jam re-did "Last Kiss." You do a parody of a song like that and multiple generations say, "They're playing our song!"