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Old 03-30-2012, 01:06 PM
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Your Favorite Novelty Songs

Those quirky little tunes that catch your ear and make you smile, like
Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band's The Intro And The Outro, and
Tom "T-Bone" Stankis' Existential Blues.
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Old 03-30-2012, 01:10 PM
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I love the Intro and the Outro.

When I was a bit younger I liked this a lot
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Old 03-30-2012, 01:14 PM
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Transfusion, by Nervous Norvus

"Put a gallon in me, Allen!"
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Old 03-30-2012, 01:17 PM
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Anything by the Bonzo Dog Band, Spike Jones, Martin Mull, Flanders and Swan, and Tom Lehrer.

If I had to pick one today, I'd go with Madiera M'Dear
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Old 03-30-2012, 03:03 PM
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There are so many. Also it's hard sometimes to say whether something is a novelty song or just a whacked-out funny song. Like, is Lou Reed's "Make Up" or the Who's "Tattoo" or Captain Beefheart's "Neon Meate Dream of a Octafish" or Kevin Ayers' "Guru Banana" a novelty song?

Here's an obscure one: "Molly Bake Bean" by Help Yourself.
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Old 03-30-2012, 03:15 PM
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"Ontario Sucks" by The Arrogant Worms.
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Old 03-30-2012, 03:17 PM
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Anything by the Bonzo Dog Band, Spike Jones, Martin Mull, Flanders and Swan, and Tom Lehrer.

If I had to pick one today, I'd go with Madiera M'Dear
Ah yes, Tom Lehrer. "Vatican Rag" seems to be pretty popular...but I bet you haven't seen it done by Marty Feldman!

edited to add: Marty doing "National Brotherhood Week"

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Old 03-30-2012, 03:19 PM
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Eugene-Crazy Joe and The Variable Speed Band
I remember this song from when I was around twelve. Apparently it was actually Ace Frehley of KISS. I never knew there was a video until now.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FeZlXJtLhMQ&nomobile=1
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Old 03-30-2012, 03:25 PM
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Anything by the Bonzo Dog Band, Spike Jones, Martin Mull, Flanders and Swan, and Tom Lehrer.
I'd have a hard time calling Tom Lehrer's songs "novelty". They're humor, certainly, satire and social criticism as well, but were is the line between humor and novelty?

I'll nominate Wet Dream by Kip Adotta. What were those clip songs based on a guy interviewing people at a political convention and all their answers were in the form of song samples?
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Old 03-30-2012, 03:26 PM
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altogether now - There's Klingons on the starboard bow, starboard bow...
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Old 03-30-2012, 03:34 PM
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I'd have a hard time calling Tom Lehrer's songs "novelty". They're humor, certainly, satire and social criticism as well, but were is the line between humor and novelty?

I'll nominate Wet Dream by Kip Adotta. What were those clip songs based on a guy interviewing people at a political convention and all their answers were in the form of song samples?
Mr. President, by Dickie Goodman?
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Old 03-30-2012, 03:46 PM
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I'd have a hard time calling Tom Lehrer's songs "novelty". They're humor, certainly, satire and social criticism as well, but were is the line between humor and novelty?
I've always thought that Uncle Bonsai were the spiritual successors to Tom Lehrer. They run a pretty wide gamut from serious (somber, even) to extremely silly. (Andrew Ratchin, the front man, also recorded solo as Electric Bonsai Band, and with a sextet called Mel Cooleys.) For those not familiar, try this for a start: Penis Envy

I've also been rediscovering the works of Big Daddy. They did modern songs (well, modern at the time) in the style of various 50's artists. Some were better than others. Dancing in the Dark is excellent. They even did a complete cover of Sgt. Pepper's; their version of A Day in the Life, as it might have been sung by Buddy Holly, is uncanny.
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Old 03-30-2012, 03:46 PM
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Some of my favourites:
"The Irish Rover" (various)
"Ringo" (Lorne Greene)
"Kung Fu Fighting" (Carl Douglas)
"Boy Named Sue" (Johnny Cash)
various songs by Spike Jones, Weird Al, Roger Miller, Ray Stevens, etc.

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Old 03-30-2012, 03:53 PM
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If Tribute by Tenacious D is a novelty song, then it is my favorite novelty song.
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Old 03-30-2012, 04:09 PM
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How Come My Dog Don't Bark (When You Come Around)?

Let's Do Something Cheap and Superficial

The Rodeo Song

And my all-time favorite: Everyday Normal Guy, muthafucka!

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Old 03-30-2012, 04:18 PM
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Title of the Song by DaVinci's Notebook. Great satire of boy band pop music.
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Old 03-30-2012, 04:43 PM
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"Dueling Rappers," Alan Gary and Scott Free
"Uncle Jack Sez Relax," Charles Webb and Tom Bolton
"Existential Blues," T-Bone Burnett
"Mrs. Fletcher's Fallen and She Can't Get Up," Slant Six and the Jumpstarts

I used to love listening to Dr. Demento every week when I was in college. I'm still bummed that his website seems to be thoroughly mired in the internet dinosaur days (seriously--who charges $3.00 a show to *stream* these days? I'd happily pay that to *buy* an MP3 of a full show, but to stream it once? No way.)

I would love very much to find downloadable MP3s of the first two songs on my list, if anyone knows of any legal way to get hold of them.
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Old 03-30-2012, 04:50 PM
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Boots Walker: They're Here
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Old 03-30-2012, 04:56 PM
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"Shaddap Yer Face".
"Pac Man Fever".
"White And Nerdy".
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Old 03-30-2012, 04:59 PM
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Does Big Balls count as a novelty song?
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Old 03-30-2012, 05:01 PM
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Transfusion, by Nervous Norvus

"Put a gallon in me, Allen!"
Oh man, I remember that one from the 50s. Slip the juice to me, Bruce.

Mama Looka Booboo, Harry Belafonte
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Old 03-30-2012, 06:21 PM
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"Tears in My Ears."
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Old 03-30-2012, 06:38 PM
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Lots of Tom Lehrer, Allen Sherman, and Weird Al tunes qualify. But I really like The Elements Song:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SmwlzwGMMwc

His New Math is a close second

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXx2V...eature=related
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Old 03-30-2012, 06:44 PM
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Eugene-Crazy Joe and The Variable Speed Band
I remember this song from when I was around twelve. Apparently it was actually Ace Frehley of KISS. I never knew there was a video until now.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FeZlXJtLhMQ&nomobile=1
I remember this. I thought it was The Waitresses.

Does anyone remember the song that was a reporter asking questions and the answers were song snippets? I think there may have been a series of them. Oh and how about Stars on 45? Oh, and Shut uppa you face!


This post is an example of opening a thread, pressing quick reply, going to make a sandwich and then answering. Don't do this. It makes you look dumb.

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Old 03-30-2012, 06:48 PM
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Groucho doing Lydia, the Tattooed Lady"

"She has eyes that men adore so,
And a torso even more so!"
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Old 03-30-2012, 07:05 PM
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My Ding-A-Ling by Chuck Berry.

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Old 03-30-2012, 07:13 PM
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Title of the Song by DaVinci's Notebook. Great satire of boy band pop music.
I had to stop watching that because I was laughing so hard.

It reminds me of "The Song That Goes Like This" from Spamalot.

I could never pick a favorite, but one I always remember fondly is: "Spliceway to Heaven".
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Old 03-30-2012, 07:32 PM
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Wet Dream
Fish Heads

It's been awhile since I listened to Dr Demento.

A lot of Voltaire's songs straddle the line between novelty and filling.
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Old 03-30-2012, 08:23 PM
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(Please) "Mr. Custer" (I Don't Want To Go) by Larry Verne
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Old 03-30-2012, 08:29 PM
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Lots of Tom Lehrer, Allen Sherman, and Weird Al tunes qualify.
Same here. No clear favorites

A throw-in.
Wet Dreams by Kip Addotta

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Old 03-30-2012, 08:33 PM
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Snoopy vs The Red Baron
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Old 03-30-2012, 08:43 PM
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Old 03-30-2012, 09:26 PM
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Werecow. From Dr. Demento. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqmtQR6MA-0

Dead Skunk. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W95qO...eature=related

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Old 03-30-2012, 09:45 PM
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Dar Williams "The pointless, yet poignant, crisis of a co-ed" is a hoot.
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Old 03-30-2012, 09:46 PM
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Junk Food Junkie by Larry Groce
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Old 03-30-2012, 09:50 PM
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No love for Ray Stevens? Mississippi Squirrel Revival? the Streak? Ahab the Arab? Gitarzan?

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Old 03-30-2012, 09:52 PM
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Old 03-30-2012, 10:07 PM
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Oreo Cookie Blues
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Old 03-30-2012, 10:33 PM
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Wow, what is that saying "too late and a dollar short"

My number one novelty song was mentioned in post #2.

I remember that from college; so many fools chanting "ha ha hoo hoo"
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Old 03-30-2012, 10:50 PM
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Bowser and Blue's Colorectal surgeon song
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Old 03-30-2012, 11:00 PM
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"Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" by Steam
"Fat" by Weird Al
"They're Coming to Take Me Away" by Napoleon XIV
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Old 03-30-2012, 11:02 PM
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Groucho doing Lydia, the Tattooed Lady"

"She has eyes that men adore so,
And a torso even more so!"
My man! My wife and I were singing this together just the other day. Have you seen the video of older Groucho singing it live on Dick Cavett's show?

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Old 03-30-2012, 11:04 PM
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You ommitted his masterpiece: "Harry The Hairy Ape"


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Old 03-30-2012, 11:13 PM
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"Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport"
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Old 03-30-2012, 11:14 PM
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"Ontario Sucks" by The Arrogant Worms.
That song (properly called The Toronto Song) is by Three Dead Trolls in a Baggie, not the Arrogant Worms. Pretty amusing, though. (Was funnier when Mel Lastman was mayor, though...the guy who's in now may still be a dork, but he's not nearly as publicly so as Mel was...)

(3DTiaB are from Edmonton, so Alberta, aside from Calgary, not sucking makes sense for them...not so much for the Kingston, Ontario based Arrogant Worms.)
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Old 03-31-2012, 07:17 AM
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Are you saying that The Arrogant Worms did a cover version of the 3DTiaB song, or did I mistakenly attribute the song to The Arrogant Worms?

Anyway, this is the first I've ever heard your assertion. I've discussed this song several times with a Canadian friend who grew up in Saskatoon but who now lives in Ottawa. He, too, loves the song, and has never once corrected me when I refer to the song as Ontario Sucks by The Arrogant Worms.

So, what's the straight dope on this, eh?

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Old 03-31-2012, 09:59 AM
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Are you saying that The Arrogant Worms did a cover version of the 3DTiaB song, or did I mistakenly attribute the song to The Arrogant Worms?
Misattribution. The Worms have never done the song.

It's like all the songs misattributed to Weird Al. Since the Worms are better known than the Trolls, they get credited with their songs.

Unfortunately, the Worms' website no longer has the page that used to say 'no, we didn't do The Toronto Song, that was Three Dead Trolls in a Baggie'. (And the Trolls' site sucks badly, in general.) On the other hand, they do have a page where you can buy every bit of music they ever put out, either as individual tracks, or as albums, and it's not there. And here's the song's wikipedia entry.
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Old 03-31-2012, 12:03 PM
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My man! My wife and I were singing this together just the other day. Have you seen the video of older Groucho singing it live on Dick Cavett's show?
I saw it live when it first aired. In junior high and high school, after the household was asleep, I would sneak downstairs and put the TV on really low and watch Dick Cavett. Cavett's brand of showbiz, wit, and muscular intellectualism was such an education for impressionable me! I vividly remember some of those shows: Janice Joplin, Norman Mailer, John G. Neihardt, Groucho, Katherine Hepburn, Orson Welles...
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Old 03-31-2012, 12:04 PM
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Someone already mentioned Pac-Man Fever, but not my favorite from that album - Ode To A Centipede. I don't what I love more, the obsessive-sounding spoken word vocals or the wailing guitar solo in the middle.
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Old 03-31-2012, 01:44 PM
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