The Galaxy Song.
I’m pretty certain that Denis Leary will be the only comedian to ever top the Triple J Hottest 100. He’s in good company.
Australian musical comedian Tim Minchin did a song recently called Come Home Cardinal Pell.
Its about the former head of the Catholic Church in Australia who went to a Vatican appointment, and used illness as an excuse not to return to front an enquiry on sex crimes that took place during his term. Maybe not ha-ha food joke comedic, but ascerbic satire counted as comedy last time I looked.
Minchin is an excellent songwriter and many of his other comic songs are beautifully crafted compositions. If you’re not familiar, its worth catching some of his other songs like ‘Thank You God [Sam’s Mum]’ and ‘Rock and Roll Nerd’.
Aw, c’mon, we can’t have Peter Sellers on the list without also having the Ying Tong Song:At that time, songs by comedians were pretty common in the UK, and some of them were pretty damn good. Right Said Fred by Bernard Cribbins, anyone? (Comic actor, rather than comedian, I'll grant you). j
Damn - I just remembered this:Bill Bailey's tribute to Kraftwerk.
I was going to say Funky Gibbon by The Goodies but wasn’t sure if it counted. But it fits in the Bernard Cribbins (and Clive Dunn’s Grandad - or even James Best’s Go Flash Go) school of comic songs.
Anyway, my favourite may be Stutter Rap by Morris Minor and the Majors, a Beastie Boys parody.
Yokohama Mama - Hari Kari and His Six Saki Sippers (Yogi Yorgesson 1953)
What, none of you Aussie music fans are going with Dame Edna’s Disco Matilda?!?
I much prefer Piece Of Shit Car.
What about Hello Mudda, Hello Fadda.
King Tut is still my favorite honkie.
Honorable mention to Denis Leary’s “Merry F’ing Christmas”.
In the US, Tracey Ullman was known as a singer before she was known as a comedian. They Don’t Know charted in 1983, but The Tracey Ullman Show didn’t debut until 1987.
1984’s cover of “Hole In My Shoe” by Neil (Nigel Planer) from The Young Ones.
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Aw, c’mon, we can’t have Peter Sellers on the list without also having the Ying Tong Song:[/QUOTE] Ho-Lee Crap. I'd forgotten about that one entirely. Classic.
Guy Marks was a nightclub comedian whose novelty song “Loving You Has Made Me Bananas” made the charts in 1968.
In addition to Soul Man mentioned above, The Blues Brothers also charted with Rubber Biscuit which hit #37 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1979.
I was once invited to a get-together where country artist Clint Black would be present. I wasn’t a big fan of his music, so I borrowed his latest CD from the woman who’d invited me and listened to it several times. Clint did a cover of The Galaxy Song on that CD which I really enjoyed.
So, during a lull in the conversation Clint asked me if I had a favorite song of his. Without a moments hesitation, I told him. He laughed and told me he loved the song, and it told him I wasn’t a Country music fan yet had gone out of my way to listen to his work. Great guy.
In the category of Best Infotainment, I nominate Biff’s Question Song by Thomas F. Wilson.
A cool water sandwich and a Sunday go to meeting bun!
I think Tracey Ullman’s They Don"t Know is a fun little ditty. Not funny or anything, just a smidge of pop goodness.
Little Ole Man by Bill Cosby. Had the 45 years ago.