The hallmark of most novelty songs (think “The Streak” or “Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah”) is that you only need to hear them a time or two before they get old. The novelty wears off quickly, you might say.
But there are exceptions. Some novelty songs actually work as music you don’t mind hearing multiple times.
I happened to hear “Eugene” by Crazy Joe and the Variable Speed Band the other day. It’s a silly song about the titular “cool dude in a loose mood” ineptly trying to pick up women. The (mostly spoken) lyrics are definitely written for laughs, but it’s also, IMO, a legitimately good song. Written and produced by KISS’s Ace Frehley, it’s got a smooth, funky groove that just makes you want to tap your feet and then some.
Then there’s the Christmas Jug Band’s “Santa Lost A Ho,” a bawdy little ditty that’s built around a single, rather weak, pun. But the Jug Band is full of guys with undeniable musical bona fides, with ties to acts like Country Joe and the Fish, Commander Cody, and even Van Morrison. And they can play.
So what other “novelty songs” can actually pass for good music?