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The Greatest Novelty Songs

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Maybe I’m a miserable sod, but I firmly believe that Red Nose Day would make even more money if people donated on the proviso that it would end an hour earlier for every million raised. Here’s one out of leftfield – comedians Cheech and Chong’s 1974 song, Earache My Eye, featured in their 1978 movie, Up In Smoke. Jimmy Boyd met with the Boston Archdiocese to explain the song, after which the church changed its view. Follow-up single "I Am a Cider Drinker" was no exception – and nor was it immune from a bit of nudge-wink innuendo, with the verse "Now dear old Mabel when she's able, we takes a stroll down Lovers Lane / And we sinks a pint o' Scrumpy, then we'll play old nature's game. Donegan's version was recorded live at the New Theatre Oxford on December 13, 1958, and was first released in his native U.

Every player in Alf Ramsey’s squad was handed a Ford Cortina 1600E – quite the machine back then – and, of course, there was the Esso coin collection and other branded merchandise flying off the shelves everywhere.

I’m not a prude, but this isn’t something I’ve never had to consider in my seven hundred and seventeen previous posts. As with Alice Cooper, and Marilyn Manson (two artists to whom I didn’t expect to be drawing a comparison today) people make the mistake of referring to Whigfield as the singer rather than the band (or ‘musical project’ as Wikipedia refers to them). This list features some of the most popular hits of the decade, including themes from television and films. Back then, it was also considered a lowkey fucking anthem, implying what would happen when the skates came off. Disco producer Domenico "Meco" Monardo scored a couple smaller hits with other funkified movie themes, but finally went galactic on the back of the Star Wars craze.

A book on achieving an attention-grabbing novelty single is The Manual (How to Have a Number One the Easy Way), written by The KLF. Hence why the video for ‘The Stonk’ features Bruce Forsyth, Rowan Atkinson as Mr Bean, and (if my eyes didn’t deceive me) David Baddiel, while it opens with newsreader Angela Rippon being whacked out the way by a red-nosed Big Ben. Acid plus Jazz to create, well, Acid-jazz, pop plus technology gave us synth pop bands with both new songs and new haircuts. Alongside their stand-up routine, Cheech and Chong produced a number of comedy films, and released a number of novelty songs and albums – including 1985’s Born in East L. It’s a completely instrumental track, apart from the doopy-doopy-do-do-doos which give the song its name.Novelty songs partially overlap with comedy songs, which are more explicitly based on humor, and with musical parody, especially when the novel gimmick is another popular song. Do you mean sales in 1975 as in the sales at the time rather than the sales since then including streaming/downloads etc? Ultimately, absurdly, there is too much intense accessibility for it to be a commercial success, even if it had the backing of a major label. All that history has been obliterated by the Rednex version, which became a worldwide hit and which we will all be hearing until our dying days.

The Floaters’ slick and smooth soul gem ‘Float On’ reached Number 1 on the UK singles chart in 1977, but follow-ups including a cover of Dusty Springfield’s ‘You Don't Have to Say You Love Me’ didn’t fare so well. There were many other well-known odd songs in the 1950s and 1960s that did not make the charts, such as “Frankfurter Sandwiches”. He also apparently insisted that he be name-checked ( If you can do the Bart, You’re bad like Michael Jackson…) Jackson would also feature in an episode of The Simpsons a few months after this had been a hit single. And then comes the punchline which has haunted anyone who shares the forename ever since, the oft repeated refrain “Gordon is a moron.I confess, I’d forgotten about this song, until I heard it while I was out driving today—you may quite rightly ask what two-bit radio station I was listening to. citation needed] They came second in the charts to The Spice Girls second of three consecutive Christmas number ones, with " Too Much". Weird Al" Yankovic, one of the most famous parody artists of all time, has written a few songs that are more beloved than the songs he spoofed.

The original recording was denounced by the Roman Catholic Church in the US because it mixed kissing with Christmas.The mind boggles… The album that their two biggest hits came from was titled ‘Sex and Violins’, which is possibly the only funny thing the band ever put their name to. Presumably played in bars across the continent all summer, it smashed straight in at number one when finally released at the start of September.

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