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Title: List Of Crap #76: Top 50 Novelty Songs Countdown
Post by: Thrifty Version II on November 24, 2013, 06:08:04 AM
Didn't get a lot of submissions on this one, just 6 lists.  I guess most folks don't think about novelty songs as much as I do.  And there was some dispute as to the precise definition of a novelty song.  But here goes nothin'.
#50 Yakety-Yak by The Coasters
17 points on 1 of 6 lists.  Top Vote: #9 by Johnny Unusual

http://www.youtube.com/v/PtTC3pGBjs4?hl=en_US&version=3

"Yakety Yak" is a song written, produced, and arranged by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller for The Coasters and released on Atlantic Records in 1958, spending seven weeks as #1 on the R&B charts and a week as number one on the Hot 100 pop list.  This song was one of a string of singles released by The Coasters between 1957 and 1959 that dominated the charts, one of the biggest performing acts of the rock and roll era.  The song is basically a teenager's interactions with his parents.  The parents give the teen a list of chores, the teen rebelliously retorts with "yakety-yak" and the parents tell him "don't talk back!"

The thing I remember most about this song was that, growing up in the 80s, my big sister was really into it.
Title: Re: List Of Crap #76: Top 50 Novelty Songs Countdown
Post by: Thrifty Version II on November 24, 2013, 06:15:02 AM
#49 Nature Trail to Hell by Weird Al Yankovic
17 points on 1 of 6 lists.  Top Vote: #9 by Cole Stratton

http://www.youtube.com/v/LWME4d1BRCk?hl=en_US&version=3

Nature Trail to Hell is a track on Weird Al's second album, In 3D, from 1984 (almost 30 years ago!).  The song is ostensibly a musical promo for a fictional slasher film called "Nature Trail to Hell", roughly modeled after the Friday the 13th movie series that was so popular at the time.  It contains a lot of violent sound effects to evoke the slasher film theme, such as screams and revving chainsaws.  The song contains a backmasked line "Satan Eats Cheez Wiz", perhaps a sardonic response to accusations of backmasked hidden messages in heavy metal and rock music.
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Post by: Thrifty Version II on November 24, 2013, 06:21:50 AM
#48 Kill Da Wabbit by Ozzy Fudd
17 points on 1 of 6 lists.  Top Vote: #9 by Compound

http://www.youtube.com/v/eoBRfu1pY0Y?version=3&hl=en_US

Kill Da Wabbit is a heavy metal ballad chronicling the rabbit hunting prowess of legendary guitarist/hunter Ozzy Fudd.  The character is, of course, based on the popular Looney Tunes character Elmer Fudd.  Unlike the hapless Elmer, who was constantly outsmarted by Bugs Bunny, Ozzy Fudd appears to be a rather ruthless and successful hunter.

I think I first heard this song on the Doctor Demento 30th Anniversary CD I got for Christmas in 2003.  It's an okay song, but outclassed by most of the other tracks on the CD set.
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Post by: Thrifty Version II on November 24, 2013, 06:27:12 AM
#47 One More Minute by Weird Al yankovic
18 points on 1 of 6 lists.  Top Vote: #8 by Compound

http://www.youtube.com/v/yWhpk-8QLFQ?version=3&hl=en_US

"One More Minute" is a stylistic Doo-Wop style parody on Weird Al's third album, Dare to Be Stupid, from 1985.  The song was inspired by a girlfriend of Yankovic, who broke up with him while he was trying to write the songs for Dare to Be Stupid.  In order to deal with the heartbreak, Yankovic recorded the biting, angry, humorous song.  During the video, Yankovic can be seen tearing up a picture of the girl who inspired the song.
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Post by: Darth Geek on November 24, 2013, 07:01:52 AM
I love novelty songs, but have been busier than expected lately so couldn't submit.
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Post by: Quantum Vagina on November 24, 2013, 08:58:12 AM
I tried to come up with a list, but couldn't really find a configuration that I was happy with. :/

I didn't know that about "One More Minute". It's actually been a long time since I've listened to anything by Weird Al, and I really loved that song. Doo-Wop can be really pleasant.
Title: Re: List Of Crap #76: Top 50 Novelty Songs Countdown
Post by: Thrifty Version II on November 24, 2013, 09:03:32 AM
#46 Gangnam Style by Psy
18 points on 1 of 6 lists.  Top Vote: #8 by Johnny Unusual

http://www.youtube.com/v/9bZkp7q19f0?hl=en_US&version=3

Gangnam Style is a hit single by South Korean musician Psy.  It became an international viral hit, and as of this writing, it is the most watched video on all of Youtube with over 1.8 BILLION views.  It additionally holds the record for the Youtube video with the most "Likes", at close to 8 million likes.  The title refers to a Korean neologism referring to a lifestyle associated with the Gangnam district of the South Korean capital of Seoul.   It subsequently won Best Video at the MTV Europe Music Awards held later that year. It became a source of parodies and reaction videos by many different individuals, groups and organizations while also inspiring dance mobs in Paris, Rome, and Milan, with tens of thousands of participants each. On New Year's Eve 2012, more than one million people witnessed a live "Gangnam Style" performance in Times Square, New York City, featuring Psy and rapper MC Hammer;[7] as well as in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin.[8]

By the end of 2012, the song had topped the music charts of more than 30 countries including Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Spain, and the United Kingdom. Although its reception in Japan remained lukewarm, "Gangnam Style" topped China's Baidu 500 download list and was labelled by state media as having a "divine melody."

As the song continued to rapidly gain popularity and ubiquity, its signature dance moves were attempted by many notable political leaders such as the British Prime Minister David Cameron, U.S. President Barack Obama, and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who hailed it as a "force for world peace".  Its influence on political activism was exemplified by the short film Gangnam for Freedom, produced by the British sculptor Anish Kapoor to advocate the freedom of expression with the support of various human rights organisations such as Index on Censorship and Amnesty International. According to the United Nations' news division, Psy has become an "international sensation" through his song "Gangnam Style". On May 7, 2013, at a bilateral meeting with South Korea's President Park Geun-hye at the White House, U.S. President Barack Obama cited the success of "Gangnam Style" as an example of how people around the world are being "swept up" by the Korean Wave of culture.

Personally, I find the song horrid and grating, but 2 billion views and this kind of international influence has gotta mean there's SOMETHING to it.  Maybe Satan is involved.
Title: Re: List Of Crap #76: Top 50 Novelty Songs Countdown
Post by: Quantum Vagina on November 24, 2013, 09:07:17 AM
I LOVE Gangnam Style. Catchy, humorous, deeper meaning, and I genuinely like K-Pop as a genre.
Title: Re: List Of Crap #76: Top 50 Novelty Songs Countdown
Post by: Thrifty Version II on November 24, 2013, 09:11:44 AM
#45 Charlie Brown by The Coasters
18 points on 1 of 6 lists.  Top Vote: #8 by George Harrison

http://www.youtube.com/v/d2hoRQDXGVo?hl=en_US&version=3

Charlie Brown is a song written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller and first recorded by The Coasters in 1959.  It went up to the #2 spot on the Billboard charts that year.  It is well known for its refrain line "Why is everybody always pickin' on me?"  The song tells the tale of a rebellious, troublemaking young man named Charlie Brown who, among other things "throws spitballs", "writes on the walls", "goofs in the halls", and "calls the English teacher 'Daddy-o'".  Despite the name, there is no connection to the popular star of the Peanuts comic strip.

Personally, I remember the "Why is everybody always pickin' on me?" from an obnoxious Domino's Pizza ad from 1991.  I hadn't realized it was from a real song back then.
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Post by: Thrifty Version II on November 24, 2013, 09:18:46 AM
#44 Wet Dream by Kip Addotta
18 points on 2 of 6 lists.  Top Vote: #16 by Cole Stratton

http://www.youtube.com/v/UhdONBHWOUQ?version=3&hl=en_US

Wet Dream is a song by comedian and actor Kip Addotta.  Kip wrote a number of novelty songs through his career, but Wet Dream is arguably his most successful.  I first heard it on the Dr. Demento 20th Anniversary Collection CD pictured above.  The song uses a series of fish related puns to form a loose narrative about a man's life under the sea.  Kip speaks the words to a minimal musical backing, so it feels a lot more like speaking than singing.  But it has music, so it's close enough for me.  Cole has mentioned this song on his podcast several times, so I knew it'd be on his list.  I expected it to be a lot higher though.
Title: Re: List Of Crap #76: Top 50 Novelty Songs Countdown
Post by: Thrifty Version II on November 24, 2013, 09:27:26 AM
#43 The Homecoming Queen's Got a Gun by Julie Brown
19 points on 1 of 6 lists.  Top Vote: #7 by Cole Stratton

http://www.youtube.com/v/xG3yGdQYwqg?hl=en_US&version=3

The Homecoming Queen's Got a Gun is a 1984 song by Julie Brown.  It is a parody of the "teen tragedy" style of songs that were popular in the 1950s.  The song and music video—both released more than a decade before school shootings became well known events— revolve around a teenaged Valley girl's oblivious recounting of how her best friend, Debi, who upon being crowned homecoming queen unexpectedly pulled out a weapon and began indiscriminately killing classmates and teachers at the parade.   In the end, Debi is shot by police and confesses before she dies that she murdered for a mysterious person named "Johnny", leaving her friend to ponder whether she means a nerdy classmate that always had food stuck in his braces; the queen's bouquet in the music video has the words 'Debi, I love you, Johnny' written on a label. The narrator compares the unrevealed identity of "Johnny" to "Rosebud" in Citizen Kane, observing, "It's like that movie Citizen Kane, you know, where you later find out that 'Rosebud' is his sled? / But we'll never know who Johnny was, 'cause, like, she's dead!"

I heard this song on one of the Dr. Demento anniversary CDs.  It's an okay song.  But it feels so out of place these days.  You could probably never get away with recording a humorous song about school shootings in this day and age.
Title: Re: List Of Crap #76: Top 50 Novelty Songs Countdown
Post by: Thrifty Version II on November 24, 2013, 09:27:46 AM
Okay that's all for now.
Title: Re: List Of Crap #76: Top 50 Novelty Songs Countdown
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 24, 2013, 05:34:52 PM
I LOVE Gangnam Style. Catchy, humorous, deeper meaning, and I genuinely like K-Pop as a genre.

Well, deeper might be a bit much but it is satirical, poking fun at the poser attitudes of Gangnam (though it has clearly been embraced by them).  The song is still everywhere here, as is PSY.  I think people love the song more because of the international attention it gave Korea.  But it is actually a catchy song and while I do get sick of hearing it, when I go a long time without hearing it and I hear it again, it's pretty alright.

One More Minute is a great song, but I always think of Al no longer being just a novelty act by that point in his career.

Garfunkel and Oates did a pretty great cover for Al on Comedy Bang Bang
 
http://www.youtube.com/v/1MG0-tSKhZY
Title: Re: List Of Crap #76: Top 50 Novelty Songs Countdown
Post by: Compound on November 24, 2013, 05:45:27 PM
#43 The Homecoming Queen's Got a Gun by Julie Brown


Oooh. That was the song where my cut and paste forgot to actually cut and I just pasted in the prior entry instead. Whoops. Oh well. It'll join the two other songs that I remembered about after sending the list in.
Title: Re: List Of Crap #76: Top 50 Novelty Songs Countdown
Post by: Pak-Man on November 24, 2013, 08:15:58 PM
Kicking myself for forgetting Gangnam Style and Kill Da Wabbit. One More Minute is one of Weird Al's greats, but wasn't one of the ones that made my list.
Title: Re: List Of Crap #76: Top 50 Novelty Songs Countdown
Post by: Thrifty Version II on November 24, 2013, 08:47:56 PM
#42 Kung Fu Fighting by Carl Douglas
19 points on 1 of 6 lists.  Top Vote: #7 by Johnny Unusual

http://www.youtube.com/v/jhUkGIsKvn0?version=3&hl=en_US

"Kung Fu Fighting" is a disco song written and performed by Carl Douglas and composed and produced by Biddu. It was released as a single in 1974, on the cusp of a chopsocky film craze, and eventually rose to the top of the British and American charts, in addition to reaching number one on the Soul Singles chart. It received a Gold certification from the RIAA in 1974, won the 1974 Grammy Award for Best Selling Single, and popularized disco music.  It eventually went on to sell eleven million records worldwide, making it one of the best-selling singles of all time. The song uses the quintessential Oriental riff, a short musical phrase that is used to signify Chinese culture.

"Kung Fu Fighting" was rated number 100 in VH1's 100 Greatest one-hit wonders, and number 1 in the UK Channel 4's Top 10 One Hit Wonders list in 2000, the same channel's 50 Greatest One Hit Wonders poll in 2006 and Bring Back ... the one-hit Wonders, for which Carl Douglas performed the song in a live concert.

I'd heard the opening of this song dozens of times but never bothered to listen to the full thing until last year.  It's cute and catchy.  One thing I'll always remember about this song is this clip from The Simpsons (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0P3P4nyoHkk).
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Post by: Compound on November 24, 2013, 08:49:31 PM
#46 Gangnam Style by Psy
18 points on 1 of 6 lists.  Top Vote: #8 by Johnny Unusual


Well, this seems appropriate to post then:
VIDEO: Yemen wedding celebration to ‘Gangnam Style’ ends with three dead when dancer accidentally shoots AK-47 (http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/wedding-celebration-gangnam-style-ends-dead-reveler-accidentally-shoots-ak-47-article-1.1525778)

Is it fake? Eh, who knows? There's a video but it could be a set up there. (As who the hell dances while carrying a AK-47? And it was convenient that the gunfire came during a silent part of the song. And that the camera panned upward during the gunfire to avoid filming anyone getting shot.) But still a recent story.
Title: Re: List Of Crap #76: Top 50 Novelty Songs Countdown
Post by: CJones on November 24, 2013, 08:54:24 PM
I take it I didn't get my list in in time. I know I sent you one but it only had 14 entries. I definitely would have included Gangnam Style if my brain had been working.
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Post by: Thrifty Version II on November 24, 2013, 08:54:51 PM
#41 Curly Shuffle by Jump 'N Saddle Band
19 points on 1 of 6 lists.  Top Vote: #7 by Compound

http://www.youtube.com/v/mBiHysKnvGs?version=3&hl=en_US

"The Curly Shuffle" is a novelty song by the group Jump 'N the Saddle Band first released in late 1983, an homage to The Three Stooges film comedy team. Jump 'N the Saddle Band had one of the biggest novelty hits of the early 1980s with the song. In Canada, the song was simultaneously released by "The Knuckleheads" on Attic Records, while Jump 'N The Saddle's version was also available.

The song had the band's lead vocalist Peter Quinn mimicking many of Curly Howard's catch phrases. The song was distinctive enough to climb to number 15 on the Billboard Hot 100 in early 1984, but the group never managed to produce another hit, partially because they fell into a dispute with their record label Atlantic Records when it came time to record a follow-up.

The original publisher of "The Curly Shuffle" was Swingtet publishing BMI. Owned by Dave Roberts one of the original founders of the group, and the piano player and background vocalist on the recording. This right was given by the author "Peter Quinn" and with the agreement of the band at the time of recording. After the song became a hit, the band, but not the author, relinquished their support of Roberts and re-registered the publishing with ASCAP under "Wiseguy" publishing. This dispute has never been resolved, and in fact royalties have been paid to both parties through their respective performing rights societies. Other song "hits" written by Roberts include "Leavin' Texas" recorded on multiple albums and featured on Jerry Jeff Walker's "Greatest Hits".

I heard this song on one of my Dr. Demento anniversary albums.  I like it.  It's got this kicky high energy and the impersonations of Curly are pretty fun.  The Three Stooges always make me think of Car Talk though.
Title: Re: List Of Crap #76: Top 50 Novelty Songs Countdown
Post by: Thrifty Version II on November 24, 2013, 08:55:33 PM
I take it I didn't get my list in in time. I know I sent you one but it only had 14 entries. I definitely would have included Gangnam Style if my brain had been working.
I think your list only had one entry that would have impacted the top 50, and it's a song higher up in the rankings that I didn't get to yet.
Title: Re: List Of Crap #76: Top 50 Novelty Songs Countdown
Post by: Darth Geek on November 24, 2013, 08:58:01 PM
The original publisher of "The Curly Shuffle" was Swingtet publishing BMI.
Are they on the way?
Title: Re: List Of Crap #76: Top 50 Novelty Songs Countdown
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 24, 2013, 09:07:30 PM
See when I think of Kung Fu Fighting, I always think of "Once Upon a Honeymoon".

http://www.youtube.com/v/dfYd9scVU20
Title: Re: List Of Crap #76: Top 50 Novelty Songs Countdown
Post by: Thrifty Version II on November 25, 2013, 06:08:00 PM
Monday is my hectic day so I'm too wiped to do any more today.  I'll knock out a bunch tomorrow.

I'm still really surprised by the winner for #1.  Didn't see it coming at all.
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Post by: goflyblind on November 26, 2013, 03:24:18 AM
I'm still really surprised by the winner for #1.  Didn't see it coming at all.

beethoven's ninth?
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Post by: Thrifty Version II on November 26, 2013, 02:52:45 PM
#40 Yoda by Weird Al Yankovic
20 points on 1 of 6 lists.  Top Vote: #6 by Compound

http://www.youtube.com/v/xMpDHEVaI1k?hl=en_US&version=3

Yoda is a song on Weird Al's 3rd album "Dare to Be Stupid".  The song is a parody of the song "Lola" by The Kinks, and describes the events of The Empire Strikes Back revolving around the character of Yoda.  The song is told from the point of view of Jedi in training Luke Skywalker.  Yankovic originally wrote the song in 1980 during the theatrical run of The Empire Strikes back, but never set it to music until a friend of his suggested setting it to the tune of the popular Kinks song.

I was pretty crazy about this song when I first got into Weird Al in the early 90s, even though I didn't know who Yoda was and I had never heard the song Lola.
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Post by: Thrifty Version II on November 26, 2013, 02:56:16 PM
#39 Detachable Penis by King Missile
20 points on 1 of 6 lists.  Top Vote: #6 by Johnny Unusual

http://www.youtube.com/v/VDss8V2OME4?hl=en_US&version=3

"Detachable Penis" is a song by avant-garde band King Missile. It was the first single from the band's 1992 album Happy Hour, and became a modest hit, reaching #25 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart.  In the song, frontman John S. Hall recites a deadpan monologue in which he portrays the owner of the eponymous penis. Apparently a resident of Manhattan's East Village, the narrator awakens one morning with a bad hangover to discover that his penis is missing again. He searches his apartment, calls the location of the party he attended the night before, and queries numerous acquaintances, but is unable to recover his penis.

Depressed, he goes to the Kiev Restaurant for breakfast, and afterwards, while walking "down Second Avenue, toward St. Mark's Place," discovers his penis for sale "on a blanket next to a broken toaster oven." The man selling the penis wants $22 for it, but the narrator is able to "talk him down to seventeen." He takes his penis home, washes it off, and reattaches it. With his penis back in place, he is "happy again: complete".

I had never heard of this song before Johnny submitted his list.  I don't really like it. 
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Post by: Thrifty Version II on November 26, 2013, 03:01:29 PM
#38 Trapped in the Drive Thru by Weird Al Yankovic
21 points on 1 of 6 lists.  Top Vote: #5 by Cole Stratton

http://www.youtube.com/v/SHnTocdD7sk?hl=en_US&version=3

Trapped in the Drive Thru is the final track on Weird Al Yankovic's 2006 album "Straight Outta Lynwood".  It is a parody of R. Kelly's popular hip-hop opera "Trapped in the Closet".  Although its 11 minute length makes it one of his longest songs, it is still shorter than the original R. Kelly song which, being an opera, is over an hour long (and is also torturously awful).  The song tells, in excruciating detail, the process of a character and his wife (both voiced by Yankovic) deciding what to have for dinner.  After some deliberation at home, they decide to go to drive thru at an unnamed fast food restaurant. 
Title: Re: List Of Crap #76: Top 50 Novelty Songs Countdown
Post by: Thrifty Version II on November 26, 2013, 03:13:45 PM
#37 Rock Lobster by the B52s
21 points on 1 of 6 lists.  Top Vote: #5 by Johnny Unusual

http://www.youtube.com/v/v2V2h_Bd_Gg?version=3&hl=en_US

"Rock Lobster" is a song written by Fred Schneider and Ricky Wilson, two members of The B-52's. It was produced in two versions, one by DB Records released in 1978, and a longer version, which was part of the band's 1979 self-titled debut album, released by Warner Bros. The song became one of their signature tunes, and it helped launch the band's success.

"Rock Lobster" was the band's first single to appear on Billboard Hot 100, where it reached No. 56. A major hit in Canada, the single went all the way to No. 1 in the RPM national singles chart. Its follow-up was "Private Idaho," in October 1980, which reached No. 74 in the US. It was well received by critics and was placed at No. 147 on Rolling Stone's list of the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time."

Its lyrics includes nonsensical lines about a beach party and excited rants about real or imagined marine animals ("There goes a dog-fish, chased by a cat-fish, in flew a sea robin, watch out for that piranha, there goes a narwhal, here comes a bikini whale!"), accompanied by absurd, fictional noises attributed to them (provided by Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson — Pierson providing the higher-pitched noises and Wilson the lower-pitched ones); the chorus consists of the words "Rock Lobster!" repeated over and over on top of a keyboard line.

I'd heard of this song before, but never listened to it until about now. 
Title: Re: List Of Crap #76: Top 50 Novelty Songs Countdown
Post by: Pak-Man on November 26, 2013, 03:26:05 PM
Oooh. If I'd thought of Rock Lobster as a novelty song, it would have been way up my list.
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Post by: Thrifty Version II on November 26, 2013, 03:26:16 PM
#36 29/31 by Garfunkel and Oates
21 points on 1 of 6 lists.  Top Vote: #5 by Thrifty

http://www.youtube.com/v/H-gfxjAaZg0?hl=en_US&version=3

"29/31" is a song by comedy-folk duo Garfunkel and Oates.  The song features Kate Miccuci and Riki Lindhome playing the same women, aged 29 and 31 respectively, both singing about love.  The younger Miccuci is peppy and optimistic.  The older Lindhome is angry, bitter, and desperate.  Over the course of the song, she belittles Micucci's optimism as foolish and reckless which Miccuci tries to defend her point of view.

I love this song.  Both ladies bring such different energies to the song that it makes it a really fun and humorous piece of work.
Title: Re: List Of Crap #76: Top 50 Novelty Songs Countdown
Post by: Compound on November 26, 2013, 03:28:52 PM
I so want to post another novelty song in reference to Rock Lobster right now, but will refrain until after the list is over.


But I am bristling at it being labelled a novelty song. It's not any quirkier than "Mesopotamia" or "Legal Tender." The B52s just wrote on different subjects than other bands did. Bristle, bristle.
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Post by: Thrifty Version II on November 26, 2013, 03:34:38 PM
#35 Marvin, I Love Your by Stephen Moore
21 points on 1 of 6 lists.  Top Vote: #5 by Compound

http://www.youtube.com/v/5ImiqaXBMkM?hl=en_US&version=3

"Marvin, I Love You" is a song about the character Marvin the Paranoid Android from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series of books.  Released in 1981, the song tells the story of Marvin going through his data banks cleaning up when he accidentally finds a mysterious recording of someone singing "Marvin, I Love You".  Marvin is confused by the presence of this recording, and tries to figure out how to make it play again.  When he does figure this out, the normally depressed robot finds the tune to be the one thing that cheers him up in his otherwise gloomy life.

I'd never heard this song before, though I had read the Hitchhiker's Guide series of books, seen the movie, and the miniseries.  It's kinda cute and heartwarming.
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Post by: Thrifty Version II on November 26, 2013, 03:34:59 PM
#34 Surfin' Bird by The Trashmen
21 points on 2 of 6 lists.  Top Vote: #7 by Pak-Man

http://www.youtube.com/v/ZThquH5t0ow?version=3&hl=en_US

"Surfin' Bird" is a song performed by the American surf rock band The Trashmen, and it is also the name of the album that featured this hit single. It was released in 1963 and reached No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100.  It is a combination of two R&B hits by The Rivingtons: "Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow" and "The Bird's the Word", which was influenced by Red Prysock's "What's the word? Thunderbird!"

It is widely rumored but highly unlikely that Surfin' Bird's derives from a radio ad jingle advertising Thunderbird as a brand of cheap wine: "What’s the word? Thunderbird. How’s it sold? Good and cold. What’s the jive? Bird’s alive. What’s the price? Thirty twice."[4] The jazz release that reflects common misconception of the wine jingle and is titled, "What's The Word? Thunderbird!" and was issued in record form as Mercury 71214 in October 1957.[5] This release was written by Wilbur Prysock, and performed by Red Prysock.

The Rivingtons followed up their 1962 Billboard Hot 100 hit "Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow" with the similar "The Bird's the Word" in 1963. The Trashmen had not heard this version but saw a band called The Sorensen Brothers playing it. They decided to play the song that night at their own gig. During this first performance, drummer and vocalist Steve Wahrer stopped playing and ad-libbed the "Surfin' Bird" middle section.  Despite not knowing "The Bird's the Word" was a Rivingtons song, the similarity to "Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow" was obvious and The Trashmen added the chorus to the end of their new track.

A local disc jockey, Bill Diehl, was at the gig and convinced the band to record the track. It was recorded at Kay Bank Studios in Minneapolis. Diehl entered it into a local battle of the bands competition and it won. It was then sent to a battle of the bands competition in Chicago where it also won. This led to the group being signed to Garrett Records with the single being quickly released. It reportedly sold 30,000 copies in its first weekend before going on to national success, reaching #4 on the Billboard Hot 100. Wahrer was originally credited as the song's writer, but that was changed to the Rivingtons (Al Frazier, Carl White, Sonny Harris, and Turner Wilson Jr.) after the group successfully sued The Trashmen for plagiarism.

I'd heard this song before.  A lot of people find it really grating and terrible, and a lot of people find it catchy.  I'm probably in the latter camp, but I doubt I could handle much of it.  An especially terrible episode of Family Guy revolved around Peter's obsession with the song and with Stewie and Brian trying to destroy it.
Title: Re: List Of Crap #76: Top 50 Novelty Songs Countdown
Post by: Pak-Man on November 26, 2013, 03:35:30 PM
I so want to post another novelty song in reference to Rock Lobster right now, but will refrain until after the list is over.


But I am bristling at it being labelled a novelty song. It's not any quirkier than "Mesopotamia" or "Legal Tender." The B52s just wrote on different subjects than other bands did. Bristle, bristle.

Yeah, that's why it slipped my list. It's just kinda the B52s being the B52s. I can maybe see it getting a pass because of the section with the fish noises. :^)
Title: Re: List Of Crap #76: Top 50 Novelty Songs Countdown
Post by: Thrifty Version II on November 26, 2013, 03:36:10 PM
That's all for tonight folks!
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Post by: Pak-Man on November 26, 2013, 03:43:09 PM
An especially terrible episode of Family Guy revolved around Peter's obsession with the song and with Stewie and Brian trying to destroy it.

I have a special fondness for "Let's torture our audience!" humor (Hence my long-standing love of Adult Swim programming). That, coupled with my genuine, unironic love of the song, makes that particular Family Guy one of my favorites.
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Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 26, 2013, 08:00:52 PM
I put Rock Lobster in there, but I wasn't really sure I counted it myself.  After all, I wouldn't call songs by quirky bands inherently "novelty".  I just saw it on a list and was like "alright, why not"?  Sorry if I offended anyone.  I certainly wouldn't want Whip It to be considered a novelty song (though it's not one of my favourite Devo songs).  Trapped in the Drive Through and 29/31 are really more straight comedy songs and Yoda is sort of on the line where Al was crossing over into being a mainstay and not just a "novelty". 

I like Detachable Penis, but I much prefer Jesus Was Way Cool, which I don't think counts since it is even less of a song and wasn't popular to be a novelty and was more of a comedy piece.

http://www.youtube.com/v/WVJ-Wlacc-E

Surfin' Bird was on my list, but it wasn't so much for its Family Guy resurgence as it mixes two other novelty songs that might have made my list.
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Post by: Thrifty Version II on November 26, 2013, 08:08:22 PM
Trapped in the Drive Through and 29/31 are really more straight comedy songs and Yoda is sort of on the line where Al was crossing over into being a mainstay and not just a "novelty". 

Not this again.  "Novelty song" is not a code word for "obnoxious song".  Doctor Demento made his career spinning what he labelled novelty songs, and a good 80% of them are comedic in nature.  If you're gonna keep nitpicking, should I just delete the thread and forget about the rest of the list?
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Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 26, 2013, 10:35:53 PM
I'm not asking you to and I never said novelty song is a code word for obnoxious.  I'm saying that I don't see them as novelty songs.  Besides, it's not like there isn't a precedent for people debating whether stuff belongs on a list of crap, such as when people debated whether the muppets counted as a fictional race or if Henry Rollins counts as a stand-up comedian or who counts as a second banana.

I'm not saying "WE ARE NOT MOVING THIS THING UNTIL WE THROW THIS STUFF OUT." (Except as an example of things I don't say).  After all, I'm not bothered by people suggesting I'm wrong about my pick Rock Lobster, and I think they make a valid argument.  But even if I felt they didn't, I wouldn't be too upset about it.  I'm playing armchair quarterback, I'm not telling people what to do.
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Post by: Thrifty Version II on November 28, 2013, 10:00:47 AM
Johnny I apologize for my outburst yesterday.  That was uncalled for.

Didn't have time to do any more entries yesterday.  Here's today's batch.

#33 Party From Outer Space by Albert Brooks
22 points on 1 of 6 lists.  Top Vote: #4 by Cole Stratton

http://www.youtube.com/v/ShLzz9ZvpmU?version=3&hl=en_US

Party from Outer Space is a.... bizarre track by comedian Albert Brooks.  In it, a reporter reports on the first ever party held in outer space.  The reporter reports that everyone is here... celebrities, animals, and inanimate objects.  He speaks with Lassie, Abraham Lincoln, Al Jolson, the Statue of Liberty, an anonymous non-famous man, and Richard Chamberlain.  Their responses are clips from songs bearing no vocal resemblance to any of the people he speaks to.  It's a short track, and odd.  Cole seems to love it though.
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Post by: Thrifty Version II on November 28, 2013, 10:06:41 AM
#32 A Boy Named Sue by Johnny Cash
22 points on 1 of 6 lists.  Top Vote: #4 by Johnny Unusual

http://www.youtube.com/v/-1BJfDvSITY?version=3&hl=en_US

"A Boy Named Sue" is a poem by Shel Silverstein that has been made popular by Johnny Cash. Cash was at the height of his popularity when he recorded the song live at California's San Quentin State Prison at a concert on February 24, 1969. The concert was filmed by Granada Television for later television broadcast. The audio of the concert was later released on Cash's At San Quentin album. Cash also performed the song (with comical variations on the original performance) in December 1969 at Madison Square Garden. The song became Cash's biggest hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and his only top ten single there, spending three weeks at #2 in 1969, held out of the top spot by Honky Tonk Women by The Rolling Stones. The track also topped the Billboard Hot Country Songs and Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks charts that same year and was certified Gold on August 14, 1969 by the RIAA.

The song tells the tale of a young man's quest for revenge on a father who abandoned him at 3 years of age and whose only contribution to his entire life was naming him Sue, commonly a feminine name, which results in the young man suffering from ridicule and harassment by everyone he meets in his travels. Because of this, Sue grows up tough, mean and smartens up very quickly, though he frequently relocates due to the shame his name gives him. Angered by the embarrassment and abuse that he endures in his life, he swears that he will find and kill his father for giving him "that awful name."

Sue later locates his father at a Gatlinburg, Tennessee, tavern during the middle of a summer season and confronts him by saying, "My name is Sue! How do you do? Now you're gonna die!" This results in a vicious brawl that spills outdoors into a muddy street. After the two have beaten each other almost senseless, Sue's father admits that he is "the son of a bitch" that named him Sue and explains that the name was given as an act of love. Because Sue's father knew that he would not be there for his son, he gave him the name to make sure that he grew up strong. Learning this, Sue forgives his father and they reconcile. With his lesson learned, Sue closes the song with a promise to name his son "Bill or George, any damn thing but Sue! I still hate that name!"
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Post by: Quantum Vagina on November 28, 2013, 10:09:11 AM
That song always reminds me of my dad. I don't know WHY it does, because he never did that to me, but every time I hear it, I think of him.
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Post by: Thrifty Version II on November 28, 2013, 10:14:55 AM
#31 Polkadot Undies by Bowser and Blue
22 points on 1 of 6 lists.  Top Vote: #4 by Thrifty

http://www.youtube.com/v/LN6qRyKJbA0?hl=en_US&version=3

Bowser and Blue is a musical duo from Montreal, consisting of George Bowser and Rick Blue.  Long time members of the Montreal music scene, they began working together in 1978.  Their song "Polkadot Undies" is a ballad sung in the style of Bob Dylan.  The song is full of mind rhyme; the first line of each couplet with an obvious rhyme of a dirty word, and the second line further pushes the listener to infer this dirty word before averting it completely and moving into a new and loosely related couplet.  At the end of a verse, the rhyme is replaced with the song title.  The song concludes with an accusation against the listener, implying, but not actually saying, that "obscenity is all in your mind".

I love this song.  I love mind rhymes.  I can't help laughing that they keep setting these up and not paying off.  Instead of using obscene words, they force you to use them.
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Post by: Thrifty Version II on November 28, 2013, 10:20:47 AM
#30 Poisoning Pigeons in the Park by Tom Lehrer
22 points on 2 of 6 lists.  Top Vote: #13 by Thrifty

http://www.youtube.com/v/yhuMLpdnOjY?hl=en_US&version=3

Tom Lehrer is a satirist, singer-songwriter, and mathematician.  Most of his recording career took place in the 1950s and 1960s.  In the early 1970s, he retired from singing and writing to teaching mathematics and musical theater at UC Santa Cruz.  "Poisoning Pigeons in the Park" is a parody of "springtime" songs, in which Lehrer sings of his enjoyment of torturing, murdering, and vivisecting wild animals.

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Post by: Thrifty Version II on November 28, 2013, 10:25:50 AM
#29 Deteriorata by National Lampoon
22 points on 2 of 6 lists.  Top Vote: #9 by Thrifty

http://www.youtube.com/v/Ey6ugTmCYMk?hl=en_US&version=3

Deteriorata is a parody of Les Crane's 1971 spoken word recording of Desiderata, the early 20th century poem by Max Ehrmann. (Desiderata is Latin for "things to be desired"; the word deteriorata is a portmanteau of "desiderata" and the verb to deteriorate.) The parody was written by Tony Hendra for National Lampoon, and was recorded as part of the National Lampoon Radio Dinner album, released in 1972. Voiceover talent Norman Rose read the "poem" and Melissa Manchester was a background singer on the chorus section of the song. Christopher Guest wrote the music.

Deteriorata was also released as a single, which stayed on the lower reaches of the Billboard magazine charts for a month in late 1972. In addition, a printed version of the parody became one of National Lampoon's best-selling posters. The parody gained some significance and popularity as a frequent presentation on the Dr. Demento radio show. Les Crane himself admitted to preferring the parody version over his Grammy-winning recording of the original poem.

I first heard this song on the Doctor Demento 30th Anniversary box set in late 2003.  I liked it, but it wasn't until 7 years later that I found out it was actually a parody.  When I heard the original, I started to like it more.
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Post by: Compound on November 28, 2013, 03:25:32 PM
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Okay, I wasn't going to comment further until afterwards, but Youtube guy? (Not Thrifty, the guy who made the video.)


(http://www.faqs.org/espionage/images/eeis_02_img0866.jpg)


The USS Pueblo. Captured by the North Koreans in 1968 and its crew held captive for a year. In 1971, this would have been an event in the recent memory of the listeners. Nothing to do with burly frontiers folk. (Shakes head) Damn kids. Get off my lawn.
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Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 28, 2013, 04:23:26 PM
Johnny I apologize for my outburst yesterday.  That was uncalled for.

No worries, it happens.


http://www.youtube.com/v/ShLzz9ZvpmU?version=3&hl=en_US
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This one is odd but it makes MUCH more sense in context (which I learned from Pop My Culture).  The premise is that this is a spoof about an old radio gag in which the DJ would pretend to interview a singer and they would edit in song snippets as the responses.  The joke here is that Albert Brooks says "Well, I can't afford the song clips so I'll make my own."  So he makes his own song snippets that fit in well, thus messing with the premise and making it overly meta.  This is actually the first time I heard it, but it's really clever.  I really like Brooks (although I must admit, I'm not that familiar with him outside some clips and his stellar work on the Simpsons.  Apparently, he's the only guy who worked on the show who is encouraged to improvise.)

#32 A Boy Named Sue by Johnny Cash
22 points on 1 of 6 lists.  Top Vote: #4 by Johnny Unusual

http://www.youtube.com/v/-1BJfDvSITY?version=3&hl=en_US

I love this song.  Silly but sweet.

#30 Poisoning Pigeons in the Park by Tom Lehrer
22 points on 2 of 6 lists.  Top Vote: #13 by Thrifty

http://www.youtube.com/v/yhuMLpdnOjY?hl=en_US&version=3

Never heard of this one before, but I like it.

While I wouldn't say they are similar, it reminds me of Liam Lynch's "Burying Your Cat".

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Post by: Thrifty Version II on November 28, 2013, 04:53:30 PM
#28 The Grunge Song by Radio Free Vestibule
23 points on 1 of 6 lists.  Top Vote: #3 by Cole Stratton

http://www.youtube.com/v/G5Cnc7wm-dg?hl=en_US&version=3

I couldn't find much information about this song or the group.  "The Grunge Song" is a general parody of the grunge song style  that arose around Seattle in the mid 1980s and was popularized by bands such as Nirvana and Pearl Jam.  The song is performed in the grunge style and in turn describes grunge music. 

It's a cute song.  I love these sorts of generalized sardonic parodies.
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Post by: Thrifty Version II on November 28, 2013, 04:57:00 PM
#27 Still Alive by Jonathan Coulton
23 points on 1 of 6 lists.  Top Vote: #3 by Pak-Man

http://www.youtube.com/v/RSsstXfcRWw?hl=en_US&version=3

"Still Alive" is a song featured in the 2007 video game Portal. It was written by Jonathan Coulton and was performed by Ellen McLain while portraying the Portal character GLaDOS. The song originated in a meeting between two Valve developers and Coulton about him writing a song for the company, which Coulton accepted as he was a fan of the Half-Life series. It is the end credits song, and plays after GLaDOS is defeated by Chell (the game's protagonist and player character), with the lyrics suggesting that she (GLaDOS) is "still alive". The song received significant praise for its humour and the quality of its performance. It has been featured in multiple venues, including at the 2009 Press Start -Symphony of Games-, a yearly Japanese concert event to showcase the musical works of video games. It was also featured as a free downloadable song for the Rock Band series, originally released on April 1, 2008. A rerecorded version, with Sara Quin on lead vocals, appears on Coulton's 2011 album Artificial Heart. The sequel to Portal, Portal 2, also ended with a song written by Coulton and sung by McLain called "Want You Gone".

I've heard of Portal, but never played it.  It's a catchy song.  I probably wouldn't have considered it a novelty song, but that's just me.
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Post by: Thrifty Version II on November 28, 2013, 05:09:26 PM
#26 Four Chord Song by Axis of Awesome
23 points on 1 of 6 lists.  Top Vote: #3 by Compound

http://www.youtube.com/v/oOlDewpCfZQ?hl=en_US&version=3

The Axis of Awesome is an Australian musical comedy act with members Jordan Raskopoulos, Lee Naimo and Benny Davis. The trio cover a wide variety of performance styles, and perform a combination of original material and pop parodies.  "4 Chords" is a medley of 36 pop songs that all, apparently, contain the same four chord structure (I don't really know what a chord is, I'm just paraphrasing what Wikipedia says and inferring this from the name of the song).  In 2008, the group performed at the Edinburgh Fringe where it received wild critical and popular acclaim.  Soon after, 4 Chords was played on BBC Radio 1, and the song went viral on YouTube, launching the group's career.

I've never heard of this song before but now I love it.  It reminds me of Weird Al's polka medleys.  Something about the persistence is just too funny.  They seamlessly hop from one song to the next without breaking the rhythm.  The video is pretty funny too.
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Post by: goflyblind on November 28, 2013, 05:11:26 PM
#28 The Grunge Song by Radio Free Vestibule
23 points on 1 of 6 lists.  Top Vote: #3 by Cole Stratton

http://www.youtube.com/v/EwujU8nra2o

i <3 cole.

radio free vestibule was a comedy sketch/music group out of, probably, toronto or montreal. they've also got a good bit about "blinded by the light" that was on just for laughs.
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Post by: Thrifty Version II on November 28, 2013, 05:23:26 PM
#25 Carrot Juice is Murder by The Arrogant Worms
23 points on 1 of 6 lists.  Top Vote: #3 by Thrifty

http://www.youtube.com/v/KmK0bZl4ILM?hl=en_US&amp;version=3

The Arrogant Worms are a Canadian musical comedy group that parodies a wide variety of musical genres.  They came together in 1991 and have toured in Canada, the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom.  "Carrot Juice is Murder" is in the style of a protest song.  The song protests the consumption of vegetables and advocates vegetable rights.  By the end of the song, the man is imprisoned for murdering several farmers for harvesting vegetables.  He is unrepentant yet insistent that his imprisonment is unjustified.

I like this song because it's got a lot of humor and power to it.  I feel like, aside from being funny it does a good job of lampooning protest songs, extremist activism, and vegetarians.
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Post by: Thrifty Version II on November 28, 2013, 05:25:20 PM
Ok that's all for today.  We'll get to the 24 and 25 point entries tomorrow. 
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Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 28, 2013, 06:12:56 PM
Lots of Canadian love today too.  Neato.  I loved the Arrogant Worms and Radio Free Vestibule when I was a kid and I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who remembers them.

I like stuff like Four Chord.  Always fun.
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Post by: ColeStratton on November 29, 2013, 12:55:49 AM

i <3 cole.

radio free vestibule was a comedy sketch/music group out of, probably, toronto or montreal. they've also got a good bit about "blinded by the light" that was on just for laughs.

We had the Vestibules at SF Sketchfest in I want to say our 2nd or 3rd year -- they sent us a VHS tape of their stuff and we we're just blown away. They have this fortune teller sketch that kills me -- it's short and it's on their album that's on iTunes, so I recommend the download.

Here's a pic of them taken by my old shitty camera at the fest!
(http://i44.tinypic.com/aakspw.jpg)
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Post by: Thrifty Version II on November 29, 2013, 04:51:00 PM
#24 If I Had $1000000 by Barenaked Ladies
24 points on 1 of 6 lists.  Top Vote: #2 by Compound

http://www.youtube.com/v/LHacDYj8KZM?version=3&amp;hl=en_US

If I Had $1000000 is a song by Canadian musical group Barenaked Ladies from the first album.  It is one of the group's best known songs despite never having an official music video.  A line in the song inspired fans to begin throwing Kraft Dinner at the band during concerts. It initially began as a single box at a 1991 show at the Danforth Music Hall in Toronto.  It quickly grew by word-of-mouth, and the number of boxes being thrown rapidly increased. It became so bad that eventually hundreds of boxes were pelted at shows; the band and their instruments were often the target. Especially unpleasant were open cheese packages, which would create a putrid aroma when sitting on stage under hot spotlights. Some diehard fans would go one step further and throw cooked pasta. Eventually, BNL requested that fans cease the Kraft Dinner throwing ritual, and instead donate the food via bins set up in the lobbies of their shows for local food banks.  Security occasionally checks incoming concert-goers for boxes, though the practice almost entirely subsided by the late 2000s. The campaign spawned the fan slogan, "those in the know don't throw".

BNL is my favorite group and I've heard this song dozens of times, but I never thought of it as a novelty song.  It's just a quirky song like a lot of their stuff.
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Post by: Thrifty Version II on November 29, 2013, 04:54:30 PM
#23 Timothy by The Buoys
24 points on 1 of 6 lists.  Top Vote: #2 by Thrifty

http://www.youtube.com/v/fIMZHDvmIIM?version=3&amp;hl=en_US

"Timothy" is a song written by Rupert Holmes (the guy who wrote that awful Pina Colada song) and recorded by The Buoys in 1971, presenting the unnerving story of three men trapped in a collapsed mine, two of whom apparently resort to cannibalism against the third (the eponymous character Timothy). The song managed to reach the Billboard Top 40 chart on April 17, 1971, remaining on the chart for eight weeks, peaking at #17, as listed in The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn.  According to his own account, Holmes and a colleague had discovered the Buoys and convinced Scepter Records to sign them to a one-single contract. Since the deal did not call for the label to promote the single, the band would have to find some other way to get themselves and their song noticed. Holmes suggested a novel solution to this problem: to purposefully record a song likely to be banned, thus generating publicity for the Buoys under the time-honored axiom that "there's no such thing as bad publicity".

I heard this song and thought it was catchy at first.  It wasn't until several years later, when I learned it was about cannibalism, that I really loved it.
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Post by: Thrifty Version II on November 29, 2013, 04:59:27 PM
#22 The Superbowl Shuffle by the 1985 Chicago Bears
24 points on 1 of 6 lists.  Top Vote: #2 by Cole Stratton

http://www.youtube.com/v/V5UFI0Xkbg8?version=3&amp;hl=en_US

"The Super Bowl Shuffle" is a rap song performed by players of the Chicago Bears football team during 1985. It was released 3 months prior to their win in Super Bowl XX.

The 1985 rap hit recorded by the players of the Chicago Bears known as the “Super Bowl Shuffle” instantly became a mainstream phenomenon. The single sold more than a half-million copies and reached No. 41 on the US Billboard Hot 100, making the Chicago Bears the only American professional team of any sport with a hit single.

The Bears finished with a 15-1 record for the 1985 season. Randy Weigand and Skylar Borchardt, die-hard Bears fans, and music lovers, had the idea to write, produce, and choreograph a rap song for the Chicago Bears. Weigand's girlfriend, cheerleader Courtney Larson, introduced them to Willie Gault who put them in touch with other Bears players and the “Super Bowl Shuffle” was born. The lyrics related to each player and his craft on the field, and fame in the community.

“The Super Bowl Shuffle” fell in line with the Bears high-media attention as they completed their one-loss regular season. The Bears backed up their musical strutting by dominating their playoff opponents and hammering the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl by a score of 46-10, the most lopsided victory in Super Bowl history at the time (the record was broken just four years later when the San Francisco 49ers beat the Denver Broncos by a score of 55-10 in Super Bowl XXIV).

The 1985 Chicago Bears were the first sports team to have their own rap video. The song was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1985 for best rhythm and blues performance by a duo or group, eventually losing to "Kiss". The 20th Anniversary DVD was released in 2004, including the making of the video, outtakes, and the music video itself. Julia Meyer has kept the copyright to the video. Over $300,000 in profits from the song and music video was donated to the Chicago Community Trust to help needy families in Chicago with clothing, shelter, and food.  This was consistent with Walter Payton's rap lyrics in the song: "Now we're not doing this because we're greedy, the Bears are doing it to feed the needy."

This is just one of those songs that should suck, because it has amateurs rapping, and it's so corny, but the whole thing is so weird that I can't stop laughing.
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Post by: Thrifty Version II on November 29, 2013, 05:03:48 PM
#21 Little Red Riding Hood by Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs
24 points on 1 of 6 lists.  Top Vote: #2 by George Harrison

http://www.youtube.com/v/cdVVLbe1rfY?hl=en_US&amp;version=3

"Li'l Red Riding Hood" was a 1966 song performed by Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs. It was the group's second top-10 hit, reaching No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in August 1966 and No. 2 on the Canadian RPM Magazine charts. It was certified gold by the RIAA on August 11, 1966.

It is a prominent plot element in the 1993 film Striking Distance with Bruce Willis, and is featured in the film Wild Country in 2005 and a cover by Laura Gibson in a 2012 Volvo commercial for its S60T5.

The song is built around Charles Perrault's fairy tale "Little Red Riding Hood", adapted by ending before the grandmother makes her entrance, and explicitly using the ambiguity of modern English between "wolf", the carnivore, and "wolf", a man with concealed sexual intentions. The effect, whether intentional or incidental, is to strip away the fairy tale's metaphorical device and present the relationship between the two characters without literary pretense.

The singer remarks on "what big eyes" and "what full lips" Red has, and eventually on "what a big heart" he himself has. An added element is that he says (presumably aside, to the song's audience) that he is disguised in a "sheep suit" until he can demonstrate his good intentions, but he seems to be having a hard time suppressing his wolf call in the form of a howl, in favor of the baa-ing of a sheep, at the very end of the song when Sam repeats the word "BAAHED" a few times during the song's fade. One of its signature lines is "you're ev'rything that a big bad wolf could want".

Well, it's not a funny song but it sure is a creepy song.  I think I heard the tune for this used in promos for a Nero Wolfe TV series several years ago.
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Post by: Thrifty Version II on November 29, 2013, 05:12:28 PM
#20 Star Trekkin' by The Firm
24 points on 2 of 6 lists.  Top Vote: #8 by Cole Stratton

http://www.youtube.com/v/FCARADb9asE?version=3&amp;hl=en_US

Star Trekkin' is a weird little song that tells the tales of the crew of the original Star Trek series.  As the song continues, the tempo speeds up and the voices, I swear, get squeakier.  It's a weird and cut song, but the video is really silly.
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Post by: Thrifty Version II on November 29, 2013, 05:15:48 PM
#19 Dare to be Stupid by Weird Al Yankovic
25 points on 1 of 6 lists.  Top Vote: #1 by Compound

http://www.youtube.com/v/SMhwddNQSWQ?hl=en_US&amp;version=3

"Dare to Be Stupid" is an original song by "Weird Al" Yankovic. It is a track on the album of the same name.  It is a musical pastiche (or "style parody") of the band Devo.  In an interview on VH1's Behind The Music, Devo's Mark Mothersbaugh stated in reaction to the song that: "I was in shock. It was the most beautiful thing I had ever heard. He sort of re-sculpted that song into something else and, umm ... I hate him for it, basically."

I like this song well enough.  It's not one of my favorite Weird Al works, though my nephew was super into it when he was 6.
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Post by: Thrifty Version II on November 29, 2013, 05:28:53 PM
#18 Entering Marion by John Forster
25 points on 1 of 6 lists.  Top Vote: #1 by Thrifty

http://www.youtube.com/v/gIkCeyih3lM?version=3&amp;hl=en_US

"Entering Marion" is a song by musician and humorist John Forster about towns in Massachusetts.  It makes use of sexual double entendres (such as the double meaning of the word "entering") and the frequency of Massachusetts towns named after people.  I love this song because of its kicky piano tune and hilarious lyrics.  That's why it made my #1 spot.
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Post by: Thrifty Version II on November 29, 2013, 05:29:24 PM
Ok that's all the 25 point and lower listings.  The rest of the entries will have been on multiple lists.
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Post by: Compound on November 29, 2013, 05:41:26 PM
#24 If I Had $1000000 by Barenaked Ladies
BNL is my favorite group and I've heard this song dozens of times, but I never thought of it as a novelty song.  It's just a quirky song like a lot of their stuff.


I can answer that one easy enough. I put it on the list because of something you didn't mention-  it's a song that BNL has never performed the same way twice. For the non-fans, the interstitial bits between each verse are basically ad-libbed at the time of performance, so at one performance, you may be hearing a shoutout to USA hockey, at another you'll be getting a campaign speech for a Presidential run, and at third you'd hear an impromptu rendition of "What if God Was One of Us." So, technically I suppose it's actually a couple of thousand songs, all with the same title, if you want to get all technical about it.
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Post by: Darth Geek on November 29, 2013, 06:42:03 PM
#18 Dare to be Stupid by Weird Al Yankovic
This song is proof that Michael Bay has actually seen the 1986 Transformers animated movie. Because he apparently took it as a personal challenge.
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Post by: Pak-Man on November 30, 2013, 12:37:23 AM
Shoot! How was Dare to be Stupid not one of the Weird Al songs on my list?
Title: Re: List Of Crap #76: Top 50 Novelty Songs Countdown
Post by: Thrifty Version II on November 30, 2013, 05:41:02 AM
Crap.  I missed one somewhere.  Entering Marion is supposed to be #18... 

I see what happened.  I skipped #19.  Lemme just go back and edit those....
Title: Re: List Of Crap #76: Top 50 Novelty Songs Countdown
Post by: Thrifty Version II on November 30, 2013, 05:47:14 AM
Ok back on track here...

#17 Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah by Allan Sherman
27 points on 2 of 6 lists.  Top Vote: #6 by George Harrison

http://www.youtube.com/v/9jjiWS__Mp0?hl=en_US&amp;version=3

"Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah" is a Grammy Award winning novelty song by Allan Sherman and Lou Busch, loosely based on complaint letters Sherman received from his son while attending Camp Champlain in Westport, New York.  The song is set in the fictional Camp Grenada, and is a parody of the Amilcare Ponchielli song "Dance of the Hours".  The song describes a series of disasters with the singer begging to be taken home.  By the end of the song, the singer is having a good time and instructs his parents to disregard the letter as he now enjoys camp.

My first thought when hearing this song, every time, is Homer asking "Marge?  Is Lisa at Camp Grenada?"
Title: Re: List Of Crap #76: Top 50 Novelty Songs Countdown
Post by: Thrifty Version II on November 30, 2013, 05:53:02 AM
#16 Barbie Girl by Aqua
28 points on 2 of 6 lists.  Top Vote: #5 by Pak-Man

http://www.youtube.com/v/ZyhrYis509A?version=3&amp;hl=en_US"

"Barbie Girl" is a song by the Danish-Norwegian dance-pop group Aqua. It was released in May 1997 as their third single overall, and the first United Kingdom release. The song is included on the album Aquarium and was written by Claus Norreen and Søren Nystrøm Rasted after the group saw an exhibit on kitsch culture.

The song topped the charts worldwide, particularly in European countries such as the UK, where it was a number-one hit for three weeks. It was also on top of the charts in Australia for the same length of time, and debuted and peaked at No. 7 on the US Billboard Hot 100 on 6 September 1997 and it remains Aqua's biggest hit single in the US to date, and their only one to reach the Top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100. It is Aqua's most popular work.

The lyrics of the song are about Barbie and Ken, the dolls made by Mattel. Both the song and its music video feature Lene Nystrøm as Barbie and René Dif as Ken. As such, the lyrics drew the ire of Barbie's corporate owners, and a lawsuit was filed by Mattel.

A footnote on the back of the Aquarium CD case precisely stated that "The song 'Barbie Girl' is a social comment and was not created or approved by the makers of the doll."

I guess some people like this song.  I feel like I'm getting my skin flayed off trying to listen to it.
Title: Re: List Of Crap #76: Top 50 Novelty Songs Countdown
Post by: Thrifty Version II on November 30, 2013, 06:00:24 AM
#15 The Scotsman by Bryan Bowers
30 points on 2 of 6 lists.  Top Vote: #10 by Compound

http://www.youtube.com/v/VoUV5d09JZw?version=3&amp;hl=en_US

Bryan Bowers isn't particularly well known as a singer or a song writer.  From what I can see, he's best known for playing and popularizing an instrument called the autoharp.  He became popular with listeners of Dr. Demento for his 1980 recording of the song "The Scotsman".  The Scotsman is a short ditty about a Scottish man who, after a night of heavy drinking, stumbles out of the bar and falls asleep in the street.  While he is asleep, two young women pass by and tie a blue silk ribbon around his genitals.  When the Scotsman wakes up, he moves to go relieve himself and notices the bow.  The discovery leads him to quip "I don't know what you did, but I see you won first prize!"

I too was introduced to this song through Dr. Demento.  I find it really catchy and addictive and funny.
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Post by: Thrifty Version II on November 30, 2013, 06:05:52 AM
#14 Basketball Jones by Cheech and Chong
30 points on 2 of 6 lists.  Top Vote: #3 by George Harrison

http://www.youtube.com/v/JIbp5C-5WXM?version=3&amp;hl=en_US

"Basketball Jones featuring Tyrone Shoelaces" is a song by Cheech and Chong that first appeared on the 1973 album Los Cochinos.

Sung in falsetto by Cheech Marin, playing the title character Tyrone (as in "tie-your-own") Shoelaces, it told the story of Shoelaces' love of basketball. It was a parody of the song "Love Jones" by Brighter Side of Darkness. In the album version, the song was preceded by a mock interview with Jones' basketball coach named "Umgwana Kickbooti," in a parody of a Wide World of Sports interview conducted by a character named "Red Blazer."

"Jones" is slang for "craving" or "addiction."

While a "Love Jones" is when you love someone so much that you can't think of anyone else, a "Basketball Jones" is when you love basketball so much that you can't think of anything else.

Musicians who appeared on the record included George Harrison, Carole King, Billy Preston, and Tom Scott. The Blossoms and Michelle Phillips (from The Mamas & the Papas) performed vocals as cheerleaders on the track.

The song was released as a single in September 1973 and reached #15 on the Hot 100, becoming the only spoof to peak higher than the corresponding original. It was backed with "Don't Bug Me", also from Los Cochinos. To coincide with the graffiti artwork from the album's cover, both sides of the single feature the Ode label covered with graffiti.  The song was covered by Barry White and Chris Rock in the 1996 film Space Jam.

I never heard of this song before the lists came in.  I can't say I care for it.  The musical backing sounds disorganized and discordant, and that falsetto is really grating.  I never really like Cheech and Chong all that much either.
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Post by: Thrifty Version II on November 30, 2013, 06:11:35 AM
#13 Mahna Mahna by Piero Umillani
31 points on 2 of 6 lists.  Top Vote: #6 by Pak-Man

http://www.youtube.com/v/wM89T74MPnE?version=3&amp;hl=en_US

"Mah Nà Mah Nà" is a popular song written by Piero Umiliani. It originally appeared in the Italian film Sweden: Heaven and Hell (Svezia, Inferno E Paradiso). It was a minor radio hit in the U.S. and in Britain, but became better known in English-speaking countries from its use in a recurring blackout sketch for the 1969-70 season of The Red Skelton Show, the 14th episode of Sesame Street, the first episode of The Muppet Show, and also from its consistent use as the primary silent comedy sketch scene music for The Benny Hill Show.

Aside from its notoriety from The Benny Hill Show, "Mahna Mahna" became familiar to many from its renditions by the Muppets on television. In 1969, the first season of Sesame Street featured a sketch featuring two Muppet girls voiced by Frank Oz and Loretta Long who are unsure of what to do, until they decide to sing a song, enter an unusual-looking short, shaggy-haired male Muppet character who begins singing "Mahna Mahna", prompting the girls to join him. None of the characters had names at the time, but the male Muppet who led the "Mahna Mahna" call-and-response was eventually given the name Bip Bippadotta, so as to differentiate him from the official Mahna Mahna character that would be developed later on. The Muppet character called Mahna Mahna was originally performed by Muppets creator Jim Henson, and is now currently performed by Muppeteer veteran Bill Barretta.

On 30 November 1969, "Mahna Mahna" was performed on the The Ed Sullivan Show by three new and more fully detailed Muppet characters. The male Muppet character was now purple with wild, orange hair and a furry, green tunic, while the female Muppet characters were two identical pink alien creatures with horns and cone-like mouths (with yellow lips) that always remained open. At this point the male Muppet was given the name Mahna Mahna and the female alien creatures were referred to as The Snowths (as a portmanteau of "snout" and "mouth" since their mouth also served as their noses), both performed by Muppeteer veteran Frank Oz. The song "Mahna Mahna" was played at a slower tempo and given a more playful, quintessential "children's"-style arrangement as opposed to the previous arrangement which was slightly reminiscent of the early 1960s Calypso.

In 1976, on the first episode of The Muppet Show to be recorded (featuring Juliet Prowse), the 1969 "Mahna Mahna" routine from The Ed Sullivan Show was reworked and used as the first sketch with the same characters and a new recording of the last musical arrangement. The Muppet Show became an immediate hit and "Mahna Mahna" was the highlight of that episode. During the sketch, Mahna Mahna managed to dance his way backstage and out of the Muppet Theater, phoning the Snowths after exiting. At the end of the episode, he managed to enter Waldorf and Statler's box.

As a result, the original Piero Umiliani recording finally became a hit in the UK (#8 in the UK charts in May 1977), where the Muppet Show soundtrack album featuring the Muppets' version went to number one. It was at that point that the name "Mahna Mahna and The Snouths" was given the incorrect credit of "Mahna Mahna and The Snowths," which has served as the definitive spelling ever since then.

Meanwhile, later on in that same episode, a snippet of the song "Lullaby of Birdland" is 'hummed' during one of the improvisational passages, as part of a running gag involving "Mahna Mahna".

The song is performed in the 2011 Muppets film, where various celebrities sing with the Snowths in the end credits.

Title: Re: List Of Crap #76: Top 50 Novelty Songs Countdown
Post by: Thrifty Version II on November 30, 2013, 06:16:31 AM
#12 My Ding-a-Ling by Chuck Berry
31 points on 2 of 6 lists.  Top Vote: #6 by Thrifty

http://www.youtube.com/v/pmug-0iSmgY?version=3&amp;hl=en_US

"My Ding-a-Ling" is the title of a novelty song written and recorded by Dave Bartholomew. In 1972 it was covered by Chuck Berry and became Berry's only U.S. number-one single on the pop charts. Later that year, in a longer unedited form, it was included on the album The London Chuck Berry Sessions. Two members of the Average White Band, guitarist Onnie McIntyre and drummer Robbie McIntosh, played on the single.

The song tells of how the singer received a toy consisting of "silver bells hanging on a string" from his grandmother, who calls them his "ding-a-ling." According to the song, he plays with it in school, and holds on to it in dangerous situations like falling after climbing the garden wall, and swimming across a creek infested with snapping turtles. The lyrics consistently exercise the double entendre with "ding-a-ling" standing in for the penis. During the live version, Berry calls on the audience to join in the chorus, and in the final verse, he admonishes "those of you who will not sing" that they "must be playing with your own ding-a-ling."

I first heard this song on an early episode of The Simpsons when I was a kid.  A random child sings part of it during a talent show and is swiftly shuffled off stage by a furious Principal Skinner who yells "THIS PROFANITY IS OVER".  Subsequently, my little brother spent the next week singing this constantly, which provoked my father into roughly the same reaction until he stopped.

I think it's really weird that with as much success as Chuck Berry had doing straight music, this novelty song was his only #1 hit.
Title: Re: List Of Crap #76: Top 50 Novelty Songs Countdown
Post by: Thrifty Version II on November 30, 2013, 06:20:04 AM
Okay I screwed up with this song and put it at the #50 spot.  I'm not sure how that happened.   So pardon any deja vu you may get.  I'll go back and edit the first post to put in the real #50.

#11 The Purple People Eater by Sheb Wooley
33 points on 2 of 6 lists.  Top Vote: #9 by Pak-Man

http://www.youtube.com/v/DL1ZH0Ke92A?hl=en_US&amp;version=3

Purple People Eater is a 1958 song by actor Sheb Wooley.  It reached #1 on the Billboard pop charts that year.  The song tells the story of how a strange creature comes to Earth with ambitions of joining a rock and roll band.  The song implies that the creature isn't actually purple, but rather that it eats purple people.  The premise, according to Wooley, is based upon a joke he heard from a friend's son.

Personal thoughts:  It's a catchy enough song.  I think the first time I ever heard of it was from a movie of the same name I watched in the third grade.  I don't remember much about the movie, and I think I fell asleep during it, but I've been meaning to look it up again.
Title: Re: List Of Crap #76: Top 50 Novelty Songs Countdown
Post by: Thrifty Version II on November 30, 2013, 06:28:37 AM
We'll get into the top 10 tomorrow!
Title: Re: List Of Crap #76: Top 50 Novelty Songs Countdown
Post by: Thrifty Version II on December 01, 2013, 06:44:58 AM
#10 Shaving Cream by Benny Bell
34 points on 3 of 6 lists.  Top Vote: #5 by George Harrison

http://www.youtube.com/v/5rpq6u8hYgk?hl=en_US&amp;version=3

Shaving Cream is a 1946 song by Benny Bell, originally song by Paul Wynn.  Each verse ends with a mind rhyme of the word "shit".  The expected rhyme is replace with a segue into the refrain of "shaving cream.  Be nice and clean, shave every day and you'll always look clean."  The song was originally released in 1946 under Bell's own record label, Cocktail Party Songs.  It received wide airplay on Dr. Demento's show in the 1970s, leading Vanguard Records to rerelease the song in 1975, where it became a hit that climbed to the #30 position on the Billboard charts.

I first heard this song on the radio on the bus to school back in 4th grade.  I didn't know who sung it or where I could listen to it again.  It was 1991, so there was no Internet to search and listen to it again.  It wasn't until 2007, when I received a copy of a Doctor Demento CD as a Christmas gift that I was able to hear it again, as often as I wanted.  It's a great song.  I love mind rhymes.
Title: Re: List Of Crap #76: Top 50 Novelty Songs Countdown
Post by: Thrifty Version II on December 01, 2013, 06:51:01 AM
#9 Monster Mash by Bobby "Boris" Picket and the Cryptkickers
35 points on 4 of 6 lists.  Top Vote: #14 by Johnny Unusual

http://www.youtube.com/v/J0R_oDEvYUY?hl=en_US&amp;version=3

"Monster Mash" is a 1962 novelty song and the best-known song by Bobby "Boris" Pickett. It tells the story of a Frankenstein like mad scientist, who, while working in his lab one night, sees his monster suddenly spring to life, start dancing, and invite other monsters for a party.  The song was released as a single on Gary S. Paxton's Garpax Records label in August 1962 along with a full-length LP called The Original Monster Mash, which contained several other monster-themed tunes. The "Monster Mash" single reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on October 20 of that year, just in time for Halloween. It has been a perennial holiday favorite ever since.

It's a catchy song, and arguably one of the most popular novelty songs out there.  You hear it a lot around Halloween, appropriately.  Driving around just this past Halloween, I heard it on the local classic rock station.  Seems a lot of people enjoyed the song, since it made a lot of lists, but nobody was super fond of it, since it never got very high.  Whenever I hear this song, I think of the recurring joke on a Valentine's Day episode of The Simpsons in which one of the KBBL DJs mistakenly plays the song twice in the middle of February.
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Post by: Thrifty Version II on December 01, 2013, 06:54:53 AM
#8 Hardware Store by Weird Al Yankovic
37 points on 2 of 6 lists.  Top Vote: #7 by Thrifty

http://www.youtube.com/v/_TNK9Yy3G6g?hl=en_US&amp;version=3

"Hardware Store" is a song released on Weird Al Yankovic's 2002 "Poodle Hat" album.  It is an original composition by Yankovic.  In the song, the singer excitedly tells the tale of a new hardware store opening up in town.  It has a very fast tempo, particularly in the middle part where he sings about various items that the store sells, in a speed I can't believe is possible without electronic assistance.  Sounds of saws, hammers, screws, drills, and other assorted carpentry tools are employed as background noise throughout.
Title: Re: List Of Crap #76: Top 50 Novelty Songs Countdown
Post by: Thrifty Version II on December 01, 2013, 06:59:30 AM
#7 The Elements by Tom Lehrer
41 points on 2 of 6 lists.  Top Vote: #3 by Johnny Unusual

http://www.youtube.com/v/zGM-wSKFBpo?hl=en_US&amp;version=3

The Elements is a 1959 song by satirist/singer/mathematician Tom Lehrer in which he sings the names of all the elements in the periodic table (102 at the time, though there are, I believe 118 at present), to the tune of the Major-General's Song from The Pirates of Penzance by Gilbert and Sullivan.It was on his albums Tom Lehrer in Concert, More of Tom Lehrer and An Evening Wasted with Tom Lehrer.  Elements are arranged to fit the meter of the song, and bear little resemblance to their ordering on the actual periodic table.

I like this song.  Catchy, fun, and educational.
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Post by: Thrifty Version II on December 01, 2013, 07:04:36 AM
#6 Witch Doctor by Dave Seville
46 points on 3 of 6 lists.  Top Vote: #4 by Pak-Man

http://www.youtube.com/v/cmjrTcYMqBM?hl=en_US&amp;version=3

"Witch Doctor" is a song performed by Ross Bagdasarian, Sr., and released in 1958 by Liberty Records under the name David Seville, a character whom Bagdasarian portrayed.

The song tells the story of a man in love with a woman who initially does not return his affections. Longing for her companionship, the man goes to see a witch doctor for advice. The wise witch doctor replies, "Oo ee oo ah ah ting tang walla walla bing bang" (a phrase which is repeated three times as the chorus of the song). At the middle of the song, the man tells the woman he loves about his asking the witch doctor for advice. The voice of the "witch doctor" was in fact Bagdasarian's own voice sped up to double speed, a technique later exploited by Bagdasarian to create Alvin and the Chipmunks (and which he had also used on at least one other pre-Chipmunk song, "The Bird on My Head"). Because of this, it is often referred to (even in later compilations) as the first song by the Chipmunks; this is not precisely true. For one, only one sped-up "chipmunk-style" voice is featured rather than three such voices singing in harmony. Furthermore, Bagdasarian (as Seville) insisted that it was not technically a Chipmunks song in an episode of The Alvin Show when he exclaims "I made that record once!" and Alvin responds "But not with us!" The first true song by the "group" was "The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)."

First time I ever heard this song was on this awful commercial (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xU6LIvsYNHA) for the Doctor Mario video game in the early 90s.  I've hated it ever since.
Title: Re: List Of Crap #76: Top 50 Novelty Songs Countdown
Post by: Thrifty Version II on December 01, 2013, 07:08:02 AM
#5 King Tut by Steve Martin and the Toot Uncommons
48 points on 4 of 6 lists.  Top Vote: #1 by Johnny Unusual

http://www.youtube.com/v/dPP7hRY9vYQ?version=3&amp;hl=en_US
"King Tut" is a novelty song performed by Steve Martin and the Toot Uncommons. It was released as a single in 1978, sold over a million copies, and reached number 17 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.  Martin previewed the song in a live performance during the April 22, 1978 episode of Saturday Night Live. The song was also included on Martin's album A Wild and Crazy Guy.

"King Tut" paid homage to Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun and presents a caricature of the sensational Treasures of Tutankhamun traveling exhibit that toured seven United States cities from 1976 to 1979. The exhibit attracted approximately eight million visitors. In the Saturday Night Live performance of "King Tut," loyal subjects appease a joyful King Tut with kitchen appliances. An instrumental solo is delivered by saxophone player Lou Marini, who steps out of a sarcophagus to great laughter.

In the book Saturday Night: A Backstage History of Saturday Night Live, authors Doug Hill and Jeff Weingrad write that the sketch was one of the most expensive productions the show had attempted up to that point. Steve Martin had brought the song to the show and asked if he could perform it, not expecting the production that occurred—producer Lorne Michaels put everything behind it.

Heard this song once on a Steve Martin comedy album.  Thought it was kinda weird.  I didn't hate it though.
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Post by: Thrifty Version II on December 01, 2013, 07:14:20 AM
#4 Eat It by Weird Al Yankovic
51 points on 3 of 6 lists.  Top Vote: TIED at #2 by Pak-Man and Johnny Unusual

http://www.youtube.com/v/ZcJjMnHoIBI?version=3&amp;hl=en_US

"Eat It" is a song on Weird Al Yankovic's 2nd album "Weird Al Yankovic in 3-D".  It was also released as a single in 1984.  The song is a parody of the popular Michael Jackson song "Beat It".  The single reached number 1 in Australia, and it was his highest-charting U.S. single on the Billboard Hot 100 at number 12 until "White & Nerdy" peaked at number 9 in October 2006. "Eat It" earned Yankovic a 1984 Grammy Award in the Best Comedy Recording category.  "Eat It" also outranked "Beat It" in overall highest position on the Australian Aria Charts, with its highest rank being number 1, while "Beat It" had a highest ranking of 3rd. On October 19, 1989, the RIAA certified "Eat It" as a gold single.

I think this was the first Weird Al song I ever heard, and maybe the first comedy/novelty song I ever heard.  Back then, hearing such a thing was a rare and special occurrence, since I was just a kid and didn't have his records and MP3s were yet to come.  I loved it then, still love it today, though I think his later work is better.
Title: Re: List Of Crap #76: Top 50 Novelty Songs Countdown
Post by: Thrifty Version II on December 01, 2013, 07:14:52 AM
Top 3 coming later today!
Title: Re: List Of Crap #76: Top 50 Novelty Songs Countdown
Post by: MightyJack on December 01, 2013, 08:07:47 AM
Basketball Jones is epic and has such fond memories associated with it (my Uncle Craig singing it while we were in the backyard shooting hoops). It played in theaters before showings of the Jack Nicholson film, "The Last Detail". I'm glad to see it made the list.
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Post by: BiteMe316 on December 01, 2013, 08:42:37 AM
#16 Barbie Girl by Aqua
28 points on 2 of 6 lists.  Top Vote: #5 by Pak-Man

http://www.youtube.com/v/ZyhrYis509A?version=3&amp;hl=en_US"

"Barbie Girl" is a song by the Danish-Norwegian dance-pop group Aqua. It was released in May 1997 as their third single overall, and the first United Kingdom release. The song is included on the album Aquarium and was written by Claus Norreen and Søren Nystrøm Rasted after the group saw an exhibit on kitsch culture.

The song topped the charts worldwide, particularly in European countries such as the UK, where it was a number-one hit for three weeks. It was also on top of the charts in Australia for the same length of time, and debuted and peaked at No. 7 on the US Billboard Hot 100 on 6 September 1997 and it remains Aqua's biggest hit single in the US to date, and their only one to reach the Top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100. It is Aqua's most popular work.

The lyrics of the song are about Barbie and Ken, the dolls made by Mattel. Both the song and its music video feature Lene Nystrøm as Barbie and René Dif as Ken. As such, the lyrics drew the ire of Barbie's corporate owners, and a lawsuit was filed by Mattel.

A footnote on the back of the Aquarium CD case precisely stated that "The song 'Barbie Girl' is a social comment and was not created or approved by the makers of the doll."

I guess some people like this song.  I feel like I'm getting my skin flayed off trying to listen to it.

Wow.  I thought I was the only one who hated that song.   :o  I remember when that came out and it make my eardrums burst and bleed.
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Post by: Tripe on December 01, 2013, 11:01:58 AM
#10 Shaving Cream by Benny Bell
34 points on 3 of 6 lists.  Top Vote: #5 by George Harrison

http://www.youtube.com/v/5rpq6u8hYgk?hl=en_US&amp;version=3

Shaving Cream is a 1946 song by Benny Bell, originally song by Paul Wynn.  Each verse ends with a mind rhyme of the word "shit".  The expected rhyme is replace with a segue into the refrain of "shaving cream.  Be nice and clean, shave every day and you'll always look clean."  The song was originally released in 1946 under Bell's own record label, Cocktail Party Songs.  It received wide airplay on Dr. Demento's show in the 1970s, leading Vanguard Records to rerelease the song in 1975, where it became a hit that climbed to the #30 position on the Billboard charts.

I first heard this song on the radio on the bus to school back in 4th grade.  I didn't know who sung it or where I could listen to it again.  It was 1991, so there was no Internet to search and listen to it again.  It wasn't until 2007, when I received a copy of a Doctor Demento CD as a Christmas gift that I was able to hear it again, as often as I wanted.  It's a great song.  I love mind rhymes.
This was a hugely popular song (with Camp specific adaptef verses) at both of the Summer Camps I helped run. :)
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Post by: Thrifty Version II on December 01, 2013, 11:14:10 AM
#3 They're Coming to Take Me Away Ha-Haaa! by Napoleon XIV
56 points on 3 of 6 lists.  Top Vote: #1 by George Harrison

http://www.youtube.com/v/BXOwNOf2QXY?hl=en_US&amp;version=3

"They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!" is a 1966 novelty record by Jerry Samuels, recorded under the name Napoleon XIV. Released on Warner Bros. Records, the song became an instant success in the United States, peaking at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 popular music singles chart on 13 August and reaching #4 on the UK Singles Chart.  At the time the song was written, Jerry Samuels was a recording engineer at Associated Recording Studios in New York. Using a device called a variable-frequency oscillator (VFO), he was able to alter the pitch of a recording without changing the tempo - for example, making voices higher or lower. From this came the idea for a song based on the rhythm of the old Scottish tune "The Campbells Are Coming". 

The lyrics describe the effect on the mental health of an individual after a break-up. The main character is seemingly addressing an ex-girlfriend, and describes his descent into madness after she has left him. He believes he is being pursued by "men in white coats" (i.e., psychiatric attendants) who are coming to transport him to the mental hospital and welcomes them as an end to his misery. At the end of the song however, it appears that instead of talking about an ex-girlfriend, it is really about his dog ("Well you just wait, they'll find you yet, and when they do, they'll put you in the ASPCA you mangy mutt").

The recording is set primarily to a rhythm tapped on a snare drum and tambourine. The performer speaks rhythmically rather than singing the lyric, and the sparse, multi-tracked looped percussion track features a siren sounding in and out of the "chorus". According to Samuels, the vocal glissando was achieved by Samuels manipulating tape recording speeds, a variation on the technique used by Ross Bagdasarian in creating the original Chipmunks novelty songs.
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Post by: Thrifty Version II on December 01, 2013, 11:20:58 AM
#2 Fish Heads by Barnes and Barnes
70 points on 4 of 6 lists.  Top Vote: #1 by Cole Stratton

http://www.youtube.com/v/cTpUVAcvWfU?hl=en_US&amp;version=3

"Fish Heads" is a novelty song by comedy rock duo Barnes and Barnes, featured on their 1980 album Voobaha. It has often been played on the Dr. Demento show, and is the second-most honored song in Demento show history.

The song is about fish heads and all the things they can (or, more often, cannot) do, such as playing baseball, wearing sweaters, dancing, playing drums, or being seen drinking cappuccino in Italian restaurants with Oriental women. It is accompanied by a high-pitched chorus, achieved by speeding up the tape, which repeats the original's chorus.  The song was among the most requested and aired on Kids America, a children's radio program aired over American Public Radio in the 1980s. The song's extreme popularity on the program nearly caused it to become a signature song of the series as it regularly came in as the #1 song requested out of several each day.

Actor Bill Paxton directed and appeared in the music video for the song, which aired on NBC television on Saturday Night Live, on December 6, 1980.

I remember hearing parts of this song when I was a very young kid.  I heard it right after hearing "Eat It" for the first time on some MTV special.  Like my experiences with "Shaving Cream" I did not hear it again until adulthood, when in 2005 I downloaded a copy misattributed to They Might Be Giants.  Didn't find out the identity of the true artists until a few years later.  My dad was always a big fan of the song, calling my brother Ish "Roly-Poly Ish-head".  He doesn't do that any more though.
Title: Re: List Of Crap #76: Top 50 Novelty Songs Countdown
Post by: Thrifty Version II on December 01, 2013, 11:34:14 AM
#1 Pac Man Fever by Buckner and Garcia
71 points on 4 of 6 lists.  Top Vote: #1 by Pak-Man (appropriately enough)

http://www.youtube.com/v/-_f68Ho-0dQ?hl=en_US&amp;version=3

"Pac-Man Fever" is a hit single by Buckner & Garcia. It is also the eponymous first track of the concept album of the same name.  Each track on the album is about a different arcade game and uses sound effects from that game. Capitalizing on the video game craze of the early 1980s, the song, about the classic video game Pac-Man, peaked at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US in March 1982. That same month, it was certified Gold by the RIAA for over 1,000,000 units shipped to retailers; the single sold 1.2 million copies by the end of 1982, and 2.5 million copies in total as of 2008. VH1 ranked it at #98 on their list of 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the 80s. 

I was surprised to see this at #1.  I never thought of it as a novelty song.  I like the song and have it on my MP3 player, but never thought of it that way.
Title: Re: List Of Crap #76: Top 50 Novelty Songs Countdown
Post by: MightyJack on December 01, 2013, 01:14:05 PM
That was a surprise, I expected Pac to place in the top 50, but  "They're Coming to Take Me Away" is the king of the novelty songs to my mind. Thought that was a lock for #1.

Interesting list and thanks for hosting Thrifty.
Title: Re: List Of Crap #76: Top 50 Novelty Songs Countdown
Post by: CJones on December 01, 2013, 01:25:38 PM
Wow. I was a huge arcade gamer back in the day, and I don't remember "Pac-Man Fever" at all. Not at all. Then again, I did totally suck at that game. And I've never been a fan of pop music.

I had a list half done, but ran out of time. What I had at #1 was this:

http://www.youtube.com/v/mghhLqu31cQ
Title: Re: List Of Crap #76: Top 50 Novelty Songs Countdown
Post by: goflyblind on December 01, 2013, 01:44:09 PM
i should've submitted a list. some obvious misses:

http://www.youtube.com/v/8nvzEqsZIGo http://www.youtube.com/v/UrgpZ0fUixs

http://www.youtube.com/v/aHpDPuh8A2Q http://www.youtube.com/v/e1IxOS4VzKM
Title: Re: List Of Crap #76: Top 50 Novelty Songs Countdown
Post by: Johnny Unusual on December 01, 2013, 06:11:57 PM
#24 If I Had $1000000 by Barenaked Ladies
24 points on 1 of 6 lists.  Top Vote: #2 by Compound

I like early Barenaked Ladies. It's not like they ever really had edge, but I prefer the tinge of sadness in their otherwise fun-lovin' veneer that has been pushed further in the background as they got more successful (pinch me has it, but it is in favour of a song that I'm not that fond of).  Of course, this isn't one of those songs, but it is fun.

#21 Little Red Riding Hood by Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs
24 points on 1 of 6 lists.  Top Vote: #2 by George Harrison
This is a good song to be a sexual predator too.

#20 Star Trekkin' by The Firm
24 points on 2 of 6 lists.  Top Vote: #8 by Cole Stratton


This... this one hurts.

#19 Dare to be Stupid by Weird Al Yankovic
25 points on 1 of 6 lists.  Top Vote: #1 by Compound


As a Devo fan, I love this song.  There are little nods to some of Devo's other works, (there's one really noticeable one to "Deep Sleep".  And it isn't surprising that Mothersbaugh is impressed, since the song itself is the essence of Devo's message, by "devolving" songs that sing about devolution that uses catchphrases and slogans and makes it almost nothing BUT.


#17 Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah by Allan Sherman
27 points on 2 of 6 lists.  Top Vote: #6 by George Harrison

http://www.youtube.com/v/9jjiWS__Mp0?hl=en_US&amp;version=3

I wouldn't say that this is great, but I have fond memories of it.  A friend first played it for me on an 8-track that tried to sell it as somehow Looney Tunes related.

#13 Mahna Mahna by Piero Umillani
31 points on 2 of 6 lists.  Top Vote: #6 by Pak-Man


Obviously, most people think of the Muppets version, but no matter which version you hear, it is an ear worm.

#9 Monster Mash by Bobby "Boris" Picket and the Cryptkickers
35 points on 4 of 6 lists.  Top Vote: #14 by Johnny Unusual


A true classic.  Of course, not many people are familiar with the original version.

http://www.youtube.com/v/r6XFX7vP8i8

#8 Hardware Store by Weird Al Yankovic
37 points on 2 of 6 lists.  Top Vote: #7 by Thrifty


This might be one of my favourite Al songs.

#7 The Elements by Tom Lehrer
41 points on 2 of 6 lists.  Top Vote: #3 by Johnny Unusual


Don't have much to say beyond it being really good.

#5 King Tut by Steve Martin and the Toot Uncommons
48 points on 4 of 6 lists.  Top Vote: #1 by Johnny Unusual


He's my favourite honky.

#4 Eat It by Weird Al Yankovic
51 points on 3 of 6 lists.  Top Vote: TIED at #2 by Pak-Man and Johnny Unusual


Another classic.

#3 They're Coming to Take Me Away Ha-Haaa! by Napoleon XIV
56 points on 3 of 6 lists.  Top Vote: #1 by George Harrison


I like this one not because I think it is funny, but there is something genuinely unsettling to it.

#2 Fish Heads by Barnes and Barnes
70 points on 4 of 6 lists.  Top Vote: #1 by Cole Stratton



OOOOH.  I knew I forgot something.

#1 Pac Man Fever by Buckner and Garcia
71 points on 4 of 6 lists.  Top Vote: #1 by Pak-Man (appropriately enough)


What would happen if the Pinball Wizard got Pac-Man Fever?
Title: Re: List Of Crap #76: Top 50 Novelty Songs Countdown
Post by: Thrifty Version II on December 01, 2013, 06:59:31 PM
i should've submitted a list. some obvious misses:

God.. that Dennis Leary song.  I hated that man and his entire schtick and that song was like a shit cherry on top of a shit Sundae.  Now I hate you for reminding me of its existence. 

Remember when Dennis Leary played himself in Demolition Man?
Title: Re: List Of Crap #76: Top 50 Novelty Songs Countdown
Post by: Johnny Unusual on December 01, 2013, 08:24:25 PM
Are we going to see a thread asking for the next LoC suggestions soon?  I don't mind hosting again, but some competition would be nice.

EDIT:
My list

1.   “King Tut” - Steve Martin
2.   “Eat It” – “Weird” Al Yankovic
3.   “The Elements” – Tom Lehrer
4.   “A Boy Named Sue” – Johnny Cash
5.   “Rock Lobster” – B52s
6.   “Detachable Penis” – King Missile
7.   “Kung Fu Fighting” – Carl Douglas
8.   “Gangnam Style” – PSY
9.   “Yakety Yak” – the Coasters
10.   “They’re Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haa!” – Napolean XIV

11.   “Boris the Spider” – the Who
Spoiler (click to show/hide)
12.   “Pac-Man Fever” – Bruckner and Garcia
13.   “The Riddler” – Frank Gorshin (This is awesome)
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14.   “Monster Mash” - Bobby “Boris” Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers
15.   “Mah Na Mah Na” –  Piero Umiliani

16.   “The Merry Marvel Marching Society” – The Merry Marvel Marching Society (I wish this was my school's fight song)
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17.   “United States of Whatever” – Liam Lynch  (This is actually one of my least favourite Liam Lynch songs.  Check out his "Fake Songs" which are hilarious pastiches of The Pixies, David Bowie and Depeche Mode)
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18.   “Der Fuhrer’s Face” – Spike Jones
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19.   “Hello Muddah, Hello Fuddah” – Allen Sherman
20.   “Kinky Boots” –  Patrick Macnee and Honor Blackman
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21.   “The Cover of Rolling Stone” – Dr. Hook
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22.   “Snoopy Vs. The Red Baron” – The Royal Guardsman
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23.   “Little Pig, Little Pig” (AKA 3 Little Pigs) – Green Jello (AKA Green Jelly)
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24.   “Surfin’ Bird” – The Trashmen
25.   “Coconut” – Harry Nilsson
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Title: Re: List Of Crap #76: Top 50 Novelty Songs Countdown
Post by: goflyblind on December 02, 2013, 05:11:13 AM
Now I hate you for reminding me of its existence.

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Title: Re: List Of Crap #76: Top 50 Novelty Songs Countdown
Post by: ColeStratton on December 03, 2013, 06:56:40 PM
Can't believe I forgot Leary's Asshole and Bruce's Dave's I Know! I know all of them by heart! Also, Bruce is one of my fave people in the world. Here he is hugging me at Outside Lands back in August!

(http://i44.tinypic.com/x5nxc2.jpg)

Here's my list!

1.   Fish Heads – Barnes & Barnes
2.   The Superbowl Shuffle – ’85 Chicago Bears
3.   The Grunge Song – Radio Free Vestibule
4.   Party From Outer Space – Albert Brooks
5.   Trapped in the Drive Thru – “Weird Al” Yankovic

6.   Dead Puppies – Ogden Edsel
7.   The Homecoming Queen’s Got a Gun – Julie Brown
8.   Star Trekkin’ – The Firm
9.   Nature Trail to Hell in 3D – “Weird Al” Yankovic

10.   Handjob, Blandjob, I Don’t Understand Job – Garfunkel & Oates
11.   King Tut – Steve Martin
12.   Randy Newman’s “Theme from Lord of the Rings: Return of the King” – Paul and Storm
13.   The Twelve Days of Christmas – Bob and Doug McKenzie
14.   Eskimo – Corky & The Juice Pigs
15.   Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen) – Baz Luhrmann
16.   Wet Dream – Kip Adotta
17.   Poisoning Pigeons in the Park – Tom Lehrer
18.   Monster Mash – Bobby “Boris” Pickett
19.   Basketball Jones – Cheech and Chong

20.   Pencil Neck Geek – Fred Blassie
21.   Witch Doctor – David Seville
22.   Disco Duck – Rick Dees
23.   Ti Kwan Leap/Boot To the Head – The Frantics
24.   Axel F – Crazy Frog
25.   The Chanukah Song – Adam Sandler
Title: Re: List Of Crap #76: Top 50 Novelty Songs Countdown
Post by: Quantum Vagina on December 03, 2013, 09:27:45 PM
Bruce is probably my favorite Kid, just because of how damned weird he is. Never expect anything I get from his sketches.
Title: Re: List Of Crap #76: Top 50 Novelty Songs Countdown
Post by: MightyJack on December 03, 2013, 10:11:58 PM
I don't think of Novelty songs as having to be humorous, they can be, but they can also just be weird, unique in some way. Here's my list. The last few I can't really say are favorites (I don't like Ray Stevens for example) but was trying to fill out my list. Looking over some other lists makes me wish I'd have thought of select tunes instead (Like Cole's pick from Bob and Doug)...


1. They're Coming To Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa - Napoleon XIV
2. Little Red Riding Hood, Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs
3. Basketball Jones featuring Tyrone Shoelaces - Cheech & Chong
4. Fish Heads - Barnes & Barnes
5. Shaving Cream - Benny Bell
6. Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah - Allen Sherman
7. Witch Doctor - David Seville
8. Charlie Brown - The Coasters

9. Cause I'm A Blonde - Julie Brown
10. The Purple People Eater - Sheb Wooley
11. Alley Oop - The Hollywood Argyles
12. Lumberjack Song - Monty Python
13. Transfusion - Nervous Norvus
14. Tip Toe Thru' The Tulips With Me - Tiny Tim - surprised this didn't make it, simply because it's an iconic tune
15. My Ding-a-Ling - Chuck Berry
16. Pac-Man Fever - Buckner & Garcia
17. My Girl Bill - Jim Stafford
18. The Jolly Green Giant - The Kingsmen - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSlUq2dCOEA (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSlUq2dCOEA) (Christ, why can't I post youtube vids like everyone else?)
19. Barbie Girl - Aqua
20. Mr. Jaws - Dickie Goodman
21. Snoopy vs. The Red Barron - The Royal Guardsmen
22. King Tut - Steve Martin
23. Eat It - "Weird Al" Yankovic

24. The Streak - Ray Stevens
25. The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late) - The Chipmunks
Title: Re: List Of Crap #76: Top 50 Novelty Songs Countdown
Post by: Johnny Unusual on December 03, 2013, 10:34:49 PM
Here's a tip for posting youtube vids!

Step 1: put down the address.  List this
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSlUq2dCOEA

Step 2: click the red flash button under the bold button and beside the picture button
[flash=200,200]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSlUq2dCOEA[flash]

(I took out the slash before the second word flash so it would try to turn it into a video

Step 3:  Change you address from this [flash=200,200]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSlUq2dCOEA[flash]

To this

[flash=200,200]http://www.youtube.com/v/oSlUq2dCOEA[flash]

If you want to change the size of the video, then change the numbers after "flash="
notice how I deleted the part that said watch? and the slash before the address code (as in, oSlUq2dCOEA)

Like so

[flash=500,360]http://www.youtube.com/v/oSlUq2dCOEA [flash]

Title: Re: List Of Crap #76: Top 50 Novelty Songs Countdown
Post by: Johnny Unusual on December 03, 2013, 10:35:30 PM
Then, your video should look like this.

http://www.youtube.com/v/oSlUq2dCOEA
Title: Re: List Of Crap #76: Top 50 Novelty Songs Countdown
Post by: Pak-Man on December 03, 2013, 10:43:55 PM
My List:

1. Pac-Man Fever (Buckner & Garcia)
2. Eat It (Weird Al Yankovic)
3. Still Alive (Jonathan Coulton)
4. Witch Doctor (Ross Bagdasarian, Sr.)
5. Barbie Girl (Aqua)
6. Ma Na Ma Na (The Muppets)
7. Surfin' Bird (The Trashmen)
8. Hardware Store (Weird Al Yankovic)
9. The Purple People Eater (Sheb Wooley)
10. Trogdor (Strong Bad)
11. They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa! (Napoleon XIV)
12. Fish Heads (Barnes and Barnes)
13. The Chipmunk Song/Christmas Don't Be Late (Alvin & The Chipmunks)
14. Blue (Eiffel 64)
15. Monster Mash (Bobby "Boris" Pickett)
16. Virus Alert (Weird Al Yankovic)
17. Macarena (Los del Río)
18. Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini (Brian Hyland)
19. Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavour (On the Bedpost Overnight?) (Lonnie Donegan)
20. Disco Duck (Rick Dees)
21. Do the Bartman (Bart Simpson)
22. King Tut (Steve Martin)
23. I'm the Baby (Gotta Love Me) (Baby Dinosaur)
24. I've Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts (Fred Heatherton)
25. Friday (Rebecca Black)
Title: Re: List Of Crap #76: Top 50 Novelty Songs Countdown
Post by: MightyJack on December 04, 2013, 02:53:56 AM
Thank you Johnny, it was frustrating the hell out of me.
Title: Re: List Of Crap #76: Top 50 Novelty Songs Countdown
Post by: Johnny Unusual on December 04, 2013, 02:57:09 AM
Glad I could help.