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Subject: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 70's

Written By: eightiesfan on 07/27/04 at 10:57 am

I would pick The Streak, followed by Disco Duck.

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 70's

Written By: RockandRollFan on 07/27/04 at 11:31 am

I chose Jim Stafford :)

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 70's

Written By: Tanya1976 on 07/27/04 at 11:34 am

Convoy. Disco Duck is too annoying!

Tanya :rose:

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 70's

Written By: bj26 on 07/27/04 at 12:02 pm

Kung Fu Christmas, anyone knows anything about this song (I heard it, I know I'm not nuts :D), please advise.

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 70's

Written By: CatwomanofV on 07/27/04 at 12:20 pm

I do like Spiders and Snakes but I choose Other: Mascocism Tango-Tom Lehrer.  ;D ;D




Cat

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 70's

Written By: Lanie on 07/27/04 at 2:26 pm

"Disco Duck"...it's the only one I have heard.

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 70's

Written By: ktelqueen on 07/27/04 at 2:49 pm

"Spiders And Snakes"

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 70's

Written By: eightiesfan on 07/27/04 at 2:51 pm

I just thought of another good one: "Dead Skunk (In the Middle of the Road)" - I think it's by Louden Wainwright III.

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 70's

Written By: CatwomanofV on 07/27/04 at 6:16 pm


I just thought of another good one: "Dead Skunk (In the Middle of the Road)" - I think it's by Louden Wainwright III.


Yup, you're right. That was Louden Wainwright III (who was on M*A*S*H* BTW as Capt. Spaulding-which is also the name of a novety song by Groucho Marx)



Cat

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 70's

Written By: Koop on 07/27/04 at 9:00 pm

I picked "other" Mr. Jaws by (I think) Dickie Goodman.  I still have the 45 around somewhere.  :)

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 70's

Written By: mandamoo on 07/28/04 at 5:45 am

Other - 'Rack Off Normie'  ;D

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 70's

Written By: jaytee on 07/28/04 at 8:33 am


Other - 'Rack Off Normie'  ;D


OMG - hadn't remembered that one in years  ;D

I went for Dead Skunk

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 70's

Written By: CeramicsFanatic on 07/28/04 at 11:51 am

"Disco Duck" (Rick Dees), followed by "Convoy" (C.W. McCall).  :)

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 70's

Written By: bj26 on 07/28/04 at 2:15 pm


I would pick The Streak, followed by Disco Duck.


lol, the streak :o

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 70's

Written By: Bobby on 07/28/04 at 5:02 pm

I listened to Convoy today. Apart from the annoying chorus, I got into it - rubber duck!  :)

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 70's

Written By: Paul on 07/28/04 at 5:54 pm


I listened to Convoy today. Apart from the annoying chorus, I got into it - rubber duck!  :)


A honourable mention to the British reply - 'Convoy GB' - which was annoying all over, not just the chorus...!

DLT's got a lot to answer for...!!

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 70's

Written By: karen on 07/29/04 at 4:28 am

I think there are too many novelty songs from the 70's to only have this handful to choose from.  I voted 'other' and would probably opt for The Goodies singing Make a Daft Noise for CHristmas, followed very closely by Ernie, the Fastest Milkman in the West by Benny Hill

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 70's

Written By: Bobby on 07/29/04 at 4:37 am


I think there are too many novelty songs from the 70's to only have this handful to choose from.  I voted 'other' and would probably opt for The Goodies singing Make a Daft Noise for CHristmas, followed very closely by Ernie, the Fastest Milkman in the West by Benny Hill


Ha ha! Ernie! What a song. The innuendo seems so naive these days . . .  ;D

http://www.scbd.connectfree.co.uk/flops/ernie.html

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 70's

Written By: jaytee on 07/30/04 at 12:44 am


I think there are too many novelty songs from the 70's to only have this handful to choose from.  I voted 'other' and would probably opt for The Goodies singing Make a Daft Noise for CHristmas, followed very closely by Ernie, the Fastest Milkman in the West by Benny Hill


I forgot about Ernie - an absolute classic.  ;D 

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 70's

Written By: eightiesfan on 07/30/04 at 7:30 am

Here's another one I forgot to put on the list: "Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer"

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 70's

Written By: FussBudgetVanPelt on 07/30/04 at 7:53 am

I went for "Spiders & Snakes"

I think it's very clever.


And honestly, I never thought of Convoy as a comedy song !  At least, I 'thought' they were trying to be serious with it  :-[

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 70's

Written By: Paul on 07/30/04 at 4:36 pm


I went for "Spiders & Snakes"

I think it's very clever.


'Tis that...but 'My Girl Bill' is even cleverer IMHO - at least it compels you to listen to the whole song before you realise what the hell it's about...!!

And honestly, I never thought of Convoy as a comedy song !   At least, I 'thought' they were trying to be serious with it  :-[


Probably not comedy, but (almost) certainly on the novelty-ish side...

Okay, 'fess up time people...who actually saw the 'Convoy' film...?!*



*No, I didn't either...!

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 70's

Written By: CeramicsFanatic on 07/30/04 at 4:40 pm


Okay, 'fess up time people...who actually saw the 'Convoy' film...?!*



*No, I didn't either...!


I saw the film when it came out (I think I was about 10 at the time).  To be honest, I thought it was quite entertaining.  If memory serves, I believe Kris Kristofferson and Ali McGraw were in it.  That's back when CB's were all the craze!  :D 

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 70's

Written By: gemini61 on 07/30/04 at 6:51 pm

Hey, what about "Rubber Ducky"  ;D

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 70's

Written By: FussBudgetVanPelt on 07/31/04 at 8:19 am




I saw the film when it came out (I think I was about 10 at the time).  To be honest, I thought it was quite entertaining.  If memory serves, I believe Kris Kristofferson and Ali McGraw were in it.  That's back when CB's were all the craze!  :D 


Ah !  I remember !  It extolled the virtues of riding high up in a truck and being able to 'look down' into cars..... :o :P :)

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 70's

Written By: CeramicsFanatic on 07/31/04 at 1:42 pm




Ah !  I remember !  It extolled the virtues of riding high up in a truck and being able to 'look down' into cars..... :o :P :)


LOL!  ;D

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 70's

Written By: RockandRollFan on 07/31/04 at 9:05 pm




Ah !  I remember !  It extolled the virtues of riding high up in a truck and being able to 'look down' into cars..... :o :P :)
:-[ ;) ;D

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 70's

Written By: pennsylvania65000 on 08/02/04 at 12:38 am

The streak..  Boogadare boogadre

You guys should thank your lucky stars you never heard the British song

"Wombles of Wimbledon common"

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 70's

Written By: karen on 08/02/04 at 4:37 am


The streak..  Boogadare boogadre

You guys should thank your lucky stars you never heard the British song

"Wombles of Wimbledon common"




That isn't the worst Womble song imo.  I reckon Super Womble is the worst

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 70's

Written By: Bobby on 08/03/04 at 6:00 am

'Remember you're a womble' and 'Wombling free' were great Mike Batt songs (my dad, the connoisseur of novelty records, had quite a collection!  ;D). What's worse is my grandad collected the Father Abraham and the Smurf's records of the 70s (Magic Flute Smurf, Smurf song etc).

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 70's

Written By: bj26 on 08/03/04 at 7:08 am




A honourable mention to the British reply - 'Convoy GB' - which was annoying all over, not just the chorus...!

DLT's got a lot to answer for...!!


I would definately like to hear what this sounded like!  I can't imagine how the creators of the English language could speak in CB jargon ???

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 70's

Written By: Paul on 08/03/04 at 7:36 am



I would definately like to hear what this sounded like!  I can't imagine how the creators of the English language could speak in CB jargon ???


You may well have a search on your hands, bj26...as far as I know, it's never been re-issued in any form - which probably proves how bad it was...!!

Best try on the 'naughty' file-shares...someone may have a copy on there - it's by Laurie Lingo & The Dipsticks, if that's any help...

And there's quite a bit of 'Brit-speak' in it, so you may be left scratching your head...!!

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 70's

Written By: MaxwellSmart on 08/03/04 at 12:22 pm

Who did "It's Alright to F**k All Night" b/w "It's Alright To Truck All Night" (Clean version)?
Oh, that's right, looked it up, it was Barbara Markay

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 70's

Written By: Indy Gent on 08/06/04 at 4:38 pm

I pick a Jim Stafford song, but it's "16 Little Red Noses and a Horse that Sweats", off his debut album.

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 70's

Written By: jemarway on 05/23/06 at 8:10 pm

                I WOULD SAY MY FAVORITE NOVELTY SONG OF THE 70,S WOULD BE HOT ROD LINCOLN BY COMMANDER CODY.

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 70's

Written By: jemarway on 05/23/06 at 8:14 pm

                I WOULD SAY MY FAVORITE NOVELTY SONG OF THE 70,S WOULD BE HOT ROD LINCOLN BY COMMANDER CODY.

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 70's

Written By: Bobby on 05/24/06 at 8:14 am

Some honourable mentions go to . . .

'Funky Moped' - Jasper Carrott
'Grandad' - Clive Dunn
'Rabbit' - Chas 'n' Dave

And Devon's answer  . . .

'Combine Harvester'  - Wurzels

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 70's

Written By: karen on 05/24/06 at 8:27 am


Some honourable mentions go to . . .

And Devon's answer  . . .

'Combine Harvester'  - Wurzels


I prefer 'I am a Cider Drinker'

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 70's

Written By: Bobby on 05/24/06 at 8:35 am


I prefer 'I am a Cider Drinker'


Eugh!

That gives me the shivers.  ;D

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 70's

Written By: CatwomanofV on 05/24/06 at 2:33 pm

I just remember a few others: Junk Food Junkie (I can't remember who sings it and I'm too lazy to look it up) and My Ding-a-Ling by Chuck Berry.




Cat

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 70's

Written By: nally on 04/14/07 at 8:10 pm

Of those listed, I only know "Disco Duck", so it'll get a temporary vote from me.

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 70's

Written By: EthanM on 04/14/07 at 8:19 pm

Junk food junkie was by larry groce and was actually a big hit before i was born

My Bologna was originally recorded in the 1970s

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 70's

Written By: nally on 04/14/07 at 8:27 pm


My Bologna was originally recorded in the 1970s

It was? I know that it is a parody of a 1979 song...but I had no idea that Weird Al made his parody shortly thereafter.

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 70's

Written By: freeridemt on 04/14/07 at 9:16 pm


Bertha Butt Boogie-Jimmy Castor Bunch.. ;D

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 70's

Written By: whistledog on 04/14/07 at 10:16 pm

Not sure if this oen technically qualifies, but how about 'Popcorn' by Hot Butter?

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 70's

Written By: Banks on 04/15/07 at 2:25 am

I have a few...So I chose 'other'.

Santa Never Made It To Darwin by the guys who sang Put Another Log On The Fire by Bill and Boyd

The Newcastle Song and Rack Off Normie by Bob Hudson (I actually live in Newcastle, and although the Parthenon Milk Bar is long gone I do remember the days of its existence and wven now its gone the main thing for older teens and 20 somethings to do is to cruise the circuit around town).

Convoy

Dueling Banjos (not a song really, but still a novelty track)

The numerous Prince Charles and Princess Diana songs which came out around 1980 (technically not 70's, but still, close enough), especially 'Charlie's Getting Married At Last' and 'Lady Di Di Di Said Stick It In Your Eye'

Toast by Streetband

Telephone Man by Meri Wilson

L.A International Airport by Susan Raye

Duncan by Slim Dusty

They Wont Let My Girlfriend Talk To Me by Jimmy and the Boys

Shaddup You Face by Joe Dolce

Up There Cazaly by The Two Man Band

Snoopy Vs The Red Barron

ALL of the Chipmunk Punk album.

The Butterfly Ball by Ronnie James Dio (there was another version released I think around 1979 and the video was animated and VERY colourful)



I actually liked The Wombles of Wimbledon TV show and song.









AN

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 70's

Written By: Foo Bar on 04/15/07 at 3:48 pm


Toast by Streetband


I thought I was the only one who remembered CFNY 102.1.  How could any mention of the Streetband be complete without a mention of  "Working on the Radio" (1979), which was notable for two things:

1) The airing of the word "tits" on broadcast FM radio, unbleeped.
2) Being the direct inspiration for Rush's "Spirit of Radio".

(I always get the order wrong on those things, don't I?)

Both Streetband's "Toast" and the 102.1 Band's "Working on the Radio" (and thousands (!) of hours of air checks) are available for download in MP3 format at  The Spirit of Radio.  Hot damn!

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 70's

Written By: AmericanGirl on 04/15/07 at 8:12 pm

There were plenty of good novelty hits in the 70's!

I pick Other.  Among my favorites are Sister Mary Elephant (Cheech and Chong), Dead Skunk (Loudon Wainwright III), and Convention 72 (Delegates, ala Dickie Goodman)

I'll give a slight nod to Sister Mary Elephant.  :)

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 70's

Written By: Badfinger-fan on 04/16/07 at 12:55 am

I'm not sure if all of these are novelty songs, but a couple of songs I remember most vividly from the 70's are:

D.O.A. - Bloodrock
Timothy - The Buoys
Ray Stevens - Bridget The Midget (The Queen Of The Blues)

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 70's

Written By: Philip Eno on 04/16/07 at 1:09 am


I have a few...So I chose 'other'.

Santa Never Made It To Darwin by the guys who sang Put Another Log On The Fire by Bill and Boyd

The Newcastle Song and Rack Off Normie by Bob Hudson (I actually live in Newcastle, and although the Parthenon Milk Bar is long gone I do remember the days of its existence and wven now its gone the main thing for older teens and 20 somethings to do is to cruise the circuit around town).

Convoy

Dueling Banjos (not a song really, but still a novelty track)

The numerous Prince Charles and Princess Diana songs which came out around 1980 (technically not 70's, but still, close enough), especially 'Charlie's Getting Married At Last' and 'Lady Di Di Di Said Stick It In Your Eye'

Toast by Streetband

Telephone Man by Meri Wilson

L.A International Airport by Susan Raye

Duncan by Slim Dusty

They Wont Let My Girlfriend Talk To Me by Jimmy and the Boys

Shaddup You Face by Joe Dolce

Up There Cazaly by The Two Man Band

Snoopy Vs The Red Barron

ALL of the Chipmunk Punk album.

The Butterfly Ball by Ronnie James Dio (there was another version released I think around 1979 and the video was animated and VERY colourful)



I actually liked The Wombles of Wimbledon TV show and song.



AN
Dueling Banjos in not a novelty record, it is an instrumental from the film Deliverance.

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 70's

Written By: whistledog on 04/16/07 at 1:17 am

What about 'Up Your Nose' by Gabe Kaplan?

Yes folks, t'was an actual hit.  Not a big one though

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 70's

Written By: nally on 04/16/07 at 12:05 pm


Dueling Banjos in not a novelty record, it is an instrumental from the film Deliverance.

So...instrumental records don't qualify as "novelties"? ???

I never know how a "novelty" song is defined.

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 70's

Written By: Philip Eno on 04/16/07 at 2:19 pm


So...instrumental records don't qualify as "novelties"? ???

I never know how a "novelty" song is defined.
Does this shed any light on the subject?

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 70's

Written By: Nostalgic on 04/17/07 at 4:25 am

There was also "My Ding-a-Ling" by Chuck Berry.

"Snoopy vs. the Red Barron" was a hit in the 60s.

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 70's

Written By: Paul on 04/17/07 at 7:07 am


"Snoopy vs. the Red Barron" was a hit in the 60s.


It was, but there was a fairly successful version in 1973 for The Hotshots...

I knew this version long before the Royal guardsmen's original...

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 70's

Written By: Ashkicksass on 04/17/07 at 9:36 am

Convoy baby!  When I was little I thought it was a very scandalous song - during the chorus I thought they were saying F@%$#! Convoy instead of Truckin' Convoy.  ;D

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 70's

Written By: nally on 04/17/07 at 2:46 pm


Does this shed any light on the subject?

Yes! It gives a detailed description of the term.

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 70's

Written By: freeridemt on 04/17/07 at 10:00 pm

Another one hit wonder.

Daddy Dewdrop- Chick-A-Boom (Don't Ya Jes' Love It)
Oh also it was orignally done for Sabrina and the Groovie Goolies...


http://www.bsnpubs.com/mgm/sunflower.html

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 70's

Written By: Mushroom on 04/21/07 at 5:08 pm


Convoy baby!  When I was little I thought it was a very scandalous song - during the chorus I thought they were saying F@%$#! Convoy instead of Truckin' Convoy.   ;D


Actually, C.W. McCoy wrote quite a few "Novilty Songs".  And in many ways, they were among the funniest of the decade.

Wolf Creek Pass:  An 18 wheeler hauling chickens looses it's brakes.

Black Bear Road: Husband and wife take a mountain trip in a rented jeep

Crispy Critters:  A bunch of hippies take over a town

Classified:  The perils of buying a used truck

On his last album he wrote a song called "Comming Back For More".  It was a song about Alfred Packer, (in)famous frontier cannibal.


Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 70's

Written By: Capt Quirk on 04/23/07 at 2:07 pm

That reminds me of the song about 10,000 lbs of mashed bananas. I want to say it was Jim Croce or Harry Chapin, but not sure.

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 70's

Written By: Kiwi on 08/13/10 at 11:44 pm


That reminds me of the song about 10,000 lbs of mashed bananas. I want to say it was Jim Croce or Harry Chapin, but not sure.


The song is "30,000 pounds of bananas". By Harry Chapin.

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 70's

Written By: Frank on 08/14/10 at 7:51 pm

I voted for disco duck, but my fave is not on the llist

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 70's

Written By: MaxwellSmart on 08/15/10 at 2:31 am

Same here.  "Disco Duck" got a lot of people in the industry p*ssed, and that's always good entertainment!

I would have voted Cheech & Chong's "Alice Bowie/Earache My Eye."  A more high-brow person might choose Steve Martin's "King Tut."  For completely non-PC, I choose Larry Verne's "Mr Custer."
8)

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 70's

Written By: Philip Eno on 08/22/10 at 8:56 am

The Streak is my vote!

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 70's

Written By: smittykins on 08/22/10 at 9:03 am


The Streak is my vote!


Mine too!  Especially since Ethel was my grandmother's(RIP)name.  To this day, Mom and I still say "Don't look, Ethel!" to each other quite frequently.

Disco Duck and Dead Skunk are up there too.

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 70's

Written By: MaxwellSmart on 08/24/10 at 9:10 pm

The Fools: Psycho Chicken

Technically, this is 1980.  Talking Heads' "Psycho Killer" came out in 1978.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnBlst3T7bY

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 70's

Written By: Foo Bar on 08/24/10 at 9:43 pm


The Fools: Psycho Chicken


(Awesome video!)

But now I'm wondering.

That's the "clucked" version, where all three words are replaced with a sample of a rooster crowing, and there's also the "bleeped" version where the first two words are audible: ("What the f(monotone bleep)").

I recall a version that was somewhere between the two: "What the (a different chicken sample)".  Now you've got me wondering what ever happened to that, or if there was ever an uncensored version?  How many "remixes" of Psycho Chicken were there, and did any but the first two ever make it to the outside world?

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 70's

Written By: MaxwellSmart on 08/25/10 at 1:04 am


(Awesome video!)

But now I'm wondering.

That's the "clucked" version, where all three words are replaced with a sample of a rooster crowing, and there's also the "bleeped" version where the first two words are audible: ("What the f(monotone bleep)").

I recall a version that was somewhere between the two: "What the (a different chicken sample)".  Now you've got me wondering what ever happened to that, or if there was ever an uncensored version?  How many "remixes" of Psycho Chicken were there, and did any but the first two ever make it to the outside world?


I think that one was from Australian TV.

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 70's

Written By: MrCleveland on 08/26/10 at 1:13 pm

The Streak by Ray Stevens!

Ray Stevens is one of my favorite Novelty Singers, he also made some serious music too....

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Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 70's

Written By: MaxwellSmart on 08/26/10 at 10:03 pm

Why this is still seventies:

"History of the World, Part I" was the end of Mel Brooks' run of success in the seventies starting with "Young Frankenstein."

The disco style of this song is very seventies and going out of style.  Yeah, Mel Raps, but this ain't hip-hop, it's disco. 
Mel probably heard some of the stuff on the 8-track built into Dudley Moore's hot tub!
8-P

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

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