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Subject: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 80's

Written By: eightiesfan on 07/27/04 at 11:18 am

I would definitely go with Valley Girl on this one - I thought Moon Unit Zappa sounded sooo cool on that record.


Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 80's

Written By: RockandRollFan on 07/27/04 at 11:45 am

Like, Oh My GOD!

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 80's

Written By: Tanya1976 on 07/27/04 at 11:50 am

PacMan Fever followed by Valley Girl (which was surely different b/c I was raised on the EAst coast with the mallrats and big high hair).

Tanya

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 80's

Written By: rubixgirl on 07/27/04 at 12:04 pm

Pac Man followed closely w/ Valley Girl...fer sure!  ;D

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 80's

Written By: eightiesfan on 07/27/04 at 12:18 pm

I probably should have included an option for any song by Weird Al - he is the king of novelty records, to be sure.

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 80's

Written By: Lanie on 07/27/04 at 2:23 pm

"Valley Girl"

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 80's

Written By: Absolutely Vile on 07/28/04 at 9:26 am

Of the choices on the list: "Valley Girl," just because I can impersonate Moon Unit so well. :)

Not on the list: "Wot!" by Captain Sensible, and...er..."The Chicken Song" (I think that's what it's called) by Spitting Image. (You know, the one that goes, "Hold a chicken in the air, stick a deckchair up your nose...") :)

"SHADDUP YOUR FACE" IS AN EVIL SONG!!!!!!!! >:(

Absolutely Vile

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 80's

Written By: CeramicsFanatic on 07/28/04 at 11:53 am

"Valley Girl"  :D

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 80's

Written By: ktelqueen on 07/29/04 at 12:52 am

Totally!
"Valley Girl"

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 80's

Written By: CatwomanofV on 07/29/04 at 7:18 pm

Like, I was gonna pick Valley Girl, you know, because it is just totally tubular, fer sure. But, like, you know,  I really, really, couldn't do that because, like, you know, Weird Al is just totally awesome fer sure, like, you know.  ;)

It really is a toss up between I lost on Jeopardy and One More Minute.

But, (confession time) I do like the Super Bowl Shuffle too.  :-[



Cat

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 80's

Written By: MaxwellSmart on 07/30/04 at 12:39 am


Of the choices on the list: "Valley Girl," just because I can impersonate Moon Unit so well. :)

Not on the list: "Wot!" by Captain Sensible, and...er..."The Chicken Song" (I think that's what it's called) by Spitting Image. (You know, the one that goes, "Hold a chicken in the air, stick a deckchair up your nose...") :)

"SHADDUP YOUR FACE" IS AN EVIL SONG!!!!!!!! >:(

Absolutely Vile

I still like "Shaddap You Face," probably because it is just so evil!

From the list I went with "Valley Girl," because I'm a big Frank Zappa fan.

Not on the list:
Douglas Adams/Stephen Moore/John Sinclaire: Marvin the Paranoid Android/Marvin I Love You
Crazy Joe & The Variable Speed Band: Eugene
The Beat Farmers: The California Kid
The Burning Sensations: Pablo Picasso (J. Richman)
Tom Waits: The Piano Has Been Drinking

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 80's

Written By: blackdog on 07/30/04 at 1:48 am

What about "Oh Mickie"  by Tony Basil?   Was that a novelty song?  I don't have a clue.... but still like it.

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 80's

Written By: Tanya1976 on 07/30/04 at 2:34 am


What about "Oh Mickie"  by Tony Basil?   Was that a novelty song?  I don't have a clue.... but still like it.


It wasn't a novelty song. It was a one-hit wonder, though.  A novelty song usually follows a trend or craze going in society. For example, Pac Man Fever came out when Pac Man was the most popular video game.

Tanya

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 80's

Written By: Carrie on 07/30/04 at 2:56 am

Valley Girl. But Weird Al would have been a good choice as well.

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 80's

Written By: mandamoo on 07/30/04 at 4:26 am

Weren't they all ? :o

Just kidding  :D ;)

I went with other - 'Shoop Shoop Diddy Wop Cumma Cumma Wang Dang' by Monte Video and the Cassettes

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 80's

Written By: Bobby on 07/30/04 at 5:59 am

I prefer some of these  . . .  :D

'Woodpeckers from Space' - Videokids
'Star Trekkin'' - The Firm
'The Chicken Song' - Spitting Image
'Nelly the Elephant' - Toy Dolls
'We Just' - Moses
'Agadoo/Conga' - Black Lace (anyone remember 'Gang Bang', lol  ;D)
'The Wizard' - Paul Harcastle (became the 'Top of the Pops' tune of the mid/late 80s)
'Japanese Girl' - Aneka
'Tarzan Boy' - Baltimora
'Geil' - Bruce and Bongo
'Love Missile f1-11' - Sigue Sigue Sputnik
'Atomic Dog' - George Clinton
'Stutter Rap' - Morris Minor and The Majors
'Holiday Rap' - MC Miker G and DJ Sven
'Loadsamoney' - Harry Enfield
'Edelweiss' - Edelweiss
'It's raining men' - Weather girls
'Doctorin' the tardis' - Timelords

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 80's

Written By: Paul on 07/30/04 at 6:45 am


I went with other - 'Shoop Shoop Diddy Wop Cumma Cumma Wang Dang' by Monte Video and the Cassettes


Sounds like a nice tender love song, manda...!!

Sadly, or probably not so sadly, I do remember and/or have most of the songs listed by Bobby...'Tarzan Boy' being a very guilty pleasure of mine...

And I also remember a two-word review of the Morris Minor record (a send-up of The Beastie Boys' first incarnation...), where some music hack wrote...'Stutter Rap? Utter crap...! ('I'd put 'Holiday Rap' in the same bucket myself...!)

'Nuff waffling...I'll go for 'other'...

'The Oldest Swinger In Town' - Fred Wedlock

When you're feeling as stiff as a skinhead's boot
Rub on Vick where you used to splash Brut
And the latest punk fashion is your wedding suit
You're the oldest swinger in town...

Shameful...!!

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 80's

Written By: Bobby on 07/30/04 at 5:08 pm

Sadly, or probably not so sadly, I do remember and/or have most of the songs listed by Bobby...'Tarzan Boy' being a very guilty pleasure of mine...

And I also remember a two-word review of the Morris Minor record (a send-up of The Beastie Boys' first incarnation...), where some music hack wrote...'Stutter Rap? Utter crap...! ('I'd put 'Holiday Rap' in the same bucket myself...!)


I actually liked the song because I thought it was pretty clever . . .

'It's worse than Benny Hill and that's bad enough . . .'

Holiday Rap doesn't get the same treatment however, just a load of guys rapping to a Madonna sample.

'The Oldest Swinger In Town' - Fred Wedlock

When you're feeling as stiff as a skinhead's boot
Rub on Vick where you used to splash Brut
And the latest punk fashion is your wedding suit
You're the oldest swinger in town...

Shameful...!!


Ho ho! Great song with clever lyrics. 'And it takes you all night to do what you used to do all night you're the oldest swinger in town'.  ;D

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 80's

Written By: MaxwellSmart on 08/03/04 at 12:33 pm

Oh, don't forget the J. Geils Band: No Anchovies Please



J. Geils Band
No Anchovies Please

This is the story of a young couple in Portland, Maine.
While waiting for her husband Don to return home from work, she reaches for
a can of anchovies. As she spreads the tiny fish across a piece of lettuce,
she notices a small note at the bottom of the can. Written on it is a
telephone number. Curious, she dials, and is told, "Don't move, lady, we'll
be right over." Placing the phone back on the hook, she turns to see three
smartly dressed men standing in her kitchen doorway. Before she realizes
what is happening to her, she is rolled tightly in long sheets of cellophane,
transported to an international airport, and placed on a waiting jet-liner.
All this being too much for her to comprehend, she passes out.
Upon awakening, she finds herself in a strange, foreign speaking nation
("Dalas nekcihc dna tihs nekcihc neewteb ecnereffid eht wonk ot suineg a
ekat t'nseod ti."). Alone, fearing her escape impossible, she seeks comfort
in the arms of a confidential agent. With the trace of her kiss still warm
upon his lips, he betrays her to the hands of three scientists who are
engaged in diabolical, avant-garde experiments previously performed only on
insects and other small, meaningless creatures. Using her as their subject,
they are delighted with the results. For the first time, a human being is
transformed into a ("shhh... it's secret").
Meanwhile, back in Portland, Maine...
Her husband Don, now chain-smoking 40 packs of cigarettes a day, sits at a
local bar and has a few beers with the regulars. Bored, everyone's
attention turns to the television set that just hangs from the wall.
("Welcome to Bowling for Dollars"). Suddenly, crazy Al says, "S-say, Don,
there sure is something familiar about that bowling ball." To which a
terrified Don replies, "Oh my God! That bowling ball! It's my wife!"
And the lesson we learn from this story is, next time you place your order,
don't forget to say, "No anchovies please."


:o :o :o
 

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 80's

Written By: jaytee on 08/03/04 at 6:41 pm



'Star Trekkin'' - The Firm



My choice ^.  The kids' music teacher actually taught them this song and they love singing it! ;D

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 80's

Written By: DJ Midas on 08/03/04 at 6:54 pm

I went with other - "Frig-O-Rator" by Roq-N-Zoo.

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 80's

Written By: Niko101 on 09/08/04 at 1:05 pm

For me, it's a tie between
the Beat Farmers "Happy Boy"
Billy Crystal (as Fernando) "You Look Marvelous"

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 80's

Written By: Indy Gent on 09/10/04 at 1:46 pm

Probably "Weather Girl" by Cousins of Venus (a local band) when they played it live on Bob and Tom. I didn't care for the original.

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 80's

Written By: joedeertae on 09/10/04 at 2:04 pm

I went with Valley Girl although, if I would have thought about Weird Al would have prolly went with him ( well, not WENT WITH  :-[ him but more like went with him, know whatta mean? ;))

J.Dirt 8)

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 80's

Written By: whistledog on 11/12/05 at 2:56 pm

other:

Breaking Up is Hard on You by the American Comedy Network.  A simply wonderful song :)

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 80's

Written By: 80smuzikhead on 11/12/05 at 3:57 pm

I went with "Shuddupa Your Face"
Some others worth a mention:
Star Trekin -The Firm
Stutter Rap -Morris Minor & The Majors
Five In A Row -Dgeneration

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 80's

Written By: zcrito on 11/12/05 at 4:16 pm

I don't think anyone's mentioned my pick...

"Fish Heads" by Barnes & Barnes.

:)

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 80's

Written By: whistledog on 11/23/05 at 5:04 pm

here's a few more enjoyable ones:

Ewok Celebration - Meco
Who Shot JR - Gary Burbank with Band McNally
What Can You Get A Wookie For Christmas (When He Already Owns A Comb) - Star Wars Intergalactic Droid Choir and Chorale

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 80's

Written By: hitretrousa on 11/23/05 at 5:39 pm

Anyone remember "Take Off" by Bob and Doug McKenzie (A.K.A., Dave Thomas and Rick Moranis)? They're novelty song was with Getty Lee of Rush during 1981. That would be MY all time favorite.

Steve M
http://www.hitretrousa.com

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 80's

Written By: whistledog on 11/23/05 at 5:40 pm


Anyone remember "Take Off" by Bob and Doug McKenzie (A.K.A., Dave Thomas and Rick Moranis)? They're novelty song was with Getty Lee of Rush during 1981. That would be MY all time favorite.

Steve M
http://www.hitretrousa.com



Of course.  It was a great song :)

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 80's

Written By: Tony20fan4ever on 11/26/05 at 9:16 pm

"Eat It"..Weird Al Yankovic

And Bob and Doug McKenzie's christmas thing which was a parody of "The 12 Days of Christmas"
"The first day of Christmas my true love gave to me...a beer...in a tree!"

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 80's

Written By: 80sTrivMeister on 11/27/05 at 7:46 am

I voted "Other"... I'd have to chose "Oh, Ricky", Weird Al's parody of Toni Basil's "Mickey"!  :D

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 80's

Written By: Drachen on 11/27/05 at 8:06 am

"I lost on Jeopardy", "Like a Surgeon" and "My Bologna"  ;D

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 80's

Written By: Davester on 11/27/05 at 12:23 pm

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 80's

Written By: Tony20fan4ever on 11/27/05 at 6:01 pm

I admit to having BOTH 'Pac-Man Fever' AND 'The Wrestling Album' on cassette!

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 80's

Written By: Davester on 11/27/05 at 9:10 pm


I admit to having BOTH 'Pac-Man Fever' AND 'The Wrestling Album' on cassette!


  S'okay...your secret's safe with me...

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 80's

Written By: GREEN67 on 11/28/05 at 5:21 am

8) I liked Valley Girl...Cracked me up!!

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 80's

Written By: whistledog on 11/28/05 at 12:51 pm

here's another good one:

Eat My Shorts by Rick Dees (1984)

http://www.houg.com/store/comedy45/Rick_Dees-Eat_My_Shorts-front.JPG

Eat My Shorts was the B-Side, but became the popular track on the single, and thus became the A-side and reached #75 on Billboard

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 80's

Written By: Philip Eno on 12/04/05 at 2:40 pm

Other:

The Birdie Song ~ Tweets

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 80's

Written By: snozberries on 12/09/05 at 2:09 pm

My Girl likes to Party all the time by Eddie Murphy

What's that you say?

That was a real song?
SHUT UP!!! NO WAY!!!!
;D

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 80's

Written By: nycmystery on 12/09/05 at 8:20 pm

how about"Its good to be the king" by mel brooks...

i still love Holiday rap til this day,,,

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 80's

Written By: Tony20fan4ever on 12/10/05 at 12:27 am

My Bologna..Weird Al Yankovic(parody of 'My Sharona')

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 80's

Written By: Tony20fan4ever on 12/10/05 at 12:33 am

Three Little Pigs..Green Jelly
This is a story about three little piggies..and a BIG, BAD, WOLF!

That song was so cool! And the video was pretty dam funny...

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 80's

Written By: TheRemf on 12/10/05 at 10:02 am

At first I couldn't believe this wasn't one of the poll choices.  Then I couldn't believe no one has mentioned it on the thread.  My vote will go to fellow native Kansan who also attended, but didn't graduate from, Case Western Reserve University:

Joe Walsh - Space Age Whiz Kids

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 80's

Written By: Tony20fan4ever on 12/10/05 at 8:23 pm

Does anyone remember a parody of "My Sharona" called 'Ayatollah Song' (about Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini) and who the artist is?

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 80's

Written By: Tony20fan4ever on 12/10/05 at 8:27 pm

The New York Giants had their Super Bowl song that went like "We are the New York Giants, get it straight we're great!"

And for the Philadelphia Eagles...'Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now'(The Eagles got the groove!)..McFadden and Whitheead

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 80's

Written By: Tony20fan4ever on 12/11/05 at 1:12 pm

I don't think it's really a novelty song, but Todd Rundgren's "Bang the Drum All Day"...'I don't wanna work, I just wanna bang on the drum all day'..

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 80's

Written By: Stompgal on 12/12/05 at 6:44 am

Chicken Song by Spitting Image.

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 80's

Written By: Philip Eno on 12/12/05 at 6:49 am


Chicken Song by Spitting Image.
An excellent favourite song!

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 80's

Written By: Chasey on 12/12/05 at 11:06 am

'Rat Rapping' by Roland Rat...

'Fingers in the fir let's find that flea,
chase it on down right to the knee,
run it around, until you catch it,
locate the itch, and then you scratch it'

:D ;D

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 80's

Written By: Philip Eno on 12/12/05 at 1:27 pm


'Rat Rapping' by Roland Rat...

'Fingers in the fir let's find that flea,
chase it on down right to the knee,
run it around, until you catch it,
locate the itch, and then you scratch it'

:D ;D


Roland RAt also did a cathy Love Me Tender too!

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 80's

Written By: Chasey on 12/12/05 at 4:36 pm


Roland RAt also did a cathy Love Me Tender too!


Indeed he did...and it hit the lofty heights of number #32 in the UK charts during May 1984!

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 80's

Written By: whistledog on 09/03/07 at 10:38 am

Here's a select list of novelty songs that charted in Canada, though I'm not sure if some of these could be considered novelty? ...

1980
I Wish I Was Eighteen Again - George Burns
Nyet, Nyet Soviet (Soviet Jewellery) - B.B. Gabor

1981
The Friends of Mr. Cairo - Jon and Vangelis
Shaddap You Face - Joe Dolce
Take Off - Bob and Doug McKenzie

1982
Johnny, Are You Queer? - Josie Cotton
Pac-Man Fever - Bucker and Garcia
Valley Girl - Frank and Moon Zappa
I'm Gonna Hire A Wino to Decorate Our Home - David Frizzell
Stick it Where the Sun Don't Shine - Nick Lowe
Japanese Boy - Aneka

1983
OK Blue Jays - The Bat Boys

1984
Eat It - 'Weird Al' Yankovic
The Curly Shuffle - The Knuckleheads
The Curly Shuffle - Jump 'N the Saddle
Boys Just Want to Have Sex - Exude

1985
You Look Mahvelous - Billy Crystal
Like A Surgeon - 'Weird Al' Yankovic
Didn't You Kill My Brother? - Alexei Sayle

1986
Land of 1,000 Dances - The (WWF) Wrestlers
The Chicken Song - Spitting Image

1987
Boom Boom (Let's Go Back to My Room) - Paul Lekakis
Holiday Rap - MC Miker 'G' and Deejay Sven
Vanna, Pick Me A Letter - Dr. Dave
Surfin' Bird - Pee Wee Herman
American Singer - Bundock

1988
Hands Up (Give Me Your Heart) - Sway
Stutter Rap (No Sleep 'Til Bedtime) - Morris Minor and the Majors
Fat - 'Weird Al' Yankovic
I Wanna Be A Flintstone - Screaming Blue Messiahs

1989
It Doesn't Matter - Coleman Wilde

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 80's

Written By: xSiouXBoIx on 09/03/07 at 10:40 am

valley girl. i love that song. not that i've ever heard the other ones anyway.... :-\\

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 80's

Written By: Philip Eno on 09/03/07 at 10:58 am


Here's a select list of novelty songs that charted in Canada, though I'm not sure if some of these could be considered novelty? ...

1980
I Wish I Was Eighteen Again - George Burns

Is that the same George Burns the film actor?

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 80's

Written By: whistledog on 09/03/07 at 11:57 am


Is that the same George Burns the film actor?


Yessir :)

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 80's

Written By: ladybug316 on 09/03/07 at 1:03 pm

I always liked "The Curly Shuffle" which had all these one-liners by the 3 Stooges.

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 80's

Written By: Philip Eno on 09/03/07 at 1:07 pm


Yessir :)
How old was he then when he was in the charts?

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 80's

Written By: whistledog on 09/03/07 at 2:02 pm


How old was he then when he was in the charts?


84 years old, if my calculations are correct.  He was 100 years old when he died in 1996

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 80's

Written By: Henk on 09/03/07 at 2:19 pm


Three Little Pigs..Green Jelly
This is a story about three little piggies..and a BIG, BAD, WOLF!

That song was so cool! And the video was pretty dam funny...


Not sure...but I think that was a 1990s song. I'd say...1993? ???

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 80's

Written By: Henk on 09/03/07 at 2:31 pm


I prefer some of these  . . .   :D

'Woodpeckers from Space' - Videokids
'Star Trekkin'' - The Firm
'The Chicken Song' - Spitting Image
'Nelly the Elephant' - Toy Dolls
'We Just' - Moses
'Agadoo/Conga' - Black Lace (anyone remember 'Gang Bang', lol  ;D)
'The Wizard' - Paul Harcastle (became the 'Top of the Pops' tune of the mid/late 80s)
'Japanese Girl' - Aneka
'Tarzan Boy' - Baltimora
'Geil' - Bruce and Bongo
'Love Missile f1-11' - Sigue Sigue Sputnik
'Atomic Dog' - George Clinton
'Stutter Rap' - Morris Minor and The Majors
'Holiday Rap' - MC Miker G and DJ Sven
'Loadsamoney' - Harry Enfield
'Edelweiss' - Edelweiss
'It's raining men' - Weather girls
'Doctorin' the tardis' - Timelords




For obvious reasons, I totally missed Bobby's post ('cause back then, I wasn't a member you see).

There I was, thinking all this time I was the only one knowing "We Just"... That's a classic! Not a novelty song, though...it was actually the tune to an Italian pop music program. One of my all time favorite 1980s songs, too. It reached #3 in Dutch Top 40.

And "Geil"...? Yes, that's a novelty song. "On Friday the 13th of December, Bruce and Bongo discovered Germany's most successful word: Geil".   :D

Oh wait...See for yourself...Bruce & Bongo - Geil

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 80's

Written By: coqueta83 on 09/03/07 at 7:45 pm

I like both "Valley Girl" and "Pac Man Fever".

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 80's

Written By: Chasey on 09/22/07 at 4:59 am

Just out of interest, I posted a torrent file to Torrent Spy a few months back:

http://www.torrentspy.com/torrent/1081941/80_s_VA_Worst_80_s_Novelty_Songs_ever

Get it while you still can  ;D

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 80's

Written By: snozberries on 09/28/07 at 6:59 pm

(Everybody Run!)The Homecoming Queen has a Gun  I love this song

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 80's

Written By: johnny5alive on 11/27/07 at 9:49 pm

as a 30 year plus fan of the good dr. demento,  i have heard many many novelty songs, some of the best are,  i yust go nuts at christmas..  yoggie yorgenson
                                              wet dream.... kip adodda
  anything from weird al yankovik,  fish heads...  barnes and barnes,  dead puppies...  odgden edsel,  the ballad of erving...  frank gallop        just to name a few!

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 80's

Written By: K.M. Richards on 12/07/07 at 11:45 pm

Not 1980s, but definitely a Dr. Demento classic (and played on his show a lot in the 80s):

"They're Coming To Take Me Away, Ha-Haa!" by Napoleon XIV

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 80's

Written By: Philip Eno on 12/08/07 at 3:51 am


Not 1980s, but definitely a Dr. Demento classic (and played on his show a lot in the 80s):

"They're Coming To Take Me Away, Ha-Haa!" by Napoleon XIV
I prefer the flip-side to this record more.

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 80's

Written By: snozberries on 12/08/07 at 6:28 pm


I prefer the flip-side to this record more.


what was on the Flip side Phil?

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 80's

Written By: johnny5alive on 12/08/07 at 7:42 pm


what was on the Flip side Phil?
                ......................  i was wondering that myself?

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 80's

Written By: MaxwellSmart on 12/08/07 at 7:44 pm


what was on the Flip side Phil?

That's what they used to call him, "Flipside Phil"!


The Stranglers: Vladimir and the Beast

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 80's

Written By: Philip Eno on 12/09/07 at 4:44 am


what was on the Flip side Phil?
The song on the filp-side is "!aaaH-aH ,yawA eM ekaT oT gnimoC er'yehT", which is  "They're Coming To Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!" played in reverse.

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 80's

Written By: snozberries on 12/09/07 at 9:42 am


The song on the filp-side is "!aaaH-aH ,yawA eM ekaT oT gnimoC er'yehT", which is  "They're Coming To Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!" played in reverse.


;D

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 80's

Written By: Class of 84 on 12/10/07 at 9:30 pm


(Everybody Run!)The Homecoming Queen has a Gun  I love this song


Man, some of these recent threads were packed away in moth balls for a loooong time.  Anyway, I agree, this song got my vote also ;)

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 80's

Written By: Brendan McClelland on 12/12/07 at 9:15 pm

Mexican Radio by Wall of Voodoo

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 80's

Written By: HawkTheSlayer on 12/16/07 at 5:19 am

While I remember and like most of these, there are a few I ought to mention:

Krypton- Responsible for "Hangover" & "Let's Blow Up the Tow Truck".

Kip Adotta- His best song was "I Saw Daddy Kissing Santa Claus".

Marvin, the Paranoid Android- Best song was "Marvin"......you know what makes me really sad? They clean me w/a Brillo pad.

Ivor Biggun- Maybe not '80s, but "Bras On 45".....it's now highly sought out on Karapke!

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 80's

Written By: danootaandme on 12/16/07 at 5:29 am


The song on the filp-side is "!aaaH-aH ,yawA eM ekaT oT gnimoC er'yehT", which is  "They're Coming To Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!" played in reverse.


Jeez, I had forgotten all about that!  We even used to listen to it, if you can imagine that    ;D

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 80's

Written By: Foo Bar on 12/16/07 at 4:56 pm


Ivor Biggun- Maybe not '80s, but "Bras On 45".....it's now highly sought out on Karapke!


I don't have a link to an instrumental version, but Ivor's website has an MP3 of the original.

As for 80s, according to Dr. Demento playlist archives, it was first aired in 1982.  That's as 80s as it gets.

Boobs! Up-side my head!  Boobs upside my head!
- Eat your heart out, Gap Band. 

I wonder how many parodies he wedged in here... Gary Numan's "cars" was obvious, the reference to the Bristol "Stump" (Stomp) was pretty obscure.  I wonder what "I got out my tent pole and chewed her" refers to.

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 80's

Written By: AmericanGirl on 12/17/07 at 12:04 pm

I pick "Superbowl Shuffle" but I'll add I have a MAJOR bias - I've been a lifelong Bears fan, plus had a crush on at least one of the Bears players at that time   ;D

That said, I liked "Valley Girl" then.

I also liked "Aw Shaddap You Face".  In the video, Joe Dolce reminded me of Chico Marx.

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 80's

Written By: HawkTheSlayer on 12/18/07 at 4:04 am


I don't have a link to an instrumental version, but Ivor's website has an MP3 of the original.

As for 80s, according to Dr. Demento playlist archives, it was first aired in 1982.  That's as 80s as it gets.

Boobs! Up-side my head!  Boobs upside my head!
- Eat your heart out, Gap Band. 

I wonder how many parodies he wedged in here... Gary Numan's "cars" was obvious, the reference to the Bristol "Stump" (Stomp) was pretty obscure.  I wonder what "I got out my tent pole and chewed her" refers to.


"Hit me with your rhythm stick! Hit me- hit me, hit me!
Hit me with your rhythm stick. I'm 6 feet tall, and 5 feet thick!"

I rolled on the floor howling with the memories this evoked in me!

"But she left me for a geezer who had much more chance to please her, with his own 'Master Blaster' and a pair of baggy trousers! Oh, what fun they had..."

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 80's

Written By: AmericanGirl on 12/18/07 at 9:22 pm

I don't know if this is considered novelty, but one I thought was pretty funny: You Be Illin' by Run-D.M.C.  ;D

Anybody remember that one?

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 80's

Written By: HawkTheSlayer on 12/19/07 at 12:46 am


I don't know if this is considered novelty, but one I thought was pretty funny: You Be Illin' by Run-D.M.C.   ;D

Anybody remember that one?


Yup-yup!

"He didn't walk straight..kinda side-to-side.
He went up to the clerk and asked, "Uh- yo, is this Kentucky Fried?"
The lady said yes, and smiled. He smiled back-
he gave a quarter and his order: Small fries, BIG MAC!"

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 80's

Written By: Foo Bar on 12/21/07 at 12:36 am


"Hit me with your rhythm stick! Hit me- hit me, hit me!
Hit me with your rhythm stick. I'm 6 feet tall, and 5 feet thick!"

I rolled on the floor howling with the memories this evoked in me!

"But she left me for a geezer who had much more chance to please her, with his own 'Master Blaster' and a pair of baggy trousers! Oh, what fun they had..."


The flickering strobes lit up 'er globes that thrust from 'er pullover,
I think her name was June 'cos she was bustin' out all over!
She said "Can you feel the Force, d'you wanna take one step beyond?
I said "Goodness, gracious, great balls of fire, there's a whole lotta shakin' goin' on!"
She said "Knock on wood, I'll blame it on the boogie, now what d'you think about that?"
I said "Ooh, (?heck?), that must be jelly, 'cos jam don't shake like that!"
Not so much of the night fever, more like a belt with a tire lever,
She was not at all pendulous, in fact she was tremendulous!

8 lines, 9 pop music references.  Impressive even by modern stanards.  I wouldn't be surprised if being belted with a tire lever (or any references to "pendulous") were disco-era references that escaped me.

Rodgers and Hammerstein, June is Bustin' Out All Over,
Real Thing, Can You Feel The Force, (1979, no doubt from 1977's Star Wars)
Madness, One Step Beyond,
Jerry Lee Lewis, Great Balls of Fire and Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' on,
Amii Stewart, disco cover of Eddie Floyd's Knock on Wood,
Jackson 5, Blame it on the Boogie,
Bee Gees, Night Fever.

Subject: Re: Favorite Novelty Songs of the 80's

Written By: HawkTheSlayer on 01/02/08 at 10:39 pm


The flickering strobes lit up 'er globes that thrust from 'er pullover,
I think her name was June 'cos she was bustin' out all over!
She said "Can you feel the Force, d'you wanna take one step beyond?
I said "Goodness, gracious, great balls of fire, there's a whole lotta shakin' goin' on!"
She said "Knock on wood, I'll blame it on the boogie, now what d'you think about that?"
I said "Ooh, (?heck?), that must be jelly, 'cos jam don't shake like that!"
Not so much of the night fever, more like a belt with a tire lever,
She was not at all pendulous, in fact she was tremendulous!

8 lines, 9 pop music references.  Impressive even by modern stanards.  I wouldn't be surprised if being belted with a tire lever (or any references to "pendulous") were disco-era references that escaped me.

Rodgers and Hammerstein, June is Bustin' Out All Over,
Real Thing, Can You Feel The Force, (1979, no doubt from 1977's Star Wars)
Madness, One Step Beyond,
Jerry Lee Lewis, Great Balls of Fire and Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' on,
Amii Stewart, disco cover of Eddie Floyd's Knock on Wood,
Jackson 5, Blame it on the Boogie,
Bee Gees, Night Fever.


"Pendulous"....could be a RHPS reference.

"It's true there were dark storm clouds: heavy, black and pendulous, twoard which they were driving..."

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