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25 All-Time Novelty Hits
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In its favor is the inclusion of several novelty tunes that did less on the pop charts and a few big records that have up to now never appeared on legitimate domestic CD's. Rarities found here include the Daddy-O's' "Got A Match", the Peels' "Juanita Banana" and a top-10 novelty hit that has yet to see the digital light of day, "Yogi" by the Ivy Three. The majority of the other cuts are top-20 tunes that would be familiar to even casual early rock-era listeners.
Production quality is excellent with all tracks in mono except 12,15,17,21-23,25 which appear in stereo. Interesting liner notes on the included tracks appear in the eight-page liner notes booklet. A well-constructed package, this CD stands out for its generous collection of familiar novelty tunes as well as its inclusion of some previously unavailable-on-CD tunes of the genre.
1 The Flying Saucer (Parts 1& 2) * Buchanan & Goodman Pop #3
2 Western Movies * The Olympics Pop #8
3 Baby Talk * Jan & Dean Pop #10
4 The All-American Boy * Bill Parsons Pop #2
5 The Ballad Of Davy Crockett * Bill Hayes Pop # 1
6 Seven Little Girls Sitting In The Back Seat * Paul Evans & the Curls Pop #9
7 Nee Nee Na Na Na Na Nu Nu * Dicky Doo & The Don'ts
8 Got A Match * The Daddy-O's
9 Shaving Cream * Benny Bell Pop #30
10 Hot Rod Lincoln * Johnny Bond Pop #26
11 Alley-Oop * Hollywood Argyles Pop #1
12 Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavor (On The Bedpost Over Night) * Lonnie Donegan Pop #5
13 Mr. Custer * Larry Verne Pop #1
14 Yogi * The Ivy Three Pop #8
15 The Mummy * Bob McFadden & Dor
16 Surfin' Bird * The Trashmen Pop #4
17 The Jolly Green Giant * The Kingsmen Pop #4
18 Juanita Banana * The Peels
19 Martian Hop * The Ran-Dells Pop #16
20 Gitarzan * Ray Stevens Pop #8
21 Junk Food Junkie * Larry Groce Pop #9
22 Gimme Dat Ding * The Pipkins Pop #9
23 Telephone Man * Meri Wilson Pop #18
24 Mr. Jaws * Dickie Goodman Pop #4
25 They're Coming To Take Me Away Ha Haaa * Napoleon XIV Pop #3
"All-Time" apparently refers to the period 1956-1981, based on the songs on the CD.
Obviously there has to be concentration on the late fifties/early 60's which were the heyday of novelty or humor records. The 70's are represented by Mr Jaws, Gitarzan, Gimme Dat Ding, and Junk Food Junkie, and only the vaguely suggestive Telephone Man is under a quarter century old.Read more ›
That reviewer is, however, bang on in observing that it offers some really hard-to-find ORIGINAL hits like The Daddy-O's catchy 1958 instrumental Got A Match? to The Jolly Green Giant, a 1965 hit for The Kingsmen that is more often-than-not presented on compilations as a re-make. The same applies to Lonnie Donegan's classic Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavour (On The Bedpost Over Night). Thank you Varèse-Sarabande for not only giving us originals, but for the excellent quality of each and every track.
Six pages of liner notes by NYC DJ Andy Anderson provide a wealth of information on each side (the reverse shows artist, label details and chart performances) interspersed with LP/picture sleeve reproductions. In the notes he mentions the law-suit that faced Buchanan & Goodman when they first brought out The Flying Saucer in 1956 using cuts from the hit records of the day. The judge's ultimate decision was in itself a classic, as you will see when you read it. And, fittingly, the entire package is dedicated to the memory of Dickie Goodman, who committed suicide back on November 6, 1989.
While there are countless other great novelty hits covering that span I cannot find fault with this offering, either for its content or presentation. How about a Volume 2? And then a Volume 3? Great stuff.
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my favorite on here is the flying saucer followed by Mr Jaws my least favorite is Shaving CreamPublished 3 months ago by Dave Childress
I love this album! It has a great collection of 25 hilarious songs from the Oldies era, all on one disc. The audio quality is rather good too.Published 8 months ago by The Rocket Scientist
This reasonably-priced album of 25 ALL-TIME NOVELTY HITS from the mid-Fifites to the mid-Seventies has some worthy stuff, but is not as classic as some of its competitors. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Allen Smalling