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Dubbed the 'Master of Musical Mayhem' by Rolling Stone, comedic bandleader Spike Jones and the City Slickers were hugely popular in the 40's, 50's and 60's, known for wacky skits and zany renditions of the day s most popular songs. An accomplished musician, Spike was a true innovator whose comedic madness was lightyears ahead of his time directly influencing such iconoclasts as Frank Zappa, Ernie Kovacs, 'Weird Al' Yankovic, Stan Freberg and George Carlin. From 1954-61, Spike came into living rooms across the nation with The Spike Jones Show (NBC & CBS). His special brand of music featured hilarious arrangements punctuated by sneezes, hiccups, snores, belches, gunshots, explosions, whistles, bird calls, cowbells, foghorns ... and anything else laying around at the time!Now experience this classic television on DVD for the first time digitally remastered and featuring Spike s biggest hits (over 60 melodies!) and most hilarious bits in a special-edition, three-disc collector s set, produced and edited under the personal supervision of Spike Jones, Jr. Features show regulars vocalist Helen Grayco (Mrs. Jones) and the City Slickers: Freddie Morgan Doodles Weaver, George Rock, Sir Fredrick Gas and Billy Barty. Also such stars of the day as Eddy Arnold, Zasu Pitts and Howdy Doody. Bonus Material: Two never-before-aired pilots, marking the band s television debut.
Outstanding! It not only shows the talent of one of the funniest men in the entertainment arena, but also the talent of his band members and the supporting cast of characters. Read morePublished 4 months ago by T C
Disc 1 was great. Disc 2 was full of skips & hesitations, not very enjoyable at all. Haven't watched Disc 3 yet and I many not. I intend to return the set for replacement.Published 7 months ago by Cagey Buyer
My father loved this guy when he was a kid. Bought it as a Christmas present and he clearly was overjoyed. Read morePublished 8 months ago by G. Jernigan
Spike Jones is a relic of the Big Band era. It is completely silly stuff but fun as well. It was a part of my development in my adolescent years of the late thirties and early... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Robert H. Boyer