The Greatest Novelty Songs

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The Greatest Novelty Songs

The Greatest Novelty Songs

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It’s a faithful cover of Tommy Roe’s 1969 original: slightly more frenetic, glossier in that early nineties sort of way, with a baggy Madchester beat. Back to what I mentioned in the intro, about 1995 being a strange year, in which most of the acts and songs we remember the year for didn’t make the top of the charts. Anyway, in this moment ‘The Simpsons’ was on the verge of becoming the biggest TV programme in the world.

In 1972, folk singer, actor Louden Wainwright released "Dead Skunk in the Middle of the Road" where it found popularity some months later, in 1973. As with Alice Cooper, and Marilyn Manson (two artists to whom I didn’t expect to be drawing a comparison today) people make the mistake of referring to Whigfield as the singer rather than the band (or ‘musical project’ as Wikipedia refers to them). Proof of its popularity, ‘Spirit in the Sky’ reached Number 1 in the UK again in 1986 and 2003 thanks to covers by Doctor and the Medics and Gareth Gates. I’m not a prude, but this isn’t something I’ve never had to consider in my seven hundred and seventeen previous posts. In fairness, it's not overly grim: today Tommy says he'd never really considered the hound's fate but "knowing us, we'd probably have missed it.Brand New Key was also known as “The Rollerskate Song” because of its reference to roller skates in the. Written by vocalist and guitarist Doug Fieger in just 15 minutes in homage to his close friend Sharona Alperin, The Knack’s infectious debut single ‘My Sharona’ peaked at Number 6 in the UK in 1979. Cover versions have been released by several artists including: The Ronettes, Bobby Sherman, The Jackson 5. The song's composers were granted an Ivor Novello Award in 1966 for the Year's Outstanding Novelty Composition. In December 2014 Jilted John won the One Hit Wonder World Cup feature on the BBC Radio 6 Music Steve Lamacq show.

I’d always thought there were so many love songs that spoke in generalities, ’If you leave me it will break my heart,’ ‘I can’t go on without you,’ all that shit that I never believed.

by Norwegian comedy duo Ylvis was featured on the kids compilation album So Fresh Pop Party 13 in 2014. Disco producer Domenico "Meco" Monardo scored a couple smaller hits with other funkified movie themes, but finally went galactic on the back of the Star Wars craze.

There are songs like the Chipmunk hits that are by their very nature Novelty songs, but considered to be more Xmas songs than anything else.

ISBN 9781607329909, previously published as "Colonel Bogey's March through Folk and Popular Culture", Chapter 10 in Eric A. Lieutenant Pigeon were a novelty band formed in 1972 in Coventry, England – a spin-off from an experimental band which went by the name of Stavely Mackpeace.



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