25 All-Time Novelty Hits

25 All-Time Novelty Hits

     
 

These 25 tracks were all hits between 1955 and 1977, so it might not be quite accurate to dub them "all-time novelty hits." Still, that's the time span that most people who buy such compilations are going to want to zero in on, so what's the harm in the chronological limits? It can be taken for granted that a novelty compilation is going to have a lot of frivolous…  See more details below

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These 25 tracks were all hits between 1955 and 1977, so it might not be quite accurate to dub them "all-time novelty hits." Still, that's the time span that most people who buy such compilations are going to want to zero in on, so what's the harm in the chronological limits? It can be taken for granted that a novelty compilation is going to have a lot of frivolous material and might be too much of a good thing all at once if you're not in a certain mood. But this is a pretty good assortment of cuts, usually with a strong or at least tenuous rock base, ranging from familiar classic smashes to some items that are seldom anthologized or played on oldies radio. Among the best familiar tunes are the Olympics' Coasters-like "Western Movies," Bill Parsons' Elvis Presley satire "The All-American Boy" (actually sung by future country star Bobby Bare), Jan & Dean's "Baby Talk," Johnny Bond's "Hot Rod Lincoln," and the Trashmen's "Surfin' Bird." Among the most frivolous? Certainly Dickey Doo & the Don'ts' "Nee Nee Na Na Na Na Nu Nu" has marks to spare for qualification, as do Bob McFadden & Dor's "The Mummy" (written by Rod McKuen!), the Ran-Dells' outer-space doo wop takeoff "Martian Hop," the Pipkins' "Gimme Dat Ding," and Napoleon XIV's apocalyptic "They're Coming to Take Me Away Ha-Haaa!" As for the seldom-heard items, there's the Ivy Three's "Yogi," based on the Yogi Bear character and an actual (if quickly forgotten) Top Ten hit in 1960, the Daddy-O's' "Got a Match?," and the Peels' Chiquita Banana commercial spoof, "Juanita Banana." You also get Buchanan & Goodman's "The Flying Saucer, Pts. 1-2," a number three hit in 1956, but not often played these days due to its dated use of brief clips of early rock & roll hits in a simulated news report with mid-'50s topical references. The liner notes are learned and witty, something you can't expect as a given with these kind of reissues.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/23/2002
Label:
Varese Sarabande
UPC:
0030206632927
catalogNumber:
066329
Rank:
39646

Tracks

  1. The Flying Saucer, Pts. 1-2
  2. Western Movies  -  Olympics
  3. Baby Talk
  4. The All-American Boy
  5. The Ballad of Davy Crockett  - Bill Hayes
  6. Seven Little Girls Sitting in the Back Seat
  7. Nee Nee Na Na Na Na Nu Nu
  8. Got a Match?
  9. Shaving Cream
  10. Hot Rod Lincoln  - Johnny Bond
  11. Alley-Oop
  12. Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavor on the Bedpost Overnight  - Lonnie Donegan
  13. Mr. Custer
  14. Yogi
  15. The Mummy
  16. Surfin' Bird
  17. The Jolly Green Giant  -  Kingsmen
  18. Juanita Banana  -  Peels
  19. Martian Hop
  20. Gitarzan  - Ray Stevens
  21. Junk Food Junkie  - Larry Groce
  22. Gimme Dat Ding  -  Pipkins
  23. Telephone Man  - Meri Wilson
  24. Mr. Jaws
  25. They're Coming to Take Me Away Ha-Haaa!

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Buchanan & Goodman   Track Performer
Jan & Dean   Track Performer
Trashmen   Track Performer
Lonnie Donegan   Track Performer
Larry Verne   Track Performer
Johnny Bond   Track Performer
Larry Groce   Track Performer
Hollywood Argyles   Track Performer
Charlie Fox   Conductor
Napoleon XIV   Track Performer
Bill Hayes   Track Performer
Bob McFadden   Track Performer
Lynn Easton   Vocals
Mike Mitchell   Vocals
Bill Parsons   Track Performer
Ran-Dells   Track Performer
Meri Wilson   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Benny Bell   Producer
Ray Stevens   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Herb Alpert   Producer
Dickie Goodman   Producer
Jim Sullivan   Arranger
Paul Evans   Producer
Billy Mure   Producer
John Burgess   Producer
Lou Adler   Producer
Archie Bleyer   Producer
Owen "Boomer" Castleman   Producer
DeLory   Producer
Fred Foster   Producer
Charlie Fox   Arranger
Evren Göknar   Mastering
Cliff Goldsmith   Producer
Jim Malloy   Producer
Cary E. Mansfield   Producer
Jim Rutledge   Producer
Jerry Samuels   Producer
Jerry Dennon   Producer
Bill Ramal   Producer
Steve Rappaport   Producer
Bill Pitzonka   Art Direction
Marty Wekser   Producer
Steve Massie   Producer
Fred Darian   Producer
Bill Everette   Composer
Joe Johnson   Producer
Fred Smith   Producer
Jon Goodman   Liner Notes
Bill Buchanan   Producer
DJ Andy Anderson   Liner Notes
George Garrett   Producer

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