25 All-Time Novelty Hits

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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: 4/23/2002
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • UPC: 030206632927
  • Catalog Number: 066329
  • Sales rank: 48,451

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Flying Saucer, Pts. 1-2 (4:21)
  2. 2 Western Movies - The Olympics (2:21)
  3. 3 Baby Talk (2:27)
  4. 4 The All-American Boy (3:01)
  5. 5 The Ballad of Davy Crockett - Bill Hayes (2:24)
  6. 6 Seven Little Girls Sitting in the Back Seat (2:17)
  7. 7 Nee Nee Na Na Na Na Nu Nu (2:09)
  8. 8 Got a Match? (1:55)
  9. 9 Shaving Cream (2:46)
  10. 10 Hot Rod Lincoln - Johnny Bond (2:47)
  11. 11 Alley-Oop (2:44)
  12. 12 Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavor on the Bedpost Overnight - Lonnie Donegan (2:36)
  13. 13 Mr. Custer (3:05)
  14. 14 Yogi (2:12)
  15. 15 The Mummy (2:01)
  16. 16 Surfin' Bird (3:23)
  17. 17 The Jolly Green Giant - The Kingsmen (2:00)
  18. 18 Juanita Banana - The Peels (2:40)
  19. 19 Martian Hop (2:13)
  20. 20 Gitarzan - Ray Stevens (3:09)
  21. 21 Junk Food Junkie - Larry Groce (3:04)
  22. 22 Gimme Dat Ding - The Pipkins (2:13)
  23. 23 Telephone Man - Meri Wilson (2:01)
  24. 24 Mr. Jaws (2:04)
  25. 25 They're Coming to Take Me Away Ha-Haaa! (2:08)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Buchanan & Goodman Track Performer
Jan & Dean Track Performer
The Trashmen Track Performer
Lonnie Donegan Track Performer
Larry Verne Track Performer
Johnny Bond Track Performer
Larry Groce Track Performer
The 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
The 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
Al 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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