Fonk

Fonk

by Spike Jones
     
 
Spike Jones developed the art of musical parody to an impossibly high level during the 1940s, combining elements of vaudeville with sight gags, loud suits, unusual props, and top-notch musicians to execute the challenging arrangements. Harlequin, which has been by far the best label to compile rare recordings and transcriptions by Jones and his band, put together 23

Overview

Spike Jones developed the art of musical parody to an impossibly high level during the 1940s, combining elements of vaudeville with sight gags, loud suits, unusual props, and top-notch musicians to execute the challenging arrangements. Harlequin, which has been by far the best label to compile rare recordings and transcriptions by Jones and his band, put together 23 performances in this collection, some of which were recorded live before an audience. Among them are two unissued alternate takes of "Popcorn Sack" (plus a false start), featuring voice-over specialist Paul Frees (who was the long time voice of the Pillsbury Doughboy) doing impressions of several movie stars of the 1940s, including Bing Crosby, Edward G. Robinson, and even Katharine Hepburn! The band's star trumpet soloist, George Rock, contributed the swinging "Minka." Doodles Weaver cracks up everyone with his popular Indianapolis 500 announcer bit in a deconstruction of "Dance of the Hours." Favorites like "'Holiday for Strings" and "Glow Worm" (the latter featuring soprano Aileen Carlisle) are also part of the fun. The detailed liner notes and vintage photographs make this an essential CD for fans of Spike Jones & His City Slickers.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/14/2003
Label:
Harlequin Records
UPC:
0008637217822
catalogNumber:
178
Rank:
233618

Related Subjects

Tracks

  1. Down in Jungle Town
  2. Spike Explains "Dance of the Hours" (spoken)
  3. Dance Of The Hours (After Ponchielli)
  4. Ugga Ugga Boo Ugga
  5. Chinese Mule Train (After Lange, Heath & Glickman)
  6. Macnamara's Band
  7. Minka
  8. Rum Tee Diddle Dee Yump
  9. So 'Elp Me
  10. Fiddle-Faddle, for string orchestra (or standard orchestra) [Alternate
  11. Alto, Baritone, And Bass
  12. What Is a Disc Jockey?
  13. Come, Josephine, in My Flying Machine
  14. Take 1
  15. False Start & Take 2
  16. A Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight, song
  17. Holiday for Strings
  18. The Glow Worm (Glühwürmchen), song
  19. Interview with Spike Jones (November 23, 1944) (Spoken)
  20. A Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight, song
  21. Peanut Vendor
  22. Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives to Me
  23. I'm Getting Sentimental Over You

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Spike Jones   Primary Artist,Leader,Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part,Track Performer
King Jackson   Trombone
Spike Jones & His City Slickers   Ensemble
Joe Colvin   Trombone
Chick Daugherty   Trombone
John Stanley   Trombone

Technical Credits

Amilcare Ponchielli   Composer
Leroy Anderson   Composer
Carly Simon   Composer
Spike Jones   Composer
Russ Morgan   Composer
John Wood   Liner Notes
Sheldon Allman   Composer
Hy Heath   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
David Rose   Composer
Stamford Festival String Orchestra   Composer
Don Was   Composer
Ned Washington   Composer
George Bassman   Composer
Freddie Morgan   Composer
George Rock   Composer
Moisés Simóns   Composer
Joe Hayden   Composer
Earl Bennett   Composer
Fred Fisher   Composer
Paul Lincke   Composer
Edward Madden   Composer
Eddie Maxwell   Composer
Charles R. McCarron   Composer
Lilla C Robinson   Composer
Marion Sunshine   Composer
Arthur Swanstrom   Composer
Alfred Bryan   Composer
Eddie Cherkose   Composer
Doodles Weaver   Composer
Theodore Morse   Composer
Shamus O'Connor   Composer
Carey Morgan   Composer
John Wood   Liner Notes

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