Wonderful Nonsense: Fun Songs of the Roaring Twenties

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Every decade has its novelty music, but only the 1920s, the "Jazz Age," when flappers stayed drunk on bathtub gin and the stock market temporarily made everyone a paper millionaire, seems like an era when comic songs caught the spirit of the day. This 40-track, two-CD/cassette set of recordings from that period focuses on the frivolous, and in doing so it reveals much about the period. It begins with a 1920 recording of "Ain't We Got Fun," which notes that "the rich get rich and the poor get poorer"; continuing through 1925's "Pardon Me While I Laugh," which slyly comments on the ways by which Prohibition, among other things, was being subverted; to 1928's baby talk "I...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Every decade has its novelty music, but only the 1920s, the "Jazz Age," when flappers stayed drunk on bathtub gin and the stock market temporarily made everyone a paper millionaire, seems like an era when comic songs caught the spirit of the day. This 40-track, two-CD/cassette set of recordings from that period focuses on the frivolous, and in doing so it reveals much about the period. It begins with a 1920 recording of "Ain't We Got Fun," which notes that "the rich get rich and the poor get poorer"; continuing through 1925's "Pardon Me While I Laugh," which slyly comments on the ways by which Prohibition, among other things, was being subverted; to 1928's baby talk "I Faw Down and Go Boom," which seems to anticipate the market crash by a year, these are songs that remain timely despite their frothy tone. Of course, there are outright gibberish tunes like "Yes! We Have No Bananas," comic romps like "Don't Bring Lulu," and examples of wordplay such as "My Cutie's Due at Two to Two Today." By and large, though, these are simply uptempo dance tunes with lightly romantic sometimes risqué lyrics, many of them more "wonderful" than "nonsense." Some of the songs were big hits in their day -- "Ain't We Got Fun," "Yes! We Have No Bananas," "Barney Google" "with the goo-goo-googley eyes", "Stumbling," and "It Ain't Gonna Rain No Mo'" -- but the collection contains few of the big hit recordings of the songs. Since many of the performers, even the greatest ones like Billy Murray, are forgotten today -- that's not too important, but in some cases the substituted versions are band recordings with arrangements that cut the zany vocal to a single chorus in what is otherwise an instrumental, reducing the comic effect. Still, the collection is a worthy tribute to a time when people sang songs that had, as one title put it, "Crazy Words Crazy Tune," and lyrics that asked, "How could red riding hood have been so very good and still kept the wolf from the door?" and declared, "Tain't no sin to take off your skin and dance around in your bones."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/17/2012
  • Label: Take Two Records
  • UPC: 734021050323
  • Catalog Number: 503
  • Sales rank: 114,681

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ain't We Got Fun - The Harmonizers Quartet (3:24)
  2. 2 Oh! By Jingo! - Billy Murray (2:37)
  3. 3 Yes! We Have No Bananas - Benny Krueger's Orchestra (3:02)
  4. 4 Charley, My Boy - International Novelty Orchestra (3:14)
  5. 5 Barney Google - Billy Jones (2:41)
  6. 6 Stumbling - Frank Crumit (2:32)
  7. 7 Bringin' Home the Bacon - Billy Jones (2:58)
  8. 8 It Ain't Gonna Rain No Mo' - The Bar Harbor Society Orchestra (3:11)
  9. 9 Pardon Me While I Laugh - Billy Jones (2:55)
  10. 10 Don't Bring Lulu - Benny Krueger's Orchestra (2:52)
  11. 11 Where'd You Get Those Eyes? - Abe Lyman & His California Orchestra (3:02)
  12. 12 Lenore - Phil Ohman (2:56)
  13. 13 Tonight's My Night with Baby - Irving Kaufman (2:44)
  14. 14 I'm Just Wild About Animal Crackers - Irving Aaronson & His Commanders (2:42)
  15. 15 There's a Trick in Pickin' a Chick Chick Chicken - California Melody Orchestra (2:52)
  16. 16 My Cutie's Due at Two to Two - Billy Jones (2:52)
  17. 17 If My Baby Cooks as Good as She Looks - The Roving Romeos (2:35)
  18. 18 No Wonder She's a Blushing Bride - Jim Miller (2:31)
  19. 19 She's the Sweetheart of Six Other Guys - Fred "Sugar" Hall & His Sugar Babies (2:50)
  20. 20 I Love the College Girls - Waring's Pennsylvanians (3:09)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Gonna Get a Girl - Six Jumping Jacks (2:49)
  2. 2 Masculine Women! Feminine Men! - Irving Kaufman (2:59)
  3. 3 Hard to Get Gertie - Jane Green (3:24)
  4. 4 Ever Since the Movies Learned to Talk - Billy Murray (2:46)
  5. 5 Every Night I Bring Her Frankfurter Sandwiches - Al Lentz & His Orchestra (2:40)
  6. 6 Red Lips Kiss My Blues Away - Aileen Stanley (2:20)
  7. 7 Crazy Words Crazy Tune - Vaughn DeLeath (2:48)
  8. 8 I've Never Seen a Straight Banana - Waring's Pennsylvanians (2:53)
  9. 9 I Faw Down and Go Boom - Dick Robertson (3:16)
  10. 10 How Could Red Riding Hood - Yacht Club Boys (2:47)
  11. 11 Pasta Fazoola - Van & Schenck (2:39)
  12. 12 It's a Million to One You're in Love - Virginians (2:50)
  13. 13 Does She Love Me? Positively Absolutely - Billy Murray (2:27)
  14. 14 Etiquette Blues - Mona Motor Oil Twins (3:25)
  15. 15 I Never See Maggie Alone - Irving Aaronson & His Commanders (2:48)
  16. 16 Hungry Women - Eddie Cantor (2:13)
  17. 17 Tain't No Sin to Dance Around in Your Bones - George Olsen & His Music (2:50)
  18. 18 Mama's Gone Young, Papa's Gone Old - Ed Lowry (2:33)
  19. 19 Collegiate Sam - Eddie Walters (3:06)
  20. 20 My Wife Is on a Diet - Walter Scanlon (3:04)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Phil Saxe Vocals
Irving Kaufman Vocals
Tom Stacks Vocals
Arthur Fields Vocals
Dick Gardner Vocals
Billy Jones Vocals
Franklin Baur Vocals
Technical Credits
Irving Mills Composer
Con Conrad Composer
J. Fred Coots Composer
Walter Donaldson Composer
Al Dubin Composer
Irving Kahal Composer
Gus Kahn Composer
Jack Yellen Composer
Zez Confrey Composer
Wendell Hall Composer
Bob Pease Composer
Harry Akst Composer
Beda Fritz Loehner Composer
Arthur Terker Composer
Von Tilzer Composer
Nat Bonx Composer
Irving Cohn Composer
Raymond B. Egan Composer
Pete Wendling Composer
Billy Heagney Composer
G. Mallen Composer
Jim Bedoian Producer
E. Ray Goetz Composer
Frank Silver Composer
Bannister Composer
Colwell Composer
Anthony Slide Liner Notes
Mark Monroe Cover Illustration
Ted Fiorito Composer
Ted Waite Composer
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