So, let’s talk Novelty songs…..
My podnuh, Shrew, suggested this topic. I immediately lurved it. And, it just so happened that Barry “Boris” Pickett, creator of Monster Mash, passed away earlier this week. In honor of Barry and because I need a good laugh, here’s the questions to be addressed:
1. What are your favorites? Can be from any “time”….
2. What do you think is the attraction of Novelty songs and do they have a place in music today?
That’s it. Pretty simple, huh? I challenge you to be as snarky and humorous as you can, because I need a good laugh….isn’t that enough motivation?
To help you along, here are the Top 10 from About.com. Why is that many of these are from my “era”? No doubt, you will agree with some and disagree with others. You may have other favorites not listed here. Let’s hear it.
2. Disco Duck
3. King Tut
8. The Streak
9. Eat It
10. Valley Girl
These all bring back various fun memories, however some of my favorites aren’t included. So, here are my Top
Battle of New Orleans – This is a song that my parents listened to in the late ’60’s when I was just a tot, but I can remember this song vividly. Of course, it was sort of an anthem and I’ve always loved it. It reminds me of the parties my parent used to have back in Southwest Louisiana when I was growing up and the unfettered fun they all had on those crazy Saturday nights.
Marie Leveau – I’ve heard this song for many, many years. Along the same lines as the Battle of New Orleans, this song was fun and close to our collective hearts; being Cajun.
Big John — I’m going to do a post at some point about “sympatico” in music. My husband and I are very far apart on the music scale and in age, but we have found that there are a few songs that we were both drawn to through our lives and they are important to us. Silly as it sounds, but Big John is one of those songs. Jimmy Dean should be recognized for more than breakfast sausage.
Don’t Worry, Be Happy – I love Bobby McFerrin and this song. So appopriately light and non-concerning.
Now, it’s your turn. Give me a couple of Novelty songs that you like and why…
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