Well, it's Friday and you know what that means. Yes, my Oriental manservant Hop-Sing and I are off to Iowa for a post-Caucus seminar on "The Role of the Bloodthirsty Sadist in the Contemporary Republican Party." I dunno, it's got something to do with some Mormon guy not executing enough rapists or something. Whatever. In any case, posting by moi will necessarily be sporadic for a few days.
But in my absence, here's a fun project for you all to contemplate:
ALL-TIME BEST PARODY OR NOVELTY RECORD!!!!!!
You know -- the funniest, the silliest, the one that best punctures somebody's pomposity, or however you define it.
[Author's Note: It occurs to me that I may have posted a similar list in the dim, dank past, i.e, early last year when I was just a baby blogger. If so, in my defense I'm sure I didn't include video clips then, and I'm also willing to bet the choices were at least somewhat different. In any case, it's been a long holiday season and I'm still recovering, so cut me some slack already.]
Okay, here's my top of my head Top Ten:
10. Klaus Nomi -- Lightning Strikes
Words fail me.
9. Little Roger and the Goosebumps -- Stairway to Gilligan
Led Zep's management got this record banned back in the day, but in 2000 Robert Plant decided it was funny, so it's now on CD.
8. Bob and Doug McKenzie -- Take Off
Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas meet Geddy Lee, and then they all go out for a Molson.
7. Steve Martin -- King Tut
It's rarely said, but nonetheless true -- Steve Martin is a great dancer.
6. Weird Al Yankovic -- Dare to Be Stupid
A Devo parody that's actually better than the real Devo. "Mashed potatoes can be your friend." Indeed.
5. Napoleon XIV -- They're Coming to Take Me Away (Ha-Ha!)
An obvious choice, I know, but hey -- me and some friends can be heard yelling in the background on this one. True story -- buy me a drink sometime, and I'll tell it to you....
4. The Diamonds -- Little Darlin'
These guys were actually a bunch of jazzbo snobs who thought the song (previously a minor doowop hit written by Maurice Williams, of "Stay" fame) was moronic crap and were goofing all over it. It is one of the great ironies of our time that the result is simultaneously one of the most exciting rock records ever AND an outsiders parody of the genre.
3. Buchanan and Goodman -- The Flying Saucer
The original break-in record, and an amazing technological feat in the days before sampling.
2. King Missile -- Detatchable Penis
90s alt-rock hepster irony, but I think it holds up.
And my all-time fave novelty song is.....
1. Linda Laurie -- Ambrose (Part 5)
This record haunted my childhood and at the time I assumed it was a monster national hit. Later, of course, I discovered it was probably only a local phenom -- I've never run into anybody who remembers it who wasn't also from the Tri-State Metropolitan Area. Perhaps not such a surprise, given Ms. Laurie's proto Jewish American Princess delivery and the single's subterranean subway milieu.....
Okay -- so what are your faves?
[Postscript: How the hell did I forget this one?