Friday, September 03, 2021

Weekend Listomania: Special "Can't You Take a Joke For Heaven's Sake?" Edition

[I originally posted a version of this in 2010, back when the world and this blog were young. To prove I'm not the lazy bastard you think I am, however, I've rewritten a lot of it and added three new entries. Enjoy! -- S.S.]

Well, it's Friday and you know what that means. Yes, my Asian manual catharsis assistant (who shall not be named) and I are off to Texas to get her an abortion at the same time I'm carrying a now-legal gun to blow away anybody who gives us some now illegal shit about it. HAH! The ironies abound, no?

But in the meantime, assuming we survive, here's a fun little project for us all:

Best or Worst Post-Elvis Novelty or (Obvious Goof) Record!!!

No arbitrary rules of any kind this time, you're welcome very much.

And my totally top of my head Top Ten is:

10. Bob McFadden and Dor -- I'm a Mummy

That's Rod McKuen -- yes him -- playing the part of the beatnik at the end, by the way. Even as a kid, I knew this record was lame.

9. Mickey Katz -- Duvid Crockett

This totally cracks me up. I should add that Katz's niece Jennifer Grey, of Dirty Dancing fame, did a killer version of this on the Conan O'Brien show, which you can find on YouTube.

8. The Benzedrine Monks of Santo Domonica -- Theme from The Monkees

Have I mentioned that I'm seeing Micky Dolenz and Mike Nesmith live for my birthday in October? God, I hope they do this one.

7. Mel Brooks -- The Hitler Rap

It's Mel Brooks. It's a rap. It's about Hitler. Jeebus, what more do you want?

6. The Beatles -- You Know My Name (Look Up the Number)

"Good evening and welcome to Slaggers." A throwaway joke by the Fabs, but all involved cover themselves in glory -- in particular, Paul McCartney as the unctuous crooner and special guest Rolling Stone Brian Jones on lounge saxophone.

5. The Police/Henry Mancini's Orchestra -- Peter Gunn/Every Breath You Take

One of those mashup records the kids seem to like so much, and committed for The Sopranos soundtrack album for no logical reason I can determine other than both songs are in the key of E. Or maybe there's some kind of irony I'm missing. In any case, it's obviously supposed to make you go "How clever!" but unfortunately it's just annoying.

4. Godfrey Daniel -- I Am Woman

A bunch of New York wiseacres doing to Helen Reddy what always needed to be done to Helen Reddy.

3. Buchanan and Goodman -- Flying Saucer the 2nd

One of the first break-in records, and still one of the funniest.

2. Albert Brooks -- Party in Outer Space

The first and still the only FAKE break-in record, and drop-dead hilarious.

And the number one most uproarious loud noise ever made is clearly...

1. Flipper -- Sex Bomb

The band that died for your fins, obviously.

One of the great punk/New Wave/alt-rock records that truly says -- "I don't know what."

Okay, and what would YOUR choices be?

Have a great weekend, everybody!


ChrisE said...

The Police/Henry Mancini song is on that "Sopranos" soundtrack because it was used several times - very effectively - in episode 1 of season 3. Much of that episode concerns the FBI's surveillance on Tony and their painstaking attempts to position a legally-obtained wiretap inside Tony's home. If you haven't seen the episode, dial it up soon - it's really good.

Also, sorry, but I LOVE "The Mummy" - the inanely silly voice, that square-but-somehow hip saxophone. It may be lame but it always cracks me up.

Butch said...

Senator Bobby - Wild Thing 1966 on Parkway records..pretty funny

pete said...

Two words: Monster Mash

Anonymous said...

"Are You Lonesome Tonight?".

The live version where Elvis flubs the words. I know it's sad the way he was so impaired at the time but it is a hysterically funny music moment. Fuck you Elvis deniers!

I bet Elvis would have been willing to be vaccinated but the Colonel would never of allowed him. Bad for ticket sales.

Captain Al

The Kenosha Kid said...

Sam the Sham & The Pharoahs -- Little Red Riding Hood
The Trashmen -- Surfing Bird
The Cramps -- Do the Crusher

Alzo said...

In one of the best juxtapositions ever, 'You Know My Name (Look Up the Number)' was the B-side of 'Let it Be.'

And speaking of B-sides, the flip of Flipper's 'Sex Bomb' 45 was a delightful number called 'Brainwash'- bringing new meaning to 'ad nauseam.'
The one time I saw Flipper, they performed two songs: a half-hour of 'Sex Bomb' and a half-hour of 'If I Can't be Drunk, I Don't Wanna Be Alive.'