The Joy of Novelty Songs

I don’t know about you but I just love novelty songs. Songs with silly lyrics making no real sense at all but with the addition of great music they are fun to listen to. Novelty songs were especially popular in the 1950s and early 1960s. It all started in 1958 when David Seville came out with “Witch Doctor”.

This was followed by songs like “Purple People Eater” and later “The Chipmunk Song”. Two years later the Hollywood Argyles came out with “Alley Oop” and the song topped the Billboard pop charts in 1960.

The song “Alley Oop” was all about a time-traveling caveman and his adventures could be seen and read about in a comic strip by the same name. The comic strip was created in 1932 by cartoonist V.T. Hamlin. From it came the popular novelty song set to an interesting doo-wop tune. “Alley Oop” was the only novelty song to rise up on the pop charts in 1960.

Then along came another novelty song which also rose up to number one. This was Brian Hyland’s memorable song “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka dot Bikini”.

Of course, there are many more. The best thing that a novelty song can do is to make you feel good, get you laughing and just plain make you enjoy the moment. I thought of one song that I want to include for your pleasure. It’s called “They’re Coming to Take Me Away”. Yes, to the ever-popular funny farm. The one thing that this particular song makes me think about is that if we get too caught up in all of the social network sites and get carried away by delightful sites like this one we might just eventually need a holiday before they come to take us away.


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