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The Golden Age of Novelty Songs: By Steven Otfinoski

Author:

Steve Otfinoski,Steven Otfinoski

Title:

The Golden Age of Novelty Songs: By Steven Otfinoski

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1941 kb

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1478 kb

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Rating:

4.6

ISBN10:

0823076946

ISBN13:

978-0823076949

Publisher:

Watson-Guptill Pubns (April 1, 2000)

Language:

English

Subcategory:

Music

Pages:

250

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The Golden Age of Novelty Songs: By Steven Otfinoski by Steve Otfinoski,Steven Otfinoski

This fond look at one of music's most enduring genres examines novelty songs in a definitive narrative that pays tribute to the men and women whose bizarre humor has given us a chuckle, a groan, and a barrel of laughs. From zany hits of the 1950s to musical madness of today, the long, rich history of novelty songs is detailed in such chapters as "Flying Saucers and Singing Chipmunks," "Soul Humor," Parody," "Monsters, Madmen, and Other One-Hit Weirdos," "Country Fried Corn and Funny Folks," and "Rock Laughs at Itself."
Ginaun
Witch Doctor The Chipmunk Song Delicious Chantilly Lace Baby Sittin Boogie Kookie Kookie Lend Me Your Comb Disco Duck Telephone Man Dinner with Drac Mister Custer The Streak Ajax Liquor Store Transfusion I Love Onions Hot Rod Lincoln Santa and the Sattellite Monster Mash Ahab the Arab Alley-Oop Snoopy Vs the Red Baron Little Effen Annie PaPa Oom Mow Mow The Flying Saucer The Purple People Eater Shaving Cream Little Red Riding Hood The Thing Mother in-law Theyre Coming to Take Me Away Ha Ha Yakety Yak Along Came Jones Charlie Brown The Old Philophoser etc. All of these are favorite novelty songs of mine and most of them I first heard as a little kid. This was an interesting and fun read.Then you have the artists. People like Meri Wilson The Coasters Rick Dees Hudson and Landry Eddie Lawrence Steve Martin John Zacherle Phil Harris David Seville Sheb Wooley The Big Bopper Edd Byrnes and Connie Stevens Ray Stevens Jim Backus Susan Christie Benny Bell Charlie Ryan Commander Cody Tiny Tim Christine Lavin Joe Perkins Buzz Clifford Betty Johnson Buchanan and Goodman Nervous Norvus The Cadets Cheech and Chong Ernie K-Doe Jack Ross Jose Jiminez Allan Sherman The Hollytones Weird Al Yankovic etc. Highly recomended.
Vonalij
First, the title of the book is doubly misleading. The words "Golden Age" seem to imply that Otfinoski will focus on one particular era (i.e. the post-Elvis, pre-Beatles period from the late 1950s to the early 1960s when novelty songs frequently topped the charts) when in fact his book covers several decades worth of music. Also, the term "novelty song" usually applies to gimmicky, high-concept pop tunes like "The Purple People Eater," while Otfinoski's book covers a wider range of comedic music. The book's real topic is not the golden age of novelty songs but rather the use of overt humor in popular music in the second half of the 20th century. That's a much bigger topic than the title suggests, and the author does his best to organize it into smaller sub-topics. What the book lacks in depth, it tries to make up for in breadth of scope.

Since Otfinoski is trying to cover so much, his book ends up being a laundry list of song titles and trivia factoids. Anyone looking for in-depth coverage of certain key performers will be disappointed. This book is a broad survey of humorous music, and the author does not linger on any one topic for too long. That's okay, but I would have appreciated some new interviews with the singers, songwriters, producers, disc jockeys, etc. who made these records famous. Also, too much of the book is devoted to Otfinoski's critical assessments. Personally, I couldn't care less what he finds funny and unfunny. His sense of humor is different from mine, but even if I'd agreed with him more frequently, I would've liked more facts and fewer opinions in a book like this.
Grari
Novelty songs were commonplace in both the pre & rock & roll era-A day wouldn't go by without hearing "Cocktails For Two","Witch Doctor",or "The Purple People Eater" on your local radio station-However,with radio undergoing a lot of changes these days,novelty songs have pretty much fallen by the wayside-Steve Otfinoski has done a yeoman job in recapturing a great time-It's interesting that Dr.Demento wrote the foreword-He has the only show that is willing to play this type of stuff-Anyway,if you remember those goofy gems of yesteryear,this book is definitely up your alley.
Rleillin
This book is fairly complete, including not only what I would consider novelty songs but also parodies and one-hit wonders. It includes a discography of songs mentioned and many other bibliographical information. At first it was a slow read for me, but once he started mentioning the history of one-hit wonders I love I was more interested. It could have been more up to date, however, for example I would really be interested in information about the "Mambo No. 5" takeoff "Combo No. 5" or other '90s parodies.
Elildelm
A well written history of those wacky weird songs and singers. I was tapping my toes as I read about old favorites like the Chipmunks, "The Purple People Eater", "Witch Doctor" and many others. The background material on the artists was sometimes tragic and sometimes funny; but always fascinating. The author is obviously an expert on this subject. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Walan
For the most part, it's just a tip-toe through an embellished listing of goofs, but if anyone releases a recorded companion, it'll definitely be worth a spin of chuckles.


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