Title: Novelty Tunes and Spiced Wine
Run Time: 20 min 04 secs
Host: Luke Rodgers
Panelists: Oktober, Nabbit
Topic: Novelty Tunes
- Luke and the panel try to explain what defines a Novelty Tune. Christmas is a prime time for these to come out…like “I Want A Hippopotamus for Christmas”.
- One example Luke gives is The Royal Teens “Short Shorts”….which climbed to #3 on the Billboard Record Charts in February, 1958.
- Oktober talks about how novelty songs can start an entire franchise. She’s talking about Alvin and the Chipmunks. Song’s like “Witch Doctor” and “The Chipmunk Song” (again with the Christmas stuff). Get ready to learn more about Alvin and the Chipmunks then you ever wanted to.
- Some songs have become more obscure… like Disco Duck by Rick Dees.
- Nabbit talks about his (and the panels) fond memories of listening to Dr. Demento…with great songs like Fish Heads, Dead Puppies, They’re Coming to Take Me Away….
- Nabbit argues with Luke that Weird Al Yankovic doesn’t really belong in this category. His main point is that he has transcended the genre that he started in to found his own category. The panel agrees that his concerts are amazing.
- Nabbit calls out the genius of Ray Stevens. Songs we talk about… The Streak, Mississippi Squirrel, Gitarzan…and Nabbit’s absolute favorite, Ned Nostril.
- Luke talks about how some people really get their first start in novelty music. Adam Sandler (his first album was filled with songs) and Andy Samberg/ Lonely Island are both good examples of this.
Game: “Drink It” Or “Sink It” Challenge
Nabbit has flashbacks to Christmas and potpourri because of the warm scent of cloves and cinnamon. Oktober really likes this one and references another one of our warm drink recipes, The Warm Cherry Pie. Luke talks about how this is served at Holiday PArties (but Luke drinks it all winter). It’s great for slow sippers. Give it a try and let us know what you think. (The recipe is posted right before these show notes).