Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Juanita Banana

We're going to start here. I'd prefer to have posted their TV performance, but the guy who posted it disabled embedding for some bizarre reason.

From Wikipedia:
"Juanita Banana" is a novelty song co-written by Tash Howard and Murray Kenton...The original release of "Juanita Banana" was performed by The Peels, a studio group assembled by co-writer Tash Howard, who also co-produced the single. Howard also wrote "Juanita Banana Part 2" for The Peels as a follow-up release later in the same year.
The song they're riffing on is Caro Nome by Verdi. Here's what it sounds like when someone who can sing sings it.

You'd be amazed how many times this song has been covered.


Yeah, Tiny Tim, singing both parts.

In French!

Also, that is not how you harvest bananas.

I could not find the Billy Mo version, but did find this. Weird enough for me.

From Holland!

In Spanish! From Spain!

From the comments: "jajajajajajajaja"

This one is is from Yugoslavia. That should impress you, as there is no Yugoslavia anymore.

I have no idea where this is from.

The horse made me post it.

I think the head of the chorus looks like Joe Flaherty.

Eastern Europe loves this song!

At least these guys put a beat on it.

Bananas do not grow there. It is too cold. So cold, so bleak. Only the winter brings us peace.

I love that there's a whole genre of YouTube videos of people playing records. I also like that "Inception"\"War of the worlds" BWAAAAAAAAAAAAAM this one uses. Really grounds the piece.

Well, that's a nice trippy one. I guess they smoked the banana peels here.

There are MANY others, but this gives you a great place to start. You could collect them! If you wanted to. I don't know why you would.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Pari Pari Pa-ri

メグとパトロン - パリパリパーリー from takashi ohashi on Vimeo.

megu & patron "pari pari pa-ri-"
Artist: megu & patron
Director: takashi ohashi


Monday, January 13, 2014

Eleven - Twelve - Thirteen

Happy 13-13-13, everyone! I have a special treat for you.

What's really great about this is, you can see that each number had a theme. 2 was the amusement park. 3 was the circus. 5 was transportation. So on.

Pinball Number Count was originally produced in 1976 by Imagination, Inc. in San Francisco, California for the Children's Television Workshop. It made its debut on Sesame Street in 1977. It was composed by Walt Kraemer and arranged by Ed Bogas. It features all four Pointer Sisters.

So, just how great is this piece?


Check it out! In 3-D even. That's great.

Not sure about this, but it's got some exploded views.


Awesomesauce! It's got that creepy-ass typewriter. He always gave me the heebie-jeebies.

Actually, quick story: I gave Joe over at The Church a CD once and it had this version on it. When I pointed it out, he said, "Thank you! Oh my god. If I had been driving and this had come on, I would have crashed the car."

A valiant, if not misdirected effort.

Hey, looking good. Let me know when it's done.

Yeah, OK. So everyone's using this one to learn, eh?

Oh hey! I know this one. Venetian Snares is pretty cool.

Not sure what's going on here.

Wally gave us that remix of I like to Sing-a, so he's OK.

OK. I'm out. Good night, everyone.

Circle Square

What are you doing seeing there watching TBN crap, go outside and play!

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Narcotics: Pit of Despair (1967)

I first encountered this short back in the old days of VHS tape trading. It was on one of the Something Weird compilation tapes, a goldmine of public domain oddities. Seeing a young Kevin Tighe of EMERGENCY! turn in to a junkie was a WTF moment for me. I wonder if this short may have been one of the reasons he was hired by Jack Webb. But what makes this short a true classic is it lays out step by step how to be a successful pusher. Yes, this is one messed up little gem. Enjoy!