Silly Songs and Titles of the 50s & 60sby Tyler Woods on Mar. 14, 2010, under Life
Yesterday I was feeding my bird Buddha a spaghetti noodle. She loves noodles. She likes to play with it and then go for the gusto and munch it down. I caught myself singing her a song that said boodle’s got a noodle. I had discovered that my bird has a new song that we could sing to her all the time called “Boodle Noodle” and in her mind it would become a number one hit, and this really got me thinking…
There were some very strange song titles in the 50s and 60s which make my Buddle Noodle song actually sound good. I am unaware how some of our early rockers and poppers came up with these song tittles. Perhaps the early phases of smoking pot, who knows. I mean come on, there was Da Doo Ron Ron, which is not to be confused with Do Wah Diddy Diddy nor to be compared with Ooby Dooby which is a far cry from Alley-Oop but somehow these songs all have some sort of ring to them.
Who Put the Bomp In the Bomp, Bomp, Bomp was about as fun as Papa Oom Mow Mow and Rama Lama Ding Dong . I am sure there was some real deep meaning to these songs, or maybe not. Maybe it was just fun and senseless. The 50s and 60s were filled with fun quirky song titles such as Shoo-Be-Doo-Be-Doo-Da-Day, Shimmy Shimmy Ko-Ko-Bop , Be-Bop-A-Lula and Sh-Boom.
I once played in a band that did the song Willie and the Hand Jive which sounded more like a young’s boys confessions of perhaps something he should be doing behind closed doors. However I suppose if Willie got caught doing the Hand Jive he would simply say, Yakety Yak Don’t Talk Back.
I think perhaps what is important to remember with music and song titles are the beginnings of psychedelic drugs use. What else could possible make people see Purple People Eater’s doing the Monster Mash with Wooly Bully? This sort of Hanky Panky must stop! Better still who would write a song called Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka-Dot Bikini?
Some of the songs and titles were actually out of this world. Take the matian hop, Little Space Girl, and The Flying Saucer. It was enough to have someone sing out They Are Coming to Take me Away.
Some of these song titles were as awesome as the song itself. My favorite silly song title and perhaps favorite song of all is the Iron Butterfly’s In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida. As a kid I thought they were saying, in the Garden of Eve Baby, but that made less sense than In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida.
The list can go on with the silly songs and song titles. I liked that once upon a time ago we could add a little humor with our music and it all didn’t have to be so serious. We didn’t have to deal with gangster rap and a zillion break up and love songs. I thought silly songs offered us something that we have so little of, laughter and joy.
What are some of your more silly songs you liked?