Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Video of the Week! 2008 style..

Napoleon XIV - They're coming to take me away

This isn't the actual video for this song, but it's the best one I could find. This song, a novelty, was released in 1966 by Jerry Samuels, a one hit wonder who acidentally landed himself in the Top 5 of the charts that year.

When I was a kid, I'm now in my 30's, my mother used to play this 45 all of the time. So much that it became sort of the family theme song. I'm not sure if this explains the type of adult I've become?

The following was borrowed from Wiki:

Released on Warner Bros. Records, the bizarre depiction of mental illness became an instant hit in the United States that summer, reaching number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart.
However, it was highly controversial at the time. Some groups protested the apparent mockery of mental illness, while other groups attacked the apparent comparison of Napoleon's wife to a "mangy mutt". The protesters put pressure both on radio stations directly and on the stations' advertisers.[1] This was especially felt in New York City, where Top 40 stalwarts WABC and WMCA soon dropped the record from airplay and skipped it during their countdown shows, much to the confusion of the young teens who made up a large part of those broadcasters' audience. The record was soon banned from airplay at radio stations in a number of other markets as well.

As a bonus, courtesy of my friends over at Totally Fuzzy, here is a full concert from Glasgow band The View.* Sorry the content was deleted by a douche*

As you can immediately tell, they are not the clucking chickens that have an American TV show. If you are a fan of the Family Guy, then you know about the clucking chicken reference.

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Nicole*Rae said...