History Music / NapoleonXIV

14th Jun '17 1:40:48 PM MarkLungo
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Napoleon XIV was the pseudonym of the American singer and songwriter Jerry Samuels (born 3 May 1938, New York). Samuels started out writing and performing normal love songs; he released a few pop records in TheFifties, and Creator/SammyDavisJr's version of his song "The Shelter of Your Arms" became a Top 20 hit in 1963. However, the material he recorded as Napoleon XIV is ''very'' different. It consists of agrressively weird novelty songs focusing on mental illness[[note]]and in a few later numbers, marijuana[[/note]], often featuring unhinged vocals, atonal "melodies", and minimalistic accompaniment. These songs are about as entertaining as they are creepy--and they can be pretty creepy. One of them, his SignatureSong "They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!", was actually a Top 5 hit in 1966. However, Napoleon XIV met his Waterloo when a follow-up single ("I'm in Love With My Little Red Tricycle") and an album (titled after "They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!") both flopped, and a second album intended for 1968 release (which would have been titled ''For God's Sake, Stop the Feces!'') was canceled. Since then, Samuels has worked as a booking agent, although Napoleon XIV briefly resurfaced in TheNineties with ''The Second Coming'', a compilation that combined the 1966 album with tracks intended for ''Feces'' and a few new recordings.

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Napoleon XIV was the pseudonym of the American singer and songwriter Jerry Samuels (born 3 May 1938, New York). Samuels started out writing and performing normal love songs; he released a few pop records in TheFifties, and Creator/SammyDavisJr's version of his song "The Shelter of Your Arms" became a Top 20 hit in 1963.

However, the material he recorded as Napoleon XIV is ''very'' different. It consists of agrressively weird novelty songs focusing on mental illness[[note]]and in a few later numbers, marijuana[[/note]], often featuring unhinged vocals, atonal "melodies", and minimalistic accompaniment. These songs are about as entertaining as they are creepy--and they can be pretty creepy. One of them, his SignatureSong "They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!", was actually a Top 5 hit in 1966.

However, Napoleon XIV met his Waterloo when a follow-up single ("I'm in Love With My Little Red Tricycle") and an album (titled after "They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!") both flopped, and a second album intended for 1968 release (which would have been titled ''For God's Sake, Stop the Feces!'') was canceled. Since then, Samuels has worked as a booking agent, although Napoleon XIV briefly resurfaced in TheNineties with ''The Second Coming'', a compilation that combined the 1966 album with tracks intended for ''Feces'' and a few new recordings.



* ManChild: "I'm In Love With My Little Red Tricycle"

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* ManChild: "I'm In Love With My Little Red Tricycle"Tricycle".
11th May '17 3:21:20 PM AnotherGuy
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* PsychopathicManchild: [[spoiler: The narrator]] of "I'm In Love With My Little Red Tricycle". Music/WeirdAlYankovic called it an amazing song due to the PlotTwist.
11th May '17 3:18:22 PM AnotherGuy
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* TheDogWasTheMastermind: The accusation of "They're Coming To Take Me Away, Ha-Haa!"
8th Dec '16 7:04:02 PM mlsmithca
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* [[spoiler:ManChild]]: "I'm In Love With My Little Red Tricycle"

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* [[spoiler:ManChild]]: ManChild: "I'm In Love With My Little Red Tricycle"



** FridgeHorror: Who says this is the ''backwards'' version?



* WordSaladLyrics: "Bats in my Belfry". That quote up there is probably the most sensible lyrics in the whole song.



* WordSaladLyrics: "Bats in my Belfry". That quote up there is probably the most sensible lyrics in the whole song.



8th Dec '16 7:02:48 PM MarkLungo
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!!"They're Coming to Trope Me Away, Ha-Haaa!"

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!!"They're Coming to Trope Me Away, Ha-Haaa!"
Ha-Haaa!":
8th Dec '16 7:01:47 PM MarkLungo
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!!This musician features examples of:

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!!This musician features examples of:
!!"They're Coming to Trope Me Away, Ha-Haaa!"
8th Dec '16 6:51:25 PM MarkLungo
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* NapoleonDelusion: Implied. After all, a man who calls himself Napoleon XIV writing novelty songs about insanity? Two songs, "Do the Napoleon" and "The Nuts In My Family Tree" explicitly reference this.

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* NapoleonDelusion: Implied. After all, a man who calls himself Napoleon XIV writing novelty songs about insanity? Two songs, "Do the Napoleon" and "The Nuts In My Family Tree" Tree", explicitly reference this.



* OneHitWonder: As noted his attempts to follow up "They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!" didn't sell. Chances are you've never heard of his other songs unless you're a fan.
8th Dec '16 6:41:25 PM MarkLungo
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Napoleon XIV was the pseudonym of the American singer and songwriter Jerry Samuels (born 3 May 1938, New York). Samuels started out writing and performing normal love songs; he released a pop record ("Puppy Love") under his own name in 1956, and Creator/SammyDavisJr's version of his song "The Shelter of Your Arms" became a Top 20 hit in 1963. However, the material he recorded as Napoleon XIV is ''very'' different. It consists of agrressively weird novelty songs focusing on mental illness[[note]]and in a few later numbers, marijuana[[/note]], often featuring unhinged vocals, atonal "melodies", and minimalistic accompaniment. These songs are about as entertaining as they are creepy--and they can be pretty creepy. One of them, his SignatureSong "They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!", was actually a Top 5 hit in 1966. However, Napoleon XIV met his Waterloo when a follow-up single ("I'm in Love With My Little Red Tricycle") and an album (titled after "They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!") both flopped, and a second album intended for 1968 release (which would have been titled ''For God's Sake, Stop the Feces!'') was canceled. Since then, Samuels has worked as a booking agent, although Napoleon XIV briefly resurfaced in TheNineties with ''The Second Coming'', a compilation that combined the 1966 album with tracks intended for ''Feces'' and a few new recordings.

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Napoleon XIV was the pseudonym of the American singer and songwriter Jerry Samuels (born 3 May 1938, New York). Samuels started out writing and performing normal love songs; he released a few pop record ("Puppy Love") under his own name records in 1956, TheFifties, and Creator/SammyDavisJr's version of his song "The Shelter of Your Arms" became a Top 20 hit in 1963. However, the material he recorded as Napoleon XIV is ''very'' different. It consists of agrressively weird novelty songs focusing on mental illness[[note]]and in a few later numbers, marijuana[[/note]], often featuring unhinged vocals, atonal "melodies", and minimalistic accompaniment. These songs are about as entertaining as they are creepy--and they can be pretty creepy. One of them, his SignatureSong "They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!", was actually a Top 5 hit in 1966. However, Napoleon XIV met his Waterloo when a follow-up single ("I'm in Love With My Little Red Tricycle") and an album (titled after "They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!") both flopped, and a second album intended for 1968 release (which would have been titled ''For God's Sake, Stop the Feces!'') was canceled. Since then, Samuels has worked as a booking agent, although Napoleon XIV briefly resurfaced in TheNineties with ''The Second Coming'', a compilation that combined the 1966 album with tracks intended for ''Feces'' and a few new recordings.
8th Dec '16 6:40:43 PM MarkLungo
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Napoleon XIV was the pseudonym of the American singer and songwriter Jerry Samuels (born 3 May 1938, New York). Samuels started out writing normal love songs; he released a pop record ("Puppy Love") under his own name in 1956, and Creator/SammyDavisJr's version of his song "The Shelter of Your Arms" became a Top 20 hit in 1963. However, the material he recorded as Napoleon XIV is ''very'' different. It consists of agrressively weird novelty songs focusing on mental illness[[note]]and in a few later numbers, marijuana[[/note]], often featuring unhinged vocals, atonal "melodies", and minimalistic accompaniment. These songs are about as entertaining as they are creepy--and they can be pretty creepy. One of them, his SignatureSong "They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!", was actually a Top 5 hit in 1966. However, Napoleon XIV met his Waterloo when a follow-up single ("I'm in Love With My Little Red Tricycle") and an album (titled after "They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!") both flopped, and a second album intended for 1968 release (which would have been titled ''For God's Sake, Stop the Feces!'') was canceled. Since then, Samuels has worked as a booking agent, although Napoleon XIV briefly resurfaced in TheNineties with ''The Second Coming'', a compilation that combined the 1966 album with tracks intended for ''Feces'' and a few new recordings.

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Napoleon XIV was the pseudonym of the American singer and songwriter Jerry Samuels (born 3 May 1938, New York). Samuels started out writing and performing normal love songs; he released a pop record ("Puppy Love") under his own name in 1956, and Creator/SammyDavisJr's version of his song "The Shelter of Your Arms" became a Top 20 hit in 1963. However, the material he recorded as Napoleon XIV is ''very'' different. It consists of agrressively weird novelty songs focusing on mental illness[[note]]and in a few later numbers, marijuana[[/note]], often featuring unhinged vocals, atonal "melodies", and minimalistic accompaniment. These songs are about as entertaining as they are creepy--and they can be pretty creepy. One of them, his SignatureSong "They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!", was actually a Top 5 hit in 1966. However, Napoleon XIV met his Waterloo when a follow-up single ("I'm in Love With My Little Red Tricycle") and an album (titled after "They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!") both flopped, and a second album intended for 1968 release (which would have been titled ''For God's Sake, Stop the Feces!'') was canceled. Since then, Samuels has worked as a booking agent, although Napoleon XIV briefly resurfaced in TheNineties with ''The Second Coming'', a compilation that combined the 1966 album with tracks intended for ''Feces'' and a few new recordings.
8th Dec '16 6:34:25 PM MarkLungo
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Napoleon XIV was the pseudonym of the American singer and songwriter Jerry Samuels (born 3 May 1938, New York). Samuels started out writing normal love songs; he released a pop record ("Puppy Love") under his own name in 1956, and Creator/SammyDavisJr's version of his song "The Shelter of Your Arms" became a Top 20 hit in 1963. However, the material he recorded as Napoleon XIV is ''very'' different. It consists of agrrssively weird novelty songs focusing on mental illness[[note]]and in a few later numbers, marijuana[[/note]], often featuring unhinged vocals, atonal "melodies", and minimalistic accompaniment. These songs are about as entertaining as they are creepy--and they can be pretty creepy. One of them, his SignatureSong "They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!", was actually a Top 5 hit in 1966. However, Napoleon XIV met his Waterloo when a follow-up single ("I'm in Love With My Little Red Tricycle") and an album (titled after "They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!") both flopped, and a second album intended for 1968 release (which would have been titled ''For God's Sake, Stop the Feces!'') was canceled. Since then, Samuels has worked as a booking agent, although Napoleon XIV briefly resurfaced in TheNineties with ''The Second Coming'', a compilation that combined the 1966 album with tracks intended for ''Feces'' and a few new recordings.

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Napoleon XIV was the pseudonym of the American singer and songwriter Jerry Samuels (born 3 May 1938, New York). Samuels started out writing normal love songs; he released a pop record ("Puppy Love") under his own name in 1956, and Creator/SammyDavisJr's version of his song "The Shelter of Your Arms" became a Top 20 hit in 1963. However, the material he recorded as Napoleon XIV is ''very'' different. It consists of agrrssively agrressively weird novelty songs focusing on mental illness[[note]]and in a few later numbers, marijuana[[/note]], often featuring unhinged vocals, atonal "melodies", and minimalistic accompaniment. These songs are about as entertaining as they are creepy--and they can be pretty creepy. One of them, his SignatureSong "They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!", was actually a Top 5 hit in 1966. However, Napoleon XIV met his Waterloo when a follow-up single ("I'm in Love With My Little Red Tricycle") and an album (titled after "They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!") both flopped, and a second album intended for 1968 release (which would have been titled ''For God's Sake, Stop the Feces!'') was canceled. Since then, Samuels has worked as a booking agent, although Napoleon XIV briefly resurfaced in TheNineties with ''The Second Coming'', a compilation that combined the 1966 album with tracks intended for ''Feces'' and a few new recordings.
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