History Music / NapoleonXIV

15th Dec '17 9:09:01 PM snichols1973
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* BedlamHouse: The chorus of "They're Coming To Take Me Away, Ha Ha":
-->They're coming to take me away, ha ha,\\
They're coming to take me away, [[LaughingMad ha haa, hee hee, ho ho]]\\
To the funny farm, where life is beautiful all the time,\\
And I'll be happy to see those nice young men in their clean, white coats\\
And they're coming to take me away...\\
To the happy home with trees and flowers and chirping birds,\\
And basket weavers who sit and smile and twiddle their thumbs and toes\\
And they're coming to take me away ha haaa!
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.
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