History Music / SpikeJones

2nd Jul '16 3:27:47 PM bt8257
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Lindley Armstrong "Spike" Jones (1911-1965) was a legendary bandleader in the [[TheThirties thirties]], [[TheForties forties]], and [[TheFifties fifties]], and one of the first innovators of novelty music in popular culture - not, by the way, the more recent director. Spike was a master of musical comedy - not in terms of the film genre, where one gets a comedy that happens to feature singing, but in comedy created through music. Like Music/WeirdAlYankovic, Spike was a parodist, and, again, like Weird Al, having your song mocked by Spike was viewed as a necessity before you could really consider yourself to have made it to musical stardom ... although their approaches were wildly different. Weird Al plays the music so straight that if you're not listening closely, you might not notice that it's a parody; whereas Spike wouldn't change the lyrics, but ''would'' take the music out back and mug it. His 1944 hit cover of "Cocktails for Two", originally a nice, sweet song about how Prohibition was over and people could have alcohol on dates again, featured gunshots, gargling, slide whistles, and enough violence done to the musical instruments that he may have violated the Geneva Convention.

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Lindley Armstrong "Spike" Jones (1911-1965) was a legendary bandleader in the [[TheThirties thirties]], [[TheForties forties]], and [[TheFifties fifties]], and one of the first innovators of novelty music in popular culture - not, by the way, the more recent director. Spike was a master of musical comedy - not in terms of the film genre, where one gets a comedy that happens to feature singing, but in comedy created through music. Like Music/WeirdAlYankovic, Spike was a parodist, and, again, like Weird Al, having your song mocked by Spike was viewed as a necessity before you could really consider yourself to have made it to musical stardom ... although their approaches were wildly different. Weird Al plays the music so straight that if you're not listening closely, you might not notice that it's a parody; whereas Spike wouldn't change the lyrics, but ''would'' would take the music ''music'' out back and mug it. His 1944 hit cover of "Cocktails for Two", originally a nice, sweet song about how Prohibition was over and people could have alcohol on dates again, featured gunshots, gargling, slide whistles, and enough violence done to the musical instruments that he may have violated the Geneva Convention.
4th Oct '15 12:43:59 PM SmokestackJones
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* PerspectiveFlip: Often played for laughs. A very BlackComedy example is "My Old Flame," which presents the song as sung by a NoCelebritiesWereHarmed version of PeterLorre as a psychotic SerialKiller who can't remember [[ReminiscingAboutYourVictims which one of his victims the song is about]].

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* PerspectiveFlip: Often played for laughs. A very BlackComedy example is "My Old Flame," which presents the song as sung by a NoCelebritiesWereHarmed version of PeterLorre (voiced by Paul Frees) as a psychotic SerialKiller who can't remember [[ReminiscingAboutYourVictims which one of his victims the song is about]].
19th Aug '15 10:17:31 AM OddHack
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* CluckingFunny: Clucking chickens "sing" a verse or so in a few songs, such as "Rhapsody from Hunger(y)" ("Poet and Peasant Overture")
12th Apr '15 9:25:01 PM Jeduthun
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* {{Corpsing}}: The cover of "I Went To Your Wedding." The original is a sentimental song about going to the wedding of an ex-lover, but in Jones' version, the singer keeps cracking up into increasingly hysterical laughter at how stupid the ex looked and how glad everyone was to get rid of them.
23rd Feb '15 2:11:18 AM Patachou
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* SpokenWordInMusic

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* SpokenWordInMusicShoutOut: In "Up On Cripple Creek" by Music/TheBand from ''[[Music/TheBandAlbum The Band]]'' Spike Jones is referenced. Bessie says: "I don't like the way he sings, but I love to hear him talk."
* SpokenWordInMusic: A lot of his material have sketches.
15th Dec '13 12:30:37 PM gamblorghost
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* BrickJoke: At the end Dance of the Hours, at the end of the race, [[spoiler:after all the cars crash, we hear a horse whinny and the announcer proclaiming the winner as...Feetlebaum, the horse from the William Tell Overture. Especially funny, since this was a car race...]]
23rd Aug '13 8:15:44 AM Phys101
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In the modern day, he is perhaps best known for performing ''[[Disney/DerFuehrersFace Der Fuehrer's Face]]'' in the Disney WartimeCartoon of the same name, though the song was originally written by Oliver Wallace.

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In the modern day, he is perhaps best known for performing a cover of the song ''[[Disney/DerFuehrersFace Der Fuehrer's Face]]'' Face]]'', featured in the Disney WartimeCartoon of the same name, though the song was originally written by Oliver Wallace.
7th Aug '13 1:58:17 PM Jeduthun
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* HailToTheThief: "Der Fuehrer's Face."
7th Aug '13 11:13:24 AM Jeduthun
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* BlowingARaspberry: Used to show disrespect to Hitler in "Der Fuehrer's Face." As this was considered a bit too racy for radio at the time, it had to be {{bowdlerized}} in some recordings to a tuba or kazoo.


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* TheVillainSucksSong: "Der Fuehrer's Face" again.
7th Aug '13 11:10:55 AM Jeduthun
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* AdolfHitlarious: "Not to love der Fuehrer is a great disgrace / So ve heil! (''raspberry'') heil! (''raspberry'') / Right in Disney/DerFuehrersFace."

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* AdolfHitlarious: "Not to love der Fuehrer is a great disgrace / So ve heil! (''raspberry'') (''[[BlowingARaspberry raspberry]]'') heil! (''raspberry'') / Right in Disney/DerFuehrersFace."
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