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[[caption-width-right:350:Dada-da da da da, OI!]]

->"Dada, da dump dump dump! I am your singing telegram!" [[KilledMidSentence ]]\\
-- '''Singing Telegram Girl''', ''Film/{{Clue}}''

This is the six note Intro Fanfare to a Song and Dance number. (Actually it's a somewhat shortened version of an older 16-note intro, the shorter version being the more common these days.) Three notes of the same pitch, then up a full, up a half, up a half. "Dadum dadum dum dum!" It's rather ubiquitous, and originates from [[OlderThanRadio vaudeville]] or perhaps even earlier. In vaudeville it was known as the [[http://www.audiosparx.com/sa/play/port_lofi.cfm/sound_iid.258063 "Minsky Pickup"]] (undoubtedly named after [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minsky%27s_Burlesque Minsky's Burlesque]] and perhaps originating there), but it has also been called the [[BillBailey "Cockney Intro."]]

The Minsky Pickup can also be used as an ending, with the final two notes sharpened.

Related to StockSoundEffects, StandardSnippet. See ShaveAndAHaircut for an equally ubiquitous ending.

Not to be confused with ''this'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fq1GmnrwxW4 Minsky Pickup]].
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!!Examples:

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[[folder: Advertisement ]]

* Back in the TheSeventies, there was a TV spot for Chef Boy-ar-dee's Beefaroni and Beef-o-getti that had kids singing about which was their favorite, with a MinskyPickup leading into the last lines of the song.
* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvQ5wQfWWI0 theme]] for the Japanese retailer Sofmap.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* In the movie ''Film/{{Clue}}'', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ui337e5D50E the singing telegram lady sings it]] just before she sings, "I am your singing telegram!"
* In ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'', the Camelot song: "(Dadum dah dump dump dump) We're knights of the Round Table/We dance whene'er we're able..."
* In ''AShotInTheDark'', there's a Minsky Pickup just before the crow poops on Clouseau's head.
* In the biopic ''Joplin'', two pianists in a bar each perform this riff, alternating five times in rapid succession, in order to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOi9K7yZ6QA begin the piano duel.]]
* The production of Romeo and Juliet in ''Film/HotFuzz'' ends with a rendition of Lovefool that opens and closes with the riff.
* During a pep talk/demo from one burlesque dancer to another in ''Film/TheIndestructibleMan'', appropriately.

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* In the ''TheHoneymooners'' episode called [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_$99,000_Answer "The $99,000 Answer"]] (after the fictional TV show Ralph is going on), when Ralph is cramming for an appearance on a game show where he has to identify songs, Norton is helping him by playing songs on the piano. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KF6ITeJ7EM0#t=16m45s EACH song is preceeded by Norton "Warming Up"]] which consists of the notes of "Way Down Upon the Swanee River" followed by "dadum, dadum dum dum!"
** (FWIW it's the only ''Honeymooners'' episode that has its own page on TheOtherWiki.)
** Incidentally, there's an inside joke in that clip: The third song Ed plays for Ralph, that Ralph has trouble getting, is "Melancholy Serenade" - the theme song from The Jackie Gleason Show.
* Whenever Fred, Ethel or Lucy would do a song on the ''ILoveLucy'' show they almost always started by singing a Minsky Pickup.
** Considering Fred and Ethel were supposedly retired vaudevillians, this was entirely reasonable.
* In ''WhoseLineIsItAnyway'' (US version), each of the Show-Stopping Numbers start off with the six note version.
* It's in the beginning of ''TheMuppetShow'' theme song.
* ''MysteryScienceTheater3000'' - From the episode where they watch ''InvasionOfTheNeptuneMen'':
--> Crow: So, uh, do either of you guys know any songs about StockFootage that could get us through this?
--> Tom: Oh, I know a song about stock footage! It goes like this! Didit, da dit dit dit--EAT IT MOVIE! TAKE THIS STUPID LITTLE COCKROACH OF A FILM, ROLL IT UP SOOOOOO TIGHT, AND THEN RAM IT RIGHT UP YOUR--(breaks down sobbing).
* It was in the intro to ''TheGongShow'' theme.
* Played on the piano at the start of the solicitor's song ("a __ I would be") in ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus''; the same snippet was used in the "Pythonizer" on their ''Complete Waste of Time'' CD-ROM as a customization sound effect and keystroke noise.

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[[folder: Radio ]]

* In ''Radio/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' original radio series ("Fit the Ninth"), the "Share and Enjoy" song starts with an out-of-tune variation - and then gets worse.

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[[folder: Comedy ]]

* BillBailey calls it "the Cockney intro" in his [[http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&videoID=1364660853 Cockney Music]] sketch (40s in), and as such it also opens the theme he composed for East London-set sitcom ''World of Pub''.
** And then there's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8n2XJWLRzPM this.]] One of the few to actually use "OI!"

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[[folder: Music ]]

* It's within the intro of DoctorSteel's song, "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBSiPkexsKw The Dr. Steel Show]]".
* Music/WeirdAlYankovic uses it in at least two of his polka medleys - "The Alternative Polka"[[note]]Long form, between "You Oughta Know" and "Bullet With Butterfly Wings"[[/note]] and "Polka Your Eyes Out". [[note]]Short form, in the beginning during "Cradle of Love"[[/note]]
* At the beginning of Buzz Clifford's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybfS7eYQuhY "Baby Sittin' Boogie"]]
* Paul Hindemith uses it in his "Foxtrot" for piano.
* IanDuryAndTheBlockheads' "There Ain't Half Been Some Clever Bastards" ends with a Minksy pickup.
* The "12th Street Rag" starts off with the long version of the pickup.
** In [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWVFEVWJMz8 this version]] of the rag, it come right before the finale (at the 50 second mark).
* A [[SuspiciouslySimilarSong variation]] of the long form appears near the end of Spike Jones' "The Black And Blue Danube Waltz."
** "Jones Polka" makes something of an OverlyLongGag out of the pickup, starting about a half-minute in.
** Several other songs done by Spike Jones have a spot in the middle where the song suddenly shifts into a fast gear and uses the pickup preceded by a bar of squeeze horns.
* "Nothing From Nothing" by Billy Preston begins with the long version of the pickup.
* In Music/PDQBach's Capriccio "La Pucelle de New Orleans," the 4-bar version of the pickup is one of the Dixieland band's intrusions.
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Soy3PHV3RiM I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die Rag]]" by Country Joe and the Fish starts off using the longer version of the pickup.
* It can be heard at the beginning of Jacques Brel's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRCBpMmhrgg&feature=related "Madeleine."]]
* Occurs towards the end of TheBeachBoys' "Look (Song For Children)".
* EmilieAutumn's "Girls! Girls! Girls!", a 19th-century style showtune based on the practice of opening mental asylums to the public as a freakshow, ends with this.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* The classic ''SuperMarioBros'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MiAxiGZKpGQ theme]] starts with [[SuspiciouslySimilarSong a variation on the Minsky Pickup]].
** The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lhbYWbPmkE theme]] of ''SuperMarioLand2'''s intro stage uses a sped-up version of the classic snippet.
* Used verbatim in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgjSs8nlDHw&feature=related the Athletic Theme]] from ''VideoGame/SuperMarioLand2''.
* Used in a number of ''VideoGame/{{Parodius}}'' characters' themes, such as Koitsu's. Many of them [[SuspiciouslySimilarSong slight alterations]].
* Elmyra's theme in the first ''TinyToonAdventures'' NES game starts off with the long version of this.
* The second bar of the main theme of ''[[VideoGame/WarioLand Wario Land 2]]'', note for note.
* This kicks off the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRO9Osqq6fM title theme]] of ''VideoGame/KirbysAdventure'' (and ''[[VideoGameRemake Nightmare in Dream Land]]'').
* One of the default shop themes in [[RPGMaker RPG Maker 2000]] has this intro.
* The song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-M3Bq71tyA Candy Floss]] from the ''VideoGame/ThemeHospital'' soundtrack uses this intro.

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[[folder: Theater ]]

* ''Theatre/TheMusicMan'' has this in the "Shipoopi" dance music, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Jj622vbrrU#t=3m29s just before Hill and Marian start dancing together.]]
* Also begins the show ''Theatre/AChorusLine''. "Again!"
* "Wrong Note Rag" from ''Wonderful Town'' uses a modulating version as a recurring break.
* ''Theatre/{{Gypsy}}'', being a show about vaudeville, inevitably uses the Minsky pickup once, at the start of the Farmboys' number (but not in the Minsky's striptease sequence).
* ''Theatre/OneTouchOfVenus'' uses an off-key variation on the long version as a turnaround in "Way Out West In Jersey."

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[[folder: Web Original ]]

* ''TheDementedCartoonMovie'': Just as the Zeeky Boogy Doog song starts.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* The intro to the ''{{Popeye}}'' theme contains these notes.
* Used in ''Pontoffel Pock, Where Are You?'' as the musical password to Pock's piano.
* In the first ''{{Shrek}}'' movie, Robin Hood's song starts off like this, as does the "Welcome to Duloc" information booth.
* "Prince Ali" from ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' features this in the last line of the introductory verse: "Are you gonna love this guy!"
* The opening credits of ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc'' begin with a [[SuspiciouslySimilarSong slight variation]].

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