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. 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.

Technically, most of his music isn't so much ''parody'' as it is ''travesty'' (in the technical definition of the word, without the modern connotation of meanness or butchery). He would play the tune with the correct notes and the original lyrics, but in such an out-of-left-field musical style that the music itself was the joke, much like Weird Al's polkas. Parody, by contrast, involves changing the lyrics of an existing song, which is what Weird Al is most famous for. Spike Jones engaged in some parody, but it was in his travesties where his style really soared.

His band, the City Slickers, were a corporate example of HollywoodToneDeaf. They were all, Spike included, absolute top-notch players -- you ''had'' to be to pull off the scripted cacophony of his scores, mastering the split-second timing and making the proceedings funny rather than totally anarchic. Their musicianship is evident on those rare occasions when they played a passage or (even rarer) an entire number "straight." In fact, Spike formed an alternate orchestra in 1946 under the name "Spike Jones and his Other Orchestra" which played seriously in an attempt to show the world he could produce legitimate music, but the public didn't care and it folded shortly thereafter, having only released two singles. (For a condensed illustration of "straight" vs."Spike" styles, listen to the brief trombone solo in the [[ intro to "That Old Black Magic."]] He starts out with a tone and technique sounding like the great Tommy Dorsey, but in just a few bars quickly degenerates into the "slowly dying engine of a WWI biplane" tone more commonly heard in the band's recordings.)

In the modern day, he is perhaps best known for performing a BreakawayPopHit cover of the song "Disney/DerFuehrersFace," featured in the Disney WartimeCartoon of the same name, though the song was originally written by Oliver Wallace.

Another famous routine is "William Tell Overture", featuring a horse race commentary by fellow comedian Doodles Weaver stacked with jokes about the horses' names and ending in a surprise win for TheAllegedSteed Feetlebaum.

And around Christmas, you've probably heard "All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth".

Spike, over his long career, did live performances, radio, a bit of film work, and appeared on TV for several years. A live performance was a sight to behold, with Spike both conducting and also handling many of the oddball percussion instruments, madly racing around the stage in his trademark loud-patterned Zoot Suit (which he continued to wear long after the Zoot had passed its 15 minutes of fashion fame), often vigorously chewing a wad of bubble gum (Spike wes a chain smoker who found masticating the gum was the only thing that helped get him through performances when smoking would have been inconvenient and awkward.)

Not to be confused with the more contemporary film director Creator/SpikeJonze.
!!Spike Jones and his City Slickers provide examples of:

* AdolfHitlarious: "Not to love der Fuehrer is a great disgrace / So ve heil! (''[[BlowingARaspberry raspberry]]'') heil! (''raspberry'') / Right in Disney/DerFuehrersFace."
* TheAllegedSteed: Feetlebaum in "William Tell Overture" and, strangely, at the end of "Dance of the Hours[[note]]Spike's version takes place at an ''automobile race''[[/note]]."
* AndStarring:
** On "Clink, Clink, Another Drink" Creator/MelBlanc is guest vocalist.
** On "Portia and the Hollywood Wolf" Creator/BasilRathbone is guest narrator.
* AtTheOperaTonight: The song "Pal-Yat-Chee" is a summary of the plot of the opera ''{{Theatre/Pagliacci}}'' told from the perspective of two country-and-western fans trapped in the theatre. Those fans are played by Homer and Jethro, who would enjoy fame of their own in the 1950s and 1960s with their own parodies of popular songs (by way of the lyrics, as Music/WeirdAlYankovic would do years later).
* BanisterSlide: The City Slickers' version of "All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth" has a spoken lead-in explaining that the loss of the teeth was due to one of these gone wrong.
* 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.
* BreakingTheFourthWall:
** In Spike's parody of "Ghost Riders In The Sky" one of the vocalists asks: "When do I come in, partner?", whereupon the other replies: "In this song it don't matter, partner, go ahead!"
** In "The Funnies" ComicStrip/DickTracy is tortured by listening to a Spike Jones record.
* 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...]]
* CluckingFunny: Clucking chickens "sing" a verse or so in a few songs, such as "Rhapsody from Hunger(y)" ("Poet and Peasant Overture")
* {{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.
* EverythingIsAnInstrument: If it makes a goofy sound, it's fair game. Breaking glass, champagne corks, car horns, bird calls, gargling, tuned wine glasses, starter pistols, kitchen utensils, hiccuping....
* ElectronicSpeechImpediment: Sped up voices are regularly used for comedic effect.
* HailToTheThief: "Der Fuehrer's Face."
* HurricaneOfPuns: The race commentary in "William Tell Overture". Girdle in the stretch, Apartment House with plenty of room, Assault and Battery tied for fifth, Banana coming up through the bunch...
* {{Lampshaded}} FridgeLogic: a natural practice of {{Parodies}}.
--> "Rub-a-dub dub. Three men in a tub. How unsanitary." \\
"Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold. Peas porridge in the pot nine days old. [[{{Squick}} PU!]]"
* LyricalDissonance: The lyrics of the original song are usually sung seriously with the sound effects and extra added jokes as contrast.
* {{Mondegreen}}: "Feetlebaum" is very easy to mishear as "Beetlebaum".
* ObnoxiousInLaws: "William Tell Overture" includes a joke about a nag.. er.. racehorse named Mother-in-Law. [[note]]ARK ARK ARK ARK ARK![[/note]]
* TheParody
* PerspectiveFlip: Often played for laughs. A very BlackComedy example is "My Old Flame," which presents the song as sung by a NoCelebritiesWereHarmed version of Creator/PeterLorre (voiced by Paul Frees) as a psychotic SerialKiller who can't remember [[ReminiscingAboutYourVictims which one of his victims the song is about]].
* ReferenceOverdosed
* RockMeAmadeus: A collection of parodies of ClassicalMusic (anticipating Music/PDQBach by quite a while) appears in the album, "Spike Jones is Murdering the Classics."
* ShoutOut: 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.
* TangledFamilyTree: "None But the Lonely Heart"
* TheVillainSucksSong: "Der Fuehrer's Face" again.
* ThoseWackyNazis: Mocked in "Der Fuehrer's Face."
* WorldOfChaos: It all sounds hectic and noisy.
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: Very 1940s and 1950s.