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#1 darkandrew

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Posted 19 March 2017 - 04:36 PM

Spinning off at a tangent to the Chuck Berry thread;

So Chuck Berry had his ding-a-ling, David Bowie had his laughing gnome and Paul McCartney had his Frog Chorus but what other "comedy" songs have otherwise credible artists released?

By the way, despite considerable evidence to the contrary, I'm not sure that Duran Duran's cover of Public Enemy's "911 is a joke" counts as a comedy song.


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Posted 19 March 2017 - 05:16 PM

Chicken in Black by Johnny Cash.
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Posted 19 March 2017 - 05:53 PM

Ya Mama by Pharcyde. Funny as you like!
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Posted 19 March 2017 - 06:06 PM

Does Hole In My Shoe by Traffic count ?
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Posted 19 March 2017 - 07:02 PM

Do these two by Frank Z count ?
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Posted 19 March 2017 - 07:40 PM

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Posted 19 March 2017 - 07:50 PM

Hi ho silver lining. I didn't listen to jeff beck for ages thinking that was representative. I made up for it though.
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Posted 19 March 2017 - 07:59 PM

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Posted 19 March 2017 - 08:29 PM

Syd Barrett's Effervescing Elephant?

Perhaps more quirky than comedy, but it always makes me smile.

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Posted 19 March 2017 - 10:07 PM

Ronnie Hilton's general career was pretty 'straight' even though many only know him for the song about mice in a windmill. He did apparently also do a cover of the laughing gnome....
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Posted 19 March 2017 - 10:12 PM

View PostFreddy Le Cragg, on 19 March 2017 - 05:16 PM, said:

Chicken in Black by Johnny Cash.

Boy named sue and one piece at a time are also pretty comedic.
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Posted 19 March 2017 - 10:44 PM

Toy Dolls' Nelly the Elephant?
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Posted 19 March 2017 - 11:15 PM

View PostKevB, on 19 March 2017 - 10:12 PM, said:


Boy named sue and one piece at a time are also pretty comedic.

Beat me to it...

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Posted 20 March 2017 - 01:51 AM

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Posted 20 March 2017 - 09:07 PM

How about, Bo-o-riss The Spider by the Who?

And, I know that it started off its life on a fan club Christmas flexi-disc but The Beatles "You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)" made it onto the Past Masters CD and into The Beatles Complete. And, of course, Yellow Submarine.

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Posted 20 March 2017 - 09:16 PM

What about the press rat and worthog

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Posted 21 March 2017 - 07:14 PM

Whisper it quietly; Slade were once so desperate to have a hit that they released (more than once) a version of the "Okey Cokey".
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Posted 21 March 2017 - 08:42 PM

Would Quo's 'In The Army Now' count?

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Posted 21 March 2017 - 08:56 PM

There's a couple on early ac/dc albums, but this is probably the stand out.



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Posted 21 March 2017 - 09:20 PM

 Cato, on 21 March 2017 - 08:56 PM, said:

There's a couple on early ac/dc albums, but this is probably the stand out.


Of course! I'd forgotten about that one.

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Posted 21 March 2017 - 09:56 PM

'Do you want your auld lobby washed down' by Brendan Shine. Complete and utter rubbish but still very popular with dancers.

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Posted 22 March 2017 - 09:46 AM

A mot
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Posted 22 March 2017 - 11:47 AM



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Posted 22 March 2017 - 03:49 PM

View PostTrevorR, on 19 March 2017 - 11:15 PM, said:

Beat me to it...

Now I think of it didn't Cash do a whole album of light hearted stuff, something about nuts?
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Posted 22 March 2017 - 05:23 PM

Buzzcocks did a song called Mother of Turds, but it's only been released on a rarities collection. It was just Diggle, Garvey and Maher sat by a piano during a break in recording.

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Posted 22 March 2017 - 07:29 PM

In a similar fashion, wasn't Alright by Supergrass originally made up during a long recording session to 'protest' about being locked in the studio during a long, hot summer?
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Posted 22 March 2017 - 07:30 PM

In a similar fashion, wasn't Alright by Supergrass originally made up during a long recording session to 'protest' about being locked in the studio during a long, hot summer?
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Posted 22 March 2017 - 08:51 PM

I wonder where comedy ends and crass (not the anarchic punk band) starts, how about Long Haired Lover From Liverpool?

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Posted Yesterday, 12:11 PM

View Postdarkandrew, on 19 March 2017 - 04:36 PM, said:


By the way, despite considerable evidence to the contrary, I'm not sure that Duran Duran's cover of Public Enemy's "911 is a joke" counts as a comedy song.

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Posted Yesterday, 12:31 PM

Friggin' In The Riggin' by the post-Rotten remnants of The Sex Pistols.





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