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Subject: Spike Jones Sighting!
From: Uncle_DaveO
Date: 14 Sep 06 - 08:08 AM

Here's a magnificently funny Spike Jones sighting, featuring the banjo, The Poet and Peasant Overture. See it! Listen to it! Laugh your arse off!

CLICK HERE, QUICK!

Actually, there are other Spike Jones routines on that site too, but this one blew me away!

Dave Oesterreich


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Subject: RE: Spike Jones Sighting!
From: Leadfingers
Date: 14 Sep 06 - 08:59 AM

The Mind Boggles !!! But I want a suit like his !!


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Subject: RE: Spike Jones Sighting!
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 14 Sep 06 - 09:14 AM

Man, what a gas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks so much.... Spike is da man!

Jerry


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Subject: RE: Spike Jones Sighting!
From: Big Mick
Date: 14 Sep 06 - 09:57 AM

Absolutely hilarious!! Shows just how difficult it is to choreograph mayhem. Priceless.

Mick


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Subject: RE: Spike Jones Sighting!
From: Severn
Date: 14 Sep 06 - 12:32 PM

I have a VHS videotape, "The Best Of Spike Jones Volume 1" (Paramount Home Video 12538) that contains TV clips from 1952-1957. I don't know how many were issued in the series, or whether they made it to DVD yet, but it contains versions of "Poet & Peasant", William Tell", a "Hits" medley and a version of "I'm In The Mood For Love" done up as a Liberace parody with the midget Billy Barty on a toy piano and the whipped cream, foam or whatever flying freely.

As far as choreographing the mayhem, this was the era of live TV and you not only see what split second precision went into it all, but the ability of Spike and the Slickers to improvise when a prop like a rubber razzer breaks down in performance or flying food randomly strikes in unexpected places. Those who just thought that the records were marvellous studio concoctions, have seen nothing until they've seen the routines duplicated live. Wonderous stuff! Find all that you can, and please post any further links found. (Thanks, Dave!)


It's a mark of something or another that of all the LPs entered in the Getaway Silent Auction last year, it was a Spike Jones 3 record set that touched off a bidding war. Forget all the Folkie stuff!

(And for Kendall, who lost out-Your tapes of the same material will be gotten to you at this year's Getaway. I haven't forgotten!).


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Subject: RE: Spike Jones Sighting!
From: kendall
Date: 14 Sep 06 - 12:56 PM

I'm sorry but I don't expect to be going to the Getaway. However, I'll catch up with you somewhere.

Spike Jones, ah yes, I have a vinal of his Spike Jones kids the classics. Anyone who can get a tune out of a string of cow bells and a pistol is talented!


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Subject: RE: Spike Jones Sighting!
From: Uncle_DaveO
Date: 14 Sep 06 - 01:06 PM

Spike Jones?    Talented?

You are positively wallowing in understatement!

The conductor Leopold Stokowski once cited Spike Jones as the greatest orchestrator/arranger in the world! And I believe him.

Dave Oesterreich


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Subject: RE: Spike Jones Sighting!
From: leftydee
Date: 14 Sep 06 - 03:00 PM

What a great thing Spike did! Absolutely hilarious! You'd have to be a brilliant musician to incorporate the mayhem and still be able to play!


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Subject: RE: Spike Jones Sighting!
From: fat B****rd
Date: 14 Sep 06 - 04:30 PM

Thankyou for this. The Hawaiian War Chant is my personal favourite.


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Subject: RE: Spike Jones Sighting!
From: kendall
Date: 14 Sep 06 - 04:33 PM

His impression of Peter Lorrie broke me up.


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Subject: RE: Spike Jones Sighting!
From: Bill D
Date: 14 Sep 06 - 05:03 PM

I have this somewhere on Beta video....taped it years ago from some program. There were 5-6 routines done. He is a genius, I agree.....(I used to be able to do the glottal-stop part from Hawaiian War Chant)


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Subject: RE: Spike Jones Sighting!
From: catspaw49
Date: 14 Sep 06 - 05:29 PM

So it's sometime in the mid 50's and I'm a kid laying on the floor in front of our HUGE Philco 13" Black and White console TV and watching Spike....My Old Man is having a laughing seizure. It was a great show and only later did I realize the fabulous musicianship it took to play for Spike Jones.

There are some real (reel) classics on the youtube site including the hilarious "Cocktails for Two" but if you want a real treat go listen to Tommy Pederson play "Flight of the Bumblebee." A longtime sideman for Jones he could have played for anyone, anytime, anywhere...a great trombonist.

Check them all out!!!

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Spike Jones Sighting!
From: robomatic
Date: 14 Sep 06 - 05:48 PM

I grew up almost memorizing "Feetlebaum Bombs In Louisville".

Can you tube videos be downloaded?

Check out: Gracie Allen - Concerto For Index Finger


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Subject: RE: Spike Jones Sighting!
From: sian, west wales
Date: 14 Sep 06 - 05:59 PM

When my older sister was two, and a second child (me) was Being Taken Under Advisement, my mother's brother came to visit and for some strange reason my mother let him and my dad take my sister shopping in the town.

They came back with nothing that was on mum's shopping list, but they did bring back a Spike Jones 78 of Chinese Mule Train, declaring that my sister demanded that they buy it. Ya. Sure. The kid was 2.

It's still around the house somewhere. Hysterically funny, even though it's terribly Politically Incorrect!

sian


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Subject: RE: Spike Jones Sighting!
From: Bill D
Date: 14 Sep 06 - 06:06 PM

There are software programs which will sort out the YouTube addresses, and at least one website that will do it...

try some of these posts from a Freeware group


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Subject: RE: Spike Jones Sighting!
From: Bill D
Date: 14 Sep 06 - 06:13 PM

and this seems to tell you how.


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Subject: RE: Spike Jones Sighting!
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 14 Sep 06 - 07:59 PM

"You'd have to be a brilliant musician to incorporate the mayhem and still be able to play! "

One segment from Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis TV show had their Sax player being 'molested' by them, rolling up his pants legs, etc, while he never even noticed.


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Subject: RE: Spike Jones Sighting!
From: Leadfingers
Date: 14 Sep 06 - 08:25 PM

To play an instrument THAT Badly , deliberately , is something that takes REAL Skill ! All of Spikes Sidemen were top players !!


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Subject: RE: Spike Jones Sighting!
From: John on the Sunset Coast
Date: 14 Sep 06 - 08:49 PM

"Cocktails for Two" and "Chloe" are two of my favorites. But my very most favoritist one is "In Der Fuhrer's Face", wherein evil Adolph gets the razzberry to a happy polka tune.
And yes, they were superb and superbly zany musicians.


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Subject: RE: Spike Jones Sighting!
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 15 Sep 06 - 03:46 PM

"Cocktails for two" is currently being used as backing for a Schweppes advert on UK T.V., choreographed with the preparation of cocktails, including a lime being throw up and two crossed knives placed in the path of its fall to direct 4 sections of lime into separate cocktail glasses.
Very much a la Morecambe & Wise "The Stripper" breakfast routine.

CHEERS
Nigel

Schweppes Advert


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Subject: RE: Spike Jones Sighting!
From: John on the Sunset Coast
Date: 15 Sep 06 - 08:04 PM

Nigel--outstanding!!!! Thanks for the post.


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Subject: Lyr Add: WILD BILL HICCUP (Spike Jones)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 21 Dec 18 - 01:30 PM

You can hear this at YouTube or at The Internet Archive. The latter has an image of the record label.

This “song” is not sung, but it is recited by several characters at a quick pace, accompanied by music and sound effects.


WILD BILL HICCUP
As recorded by Spike Jones and His City Slickers, 1949.

Here is a western we saw last night,
Full of action and dynamite.
We thrilled and nearly stood on our head
From the moment the hero walked in and said:

“I’m Wild Bill Hiccup and I’m brave an’ strong.
I been ridin’ the range for six months long.
I been ridin’ the range a-roundin' up cattle.
I got so many blisters I’m tall in the saddle.”

“I am a villain; I’m mean as can be.
I hate the hero ’cause he sings off key.
I’m an ornery cuss and I’m so full o’ lead,
When a rattlesnake bites me he drops down dead.
Why chewin’ on bullets is my daily routine.
[sound of spitting, and metallic clang] See what I mean?”

“Ugh! Me injun, nice and tan.
Ugh! Me also businessman.
Me take-um scalps to make-um penny,
Sell ’em to man named Jack Benny.”

Our story takes place in a lawless town.
They’ve called on Hiccup to tame things down.
He’s just arrived and who should he meet,
But a no-good outlaw, Poison Pete.

“Pete, I hear you been a-rustlin’ again.”
“And I blew up the bank and I shot twenty men.
I held up the stagecoach and robbed the mail car.”
“One o’ these days you’re gonna go too far.

“So you think that you’re a pretty good fighter?”
“You should ’a’ seen what I did to Pink Ryder.”
“You mean Red Ryder.” “No, he changed his name.
He got faded last week in a big crap game.

“I think you’re a coward through and through.
I’m gonna tell the whole town what I think of you.
[sound of gunshots] So there!”
“Shootin’ off your mouth won’t get you anywhere.

“You better leave town if you want to live,
Or I’ll fill you full o’ holes till you look like a sieve.
My old six-shooter’s just achin’ to spout.”
“You better cover up the muzzle; the candy’s(?) fallin’ out.”

Now the mood of our story changes fast.
Hiccup is back on his ranch at last.
“Well, here I am; I’d better get dressed.
I got a heavy date; I want to look my best.
I’ll take a quick shower and smell like a flower.—
That was a mighty quick shower.

[sound of knocks] “Who’s a-knockin’ at my door?”
“It’s Gopher Annie, the girl you adore.”
“Gopher gal, you’ve changed somehow.”
“Do I look like a cowgirl?”—“No, like a cow.”

“Bill, do you like the perfume in my hair?”
“Is that the perfume you always wear?”
“No, this is stronger; it’s more alive.”
“What do you call it?”—“Corral Number Five.”

“Gal, I can see you been ridin’.”—“’Course,
And I had to put a blindfold on the horse.”
“Blindfold a horse? You’re crazy in the head!”
“If he sees what he’s carryin’, I’m afraid he’ll drop dead.”

“Gal, I loves ya, deep down inside,
And I been needin’ a wife since Old Paint died.”
“Well, stop your stallin’; why don’t you propose?”
“I can’t find a ring the size o’ your nose.

“Anyway, I gotta find Poison Pete.
I think he’s hidin’ at Girdle Creek.”
“Girdle creek? There must be a catch
Is it far from here?”—“It’s quite a stretch.

“Well, here we are; it’s the end o’ the ride.
Pete ’n’ his gang are waitin’ inside.
Now here’s my plan: be as quiet as a mouse.
I’ll sneak in and you surround the house.”

“Here’s your gun.”—“I don’t need a gun.
I’m gonna throw that gang out one by one.”
“I hope you know what you’re talkin’ about.”
“You just count ’em as I throw ’em out.”

[sound of fighting] “One—.”
“Stop countin’! It’s me!”

- - -

The record label says the song is from a film called “Really, Mr. Greely,” but IMDb.com lists no such film.


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