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As the title says... 

I was having a conversation with a mate about music that is fundamentally cheesy, or novelty based... but still has a certain amount of musicality, cleverness or/and credibility about it. Has anybody got some examples that they want to throw into the mix?

I offer up one of the first tracks I came up with... The Piranhas with Zambezi. From you can tell from the get go, they are firmly placing themselves tongue in cheek in their appearance... but the song stands up... well imho anyway.

Any other suggestions of songs that are on the cusp?

 

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I agree that the drummer in a chicken suit is a good way to signal that you are not taking it too seriously. I think in another TOTP appearance the drummer played at the front , topless - using fish as drumsticks.

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Just now, Nail Soup said:

I agree that the drummer in a chicken suit is a good way to signal that you are not taking it too seriously. I think in another TOTP appearance the drummer played at the front , topless - using fish as drumsticks.

Indeed - Tom Hark. I didn't include that one, based on the fact it was a cover, despite it being their err... breakout track.

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2 minutes ago, EBS_freak said:

Indeed - Tom Hark. I didn't include that one, based on the fact it was a cover, despite it being their err... breakout track.

Yes Tom Hark was one that made them into global super stars!

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1 minute ago, Nail Soup said:

Yes Tom Hark was one that made them into global super stars!

Richard Slexia messing about on TOTP playbacks before it was cool. 

 

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I offer you: Ekseption.
Half their output were pop songs based on classical themes, with jazz impros in the middle. Based on tackiness, they still knew what music was, and were great players to boot.
Have no sound on my laptop, and can only hope the vid shows the correct song, IMHO a well-crafted reworking of a Beethoven melody.

BTW, the other half of their output, their own songs, to me are sometimes very forgettable, and sometimes as intensely beautiful today as they were fifty years ago.

 

 

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Ariel - Dean Freedman

With lines such as "She was collecting quarters in a paper cup
She was looking for change and so was I..."

"She wore a peasant blouse with nothing underneath
I said "Hi", she said, "Yeah, I guess I am" "

"She was sitting in a corner against the wall
She would smile and I melted all over the floor"

Pure 70s wet pop.

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1 hour ago, Nail Soup said:

I agree that the drummer in a chicken suit is a good way to signal that you are not taking it too seriously. I think in another TOTP appearance the drummer played at the front , topless - using fish as drumsticks.

 

if my stomach was still that flat, I'd probably spend a bit more time topless too...

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Anything with Deon Estus on bass usually pretty good...

 

 

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1 hour ago, EBS_freak said:

Indeed - Tom Hark. I didn't include that one, based on the fact it was a cover, despite it being their err... breakout track.

Zambezi was actually a cover too - was from the 1950’s by Lou Busch. 🙂

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Posted (edited)

Rap, before 'dudes' wore their trousers around their ankles and wrapped themselves up in bling.

:D

 

The arrangement is credible and stands up (IMO, of course).

 

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56 minutes ago, BassTractor said:

Laurie Anderson: "O Superman (for Massenet)"

 

No, no, NOOOOO!!

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3 hours ago, TheGreek said:

No, no, NOOOOO!!

No no no no, no no no no,
no no no no, no no no no,
no no no no, no no no no,
no no no no, no no no no Superma'an ...

 

 

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2 hours ago, casapete said:

Zambezi was actually a cover too - was from the 1950’s by Lou Busch. 🙂

Oh man, I just gone off to listen to it. My grandpa used to have this on an old 78 and I never clocked. What a moron! I prefer boring Bob's take on it though! :P

 

 

At 1:17, I suddenly feel like I'm in the Lovebug movie.... 

It's not just me who hears the same vibe? Is it...?

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It's guilty pleasures, isn't it 😃 I loves me a Bossa, I do.

 

 

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Just now, Bilbo said:

It's guilty pleasures, isn't it 😃 I loves me a Bossa, I do.

 

 

Now that's a prelude to pornography if I ever heard it...

Hmm... "a prelude to pornography" sounds like the title to my next song...

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Posted (edited)

Get the trumpet solo on this...

 

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Recently mentioned in another thread, but stuff like "Livin' it Up" by Bert Kaempfert.
Easy Listening in style, incredibly cheesy, and still just wow.
 

Also this Mantovani thing called "Charmaine".
...and since I now speak of what is essentially ballroom or lounge music:
almost the complete output by Max Raabe, with songs like "In meiner Badewanne bin ich Kapitän" (in my bathtub, I am the captain 😀 )

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