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Written by Kelley Underwood   
Tuesday, 10 October 2006

Spike Jones Spike Jones has long been a favorite of mine. Its not that I listen frequently to his music but more that the music sticks in my head for years. I was first introduced to Spike Jones and his orchestra by my drum instructor, Mitch Markovich, when I was in high school. We frequently went to his house before or after practice and often he would introduce us to some new music (to us). Spike Jones specialized in musical parody. Much like Weird Al Yankovic of recent fame, Spike Jones would take very popular music, like "Laura" or "You Always Hurt the One You Love" and spin them into something completely different. I've been told that Jones would spend hours audtioning various items, such as toilet bowls or revolvers, to find the one that had the perfect pitch and tone quality desired for a particular musical creation.

Spike Jones My mother has told me several times that my father and she attended concerts featuring Spike Jones and his City Slickers on more than one occassion. Last week I found several nuggest from this wacky, perhaps insane, artist. I am familiar with only six of the 13 selections offerred here for your listening enjoyment.

My favorite, is "The William Tell Overture" otherwise know as "Beetle Bomb". This is a great musical story about a horse race was so memorable that it was quoted in a future song by the City Slickers. 

For any Old-Tme Radio fans,

Spike Jones was at one time the percussionist on the "Fibber McGee and Molly" Radio Show.

Spike Jones was at one time the percussionist on the "Fibber McGee and Molly" Radio Show. Occassionally the show would feature one of his zany instrumentals on the air. I'll try to dig through my Fibber collection and find a couple.

To audition any of the songs listed below just click the green play button to the left of the song title. Due to the way Internet Explorer works you may need to click on the button once to activate it and again to start the song. Likewise you may need to click the icon twice slowly to get the song to stop playing.

"Play Sound" (Mini-MP3-Player 1.2 ©Ute Jacobi)

Pal-Yat-Chee (1950)

"Play Sound" (Mini-MP3-Player 1.2 ©Ute Jacobi)

All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth (1948)

"Play Sound" (Mini-MP3-Player 1.2 ©Ute Jacobi)

And The Great Big Saw (1944)

"Play Sound" (Mini-MP3-Player 1.2 ©Ute Jacobi)

Behind Those Swinging Doors (1941)

"Play Sound" (Mini-MP3-Player 1.2 ©Ute Jacobi)


Cocktails For Two (1944)

"Play Sound" (Mini-MP3-Player 1.2 ©Ute Jacobi)

Dance of the Hours (1949)

"Play Sound" (Mini-MP3-Player 1.2 ©Ute Jacobi)

Der Führer's Face (1942)

"Play Sound" (Mini-MP3-Player 1.2 ©Ute Jacobi)

Hawaiian War Chant (1946)

"Play Sound" (Mini-MP3-Player 1.2 ©Ute Jacobi)

Holiday for Strings (1944)

"Play Sound" (Mini-MP3-Player 1.2 ©Ute Jacobi)

Hotcha Cornial (Black Eyes) (1944)

"Play Sound" (Mini-MP3-Player 1.2 ©Ute Jacobi)

Leave the Dishes in the Sink Ma (1944)

"Play Sound" (Mini-MP3-Player 1.2 ©Ute Jacobi)

The Sheik of Araby (1941)

"Play Sound" (Mini-MP3-Player 1.2 ©Ute Jacobi)

Wild Bill Hiccup (1949)

"Play Sound" (Mini-MP3-Player 1.2 ©Ute Jacobi)

William Tell Overture (1947)

"Play Sound" (Mini-MP3-Player 1.2 ©Ute Jacobi)

You Always Hurt the One You Love (1946)
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