Please recommend some novelty (or otherwise unusual) swing music

Discussion in 'Swing Discussion Boards' started by RoyHarper, Apr 13, 2011.

  1. RoyHarper

    RoyHarper Member

    I'd like to expand my swing music library -- partly for my own enjoyment, and partly so that I can practice matching different rhythms in creative ways. For this reason, I'd like to add some more novelty swing music. By this, I mean swing tunes that are humorous or otherwise have some sort of quirky, unusual quality.

    One example would be the Spider-Man theme as performed by Michael Buble. Or "Conjunction Junction" from Schoolhouse Rock.

    Any other recommendations?
     
  2. Dancelf

    Dancelf Member

    East Coast and Lindy preferred?

    making no promises....

    Suffrin' til Suffrage is to my mind the best of the School House Rock anthology.

    Mahna Mahna - Cake has a good cover here.
    Be Like a Duck - Philadelphia Chickens (Sandra and Keith Boynton)
    Can You Picture That - Dr Teeth and the Electric Mayhem
    Secret Agent Man - Bruno (Bruce Willis)
     
  3. RoyHarper

    RoyHarper Member

    Yep, ECS and lindy preferred. (I consider "Secret Agent Man" to be more of a jive tune -- at least, the original version by Johnny Rivers -- but that's a piddling distinction and it still qualifies! Thanks!)

    BTW, another novelty song that I find swingable is Weird Al Yankovic's "Skipper Dan."
     
  4. Martel

    Martel New Member

    Depending on how novelty you want to get, Richard Cheese has some interesting stuff. He does lounge versions of Hip Hop and Metal songs, some of which sorta swing. His version of Baby got Back is interesting to swing dance to.
     
  5. Spitfire

    Spitfire Well-Known Member

    How about Monster Mash, good for ECS.
     
  6. kpm

    kpm New Member

    Brother Yusef's CD Kids Get the Blues Too has a lot of nusery rhyme type songs set to up tempo blues that might work for you.
     
  7. Phil Owl

    Phil Owl Active Member

  8. RoyHarper

    RoyHarper Member

    Thanks for the suggestions, folks.

    I should mention a few other novelty selections of mine:

    • "Mr. Heatmiser" by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. A real riot!
    • "Put Down the Duckie" from Sesame Street
    • The Puppini Sisters' offbeat rendition of "I Will Survive"
    • The Theme from Sesame Street, as performed by the Swing Shift Big Band
     
  9. Ray Sison

    Ray Sison New Member

    "Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens" by Lisa Stansfield...
     
  10. kpm

    kpm New Member

    A Chicken Ain't Nothing but a Bird - Cab Calloway
     
  11. Ray Sison

    Ray Sison New Member

    Not familiar with the song, but the title sounds interesting... :)
     
  12. bordertangoman

    bordertangoman Well-Known Member

    Johnny Got A Boom Boom: Imelda May
     
  13. Phil Owl

    Phil Owl Active Member

    Dr. Chumley's Night Out - Victrola
     
  14. tsb

    tsb Well-Known Member

    jim croce's: leroy brown
     
  15. someoldsong

    someoldsong New Member

    "She Cant Fix Grits" - Rick Strickland

    Thats a famous carolina shag song but its upbeat and very funny.
     
  16. Sagitta

    Sagitta Well-Known Member

    So I have looked at this list and would like some more ideas.

    Couple that I like that haven't been mentioned:

    1. full of lead by paolo nutini
    On youtbe at

    2. Triton - Mari Nica Swing
    On youtube at

    Any more suggestions from anyone?
     
  17. mjnemeth

    mjnemeth Member

    Since I grew-up in the 50's: Purple People eater and yellow polka dot bikini.
    I think Spike Jones songs may be TOO weird and and undanceable but give a listen
     
  18. leee

    leee Active Member

    Led Zeppelin - "Hats Off to Roy Harper"
     

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