From Japanese rock band The Telephones comes the electro-pop single “Don’t Stop The Move, Keep On Dancing!!!”, which was released back in 2013 and which boasted a playfully retro music video. The song itself is infectious and tons of fun but add to that a video that’s a genius 80’s spoof from start to finish and you’ve got yourself the most irresistible 2 minutes you’ll sit through today.
Here’s another classic Steve Martin tune for you guys: “Ramblin’ Man” (or Ramblin’ Guy) was often played in the comedian’s early stand-up shows but it also made an appearance when Martin was a special guest on The Muppet Show. It’s a hilarious banjo-led nonsense song which can be found on the brilliant album Let’s Get Small.
Hey, this guy is good!
From Paul Simon‘s 1986 album Graceland, “You Can Call Me Al” is still one of the artist’s most recognisable tracks and it is a good one: fun, catchy, varied, boasting a kickass bass solo. That being said, it’s the video and its simplicity which sells it as Simon and Chevy Chaseenter a room as the latter lip-syncs the entire song with all the old Chevy Chase charm which made the 80’s that little bit more awesome.
One of the first clear proofs that Flight Of The Conchords was not just some weird yet clever TV show but a goldmine for genius parody tunes was “Robots” which saw Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement in cardboard robot suits singing about the distant future and the depressing state of humanity in said distant future.
Spoilers: the humans are dead.
Including a classy binary solo and some unexpected but very welcome burst of “robo-boogie”, Robots is simply unmissable.
One of the many memorable musical masterpieces to come out of classic mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap was “Big Bottom” by the iconic pseudo hard rock band Spinal Tap. The performance in the film sees guitars slapping Christopher Guest‘s butt, Harry Shearer rocking a double neck guitar and Michael McKean excelling at singing about rear ends like no-one else.
This is, indeed, Spinal Tap.
Back in 1978, Steve Martin released the classic joke hit that is “King Tut”, a masterpiece to rival the pyramids themselves, to be sure. Originally performed on SNL, the song reached number 17 in the charts and can be found on Martin’s comedy album A Wild And Crazy Guy. The novelty song may be irresistible but it works best when coupled with Martin’s funky dance moves.
One of the many memorable moments from Trey Parker and Matt Stone‘s hugely successful musical The Book Mormon is “Hasa Diga Eebowai”, a song which works on so many levels: as a biting “Hakuna Matata” spoof, as a joyful hymn to atheism, as a hilariously graphic and vulgar piece of comedy, as a violent clash of philosophies for the mormon characters in the play. It’s definitely one of those so-wrong-it’s-so-right tracks and it’s unlikely another song from The Book Of Mormon won’t qualify as Song Of The Day eventually so watch this space.