Our Song Of The Day for today is “Funk Fujiyama”, a funky Japanese tune released in 1989 by Kome Kome Club, one of the only bands in Japan who tackled soul and funk with great success back in the day. The song is quite simply tons of fun and it’s impossible not to love it right away with its bouncy rhythm and those energetic vocals plus the band itself is a riot when playing live. Gamers might remember the track from Youtuber JewWario‘s “You Can Play This” reviews.
The title track from Alice Cooper‘s 1991 album Hey Stoopid certainly has a lot going for it: a silly, instantly memorable title, cameo appearances by Slash and Ozzy Osbourne, who provides some backing vocals on the song, but also a reliably absurd and fun video. It was the most successful single on the album and it’s easy to see why.
Check it out, stoopid.
That David Devant & His Spirit Wife‘s popularity didn’t increase past the good old Britpop days is a shame as they were always a lot of fun. Their songs were usually packed with tons of surreal silliness and biting piss-takery and our Song Of The Day, “Ginger”, is no exception. Think Blur with more of a New Wavy vibe and less straight-up art school douchiness.
You can find the track on the band’s 1997 album Work, Lovelife, Miscellaneous.
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.
Although it’s William Shatner‘s music career which most recall post-Star Trek, Leonard Nimoy did rock out to some pretty random tunes as well. From the pretty awesome album Mr. Spock’s Music From Outer Space, a gem everybody should really own, comes “Highly Illogical”, a song in which Mr. Spock himself questions humanity’s logic. It’s very 60’s and completely adorable.