More Looney Tunes (How to Do a Cover Version edition)

Back on Halloween, I posted a song from a compilation album , called “Looney Tunes” that I got given as a kid, which sparked a bit of interest, so as requested, and as promised, I said I’d post a few more tunes from it.

A few of the acts feature twice: The Coasters, David Seville (although on one of the tunes he’s accompanied by The Chipmunks), Nervous Norvus, and the starting point for this post: The Rivingtons.

When I posted back on Halloween, regular Chain Gang contributor Alyson from “What’s It All About, Alfie” commented thus:

“I’ve been trying to work out what that song that goes Papa-Oom-Maw-Maw is called for years and it turns out it’s just that – Don’t know how it could fit into The Chain but I’m going to try as I want to hear it again! One of the tunes of my childhood listening to Junior Choice.”

(Me, my brother and two of our friends had a joint birthday party when we were kids; my Mum wrote into Junior Choice and the sadly missed Ed “Stewpot” Stewart – another victim of 2016 – read it out. But that, my first glimpse of fame, is a story for another time. Although I have pretty much just told you all of the key points.)

Now Alyson has just reached the milestone of her 100th post, so it seemed an apt moment for me to fulfil my promise to post said tune. Congratulations Alyson. And the rest of you, if you don’t already, you should pay her blog a visit.

Here you go. No, in fact, have both of their songs from that album:

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The Rivingtons – Papa Oom Mow Mow

The Rivingtons – Bird’s The Word

There’s a reason I posted both, of course. In 1963, The Trashmen amalgamated the two tunes into what is almost definitely the first example of a mash-up:

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The Trashmen – Surfin’ Bird

There are two – actually, there’s probably many more than two, but two will do for now – versions of that by more recent, much cooler bands. From 1979, this lot of utterly demented weirdos who I can’t believe I’ve only started to get into in the last five years or so – what on earth was I thinking?

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The Cramps – Surfin’ Bird

And from a couple of years earlier, 1977 to be precise, the coolest rock’n’roll band to ever grace this planet, and a again a band I was shamefully late to, a situation which my old mate Johnny Groves (hello, if you still read this!), who couldn’t believe I didn’t own anything by them, rectified by furnishing me with a cassette of “All the Stuff (And More) Volume One”:

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Ramones – Surfin’ Bird

More soon.

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5 thoughts on “More Looney Tunes (How to Do a Cover Version edition)”

  1. Well, what a weekend – My 100th post and The Rivingtons with Papa Oom Mow Mow. Not the kind of thing that pops up on the music blogosphere very often probably but see you managed to seamlessly end up at The Ramones, so all good! As for Bird’s The Word reminds me of a particular episode of Family Guy – Seth McFarlane a genius.

    Thanks for including it and thanks for the mention. For next week’s Chain – Is it ok to like…… The Rivingtons?

      1. Ok here’s the thing – I’ve listened to it a few times now and although remember it from back in the day (and much thanks for sharing btw) I felt sure that the Papa Oom Maw Maw song I was remembering from Junior Choice was something else. After much searching turns out my song was more of a Papa Oom Meh Meh song and it was actually called Martian Hop by The Ran-Dells later covered by Rocky Sharpe and his Replays!

        Who knew there could be so many Papa Oom Maw, Mow, Meh songs out there?

      2. Sorry !! Really pleased you did though as another great Looney Tunes post and means all these Papa Oom Mow, Meh, Maw songs are now finally identified. It’s still a big thanks from me!

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