A novelty song is a comical or nonsensical song, performed principally for its comical effect. Humorous songs, or those containing humorous elements, are not necessarily novelty songs. The term arose in Tin Pan Alley to describe one of the major divisions of popular music. The other two divisions were ballads and dance music. Novelty songs achieved great popularity during the 1920s and 1930s. They had a resurgence of interest in the 1950s and 1960s.
Novelty songs are often a parody or humor song, and may apply to a current event such as a holiday or a fad such as a dance or TV programme. Many use unusual lyrics, subjects, sounds, or instrumentation, and may not even be musical. For example, the 1966 novelty song "They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!" has little music and is set to a rhythm tapped out on a snare drum and tambourine.
A famous book on achieving an attention-grabbing novelty single is "The Manual (How to Have a Number One the Easy Way)", written by The KLF. It is based on their achievement of a UK number-one single with "Doctorin the Tardis", a 1988 dance remix mashup of the Doctor Whotheme song released under the name of 'The Timelords.' It argued that (at the time) achieving a number one single could be achieved less by musical talent than through market research, sampling and gimmicks matched to an underlying danceable groove.
... songs and viral musical sensations ... And those are the songs we’ll be talking about this week, as Melissa Ruggieri and Rodney Ho offer up some of their favorite novelty songs that climbed the charts since 1960.
This last song provided Hartzog a chance to shake her tailfeathers, as it were, appearing to improvise a hilarious mashup from dances such as the Twist, the Shimmy and the Funky Chicken, as Louise grooved to her idol’s dynamic performance at a local honky tonk.
‘In The Night’ is, for me, one of the most perfect of Pet Shop Boys songs, scandalously hidden away as the b-side for the ‘Opportunities’ single ...Novelty songs don’t seem like obvious source material for our dynamic duo, but the people behind it, Baltimora, were based in Milan, and anyway, as Lowe insists, “what I do like, I love passionately.”.
BELLA VISTA -- A longtime, well-known group has a new name and is ready to restart ... When you're not able to do it, you really miss it ... The chorus performs a wide variety of music from oldies, Broadway musicals, patriotic songs, pop, jazz, spiritual, seasonal, sassy and classical. "We also sing folk and novelty songs for children," Turley said ... .
The two spoken-word tracks are initially attention-grabbing and key into Jones’s past – hits including Detroit City and The Green, Green Grass of Home came with spoken-word passages – but the novelty value wears off long before the songs end, leaving you wondering not about their ...
Because of that, he was perfectly willing to record novelty songs, corny love ballads, or anything else he thought an audience might go for ... On the Handy and Waller albums, Armstrong’s willingness to perform corny novelty songs is not really an issue, and he spends more time blowing than singing, anyway.
The song “Crying,” in particular, feels like an indulgently sad anthem that’s both funny and tragic ... That song is me parodying myself in a way ... But the subject matter of that song… [laughs] it’s just me calling myself a whiny little bitch ... I was listening to a lot of jazz and Motown and ’50s novelty songs.
While they took advantage of outdoor spaces to distantly get together and sing songs on occasion, things haven't been the norm for more than a year ... The chorus's portfolio includes classics from the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s, modern pop, seasonal songs, patriotic, gospel and novelty numbers.
The album starts with “QueerFascination,” a song about being seen as a novelty by a romantic partner ...It's not a happy portrait, and it deepens with the third song, “It's Too Late to Wish You Were Here,” a love-lost song which finds Subrizi's persona ruminating on a dead relationship.
It was there Herc laid the blueprint for hip hop music by focusing on the “break” of the record and looping the short percussion part of a song that got the party moving ... But that’s exactly what the song is ... “The Humpty Dance” is a novelty song that serves as a satire on a dance craze while also functioning as a brilliant pop record.
On Faith, the despair is to die for – on around half the songs, quite literally ... Some Cure songs play out like vivid horror stories, their imagery tinged with the otherworldly ... This time, Smith undoubtedly was inspired by Gormenghast – in itself hardly a novelty, given the number of songs sparked by his bookshelf.