In addition to its weekly hour(+)-long podcast featuring interviewees from stage, screen and music, Gilbert Gottfried’s Amazing Colossal Podcast presents mini-episodes as well. The mini-episodes, which are more formally known as Gilbert and Frank’s Amazing Colossal Obsessions, have a much shorter duration—around 20 minutes, plus or minus—and are also put online weekly, usually on Thursdays. On 28 July 2016, Gilbert and Frank Santopadre presented an obsession that’s very close to my heart: Oldies music! More specifically, the pair focused on one-hit wonders of the 1960s, primarily those from the years 1966 and 1967 although there were a few gems sneaked in from other years as well. Click here to give it a listen and to sing along with Gilbert!
On a serious note: The final song Gilbert and Frank presented, as they wrapped up the show, was “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye” by Steam. In actuality, lead vocals were provided by the tune’s co-composer, Gary DeCarlo, who’d originally written the song in the early ’60s along with Paul Leka and Dale Frashuer. Gary recorded “Na Na Hey Hey” in 1968 and the record was released under the name Steam. (A road group was put together to make appearances.) In June of 2016, Gary DeCarlo revealed that he was undergoing treatment for cancer. A GoFundMe page has been set up for Gary to help defray costs. Please contribute if you can; any amount will be appreciated!
“Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye” – Gary DeCarlo
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Gilbert and Frank covered a good variety of One-Hit Wonders during the July 28th mini-episode. Among them was an early “rap” song, “They’re Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!” which was conceived and recorded by a recording engineer named Jerry Samuels under the name Napoleon XIV. Click here to read some interesting trivia, and to hear the song plus some promos that Samuels did for 77 WABC in the style of his alter ego, on the excellent tribute site musicradio77.com. Also check out this 50th-anniversary post about the tune by Mike Riccio on the site’s message board. Interesting stuff!
A few more (but by no means all) of the songs discussed by Gilbert Gottfried and Frank Santopadre on the GGACP mini-episode #70:
“In the Year 2525” – Zager and Evans
“Tip Toe Through the Tulips” – Tiny Tim
Is that a glass coffee table I see in the background? (Oh, never mind…)
“No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach’s In)” – The T-Bones
Note: The recording was actually made by members of The Wrecking Crew. As with Gary DeCarlo’s Steam, a road group was put together to appear on record covers and make appearances. None of the members of the road group played on the record. However, three members of that road group—Dan Hamilton, Joe Frank Carollo, and Tommy Reynolds—would later form the band Hamilton, Joe Frank and Reynolds.
If the above instrumental sounds familiar, that’s ’cause the tune was also used in an Alka-Seltzer commercial!
“Winchester Cathedral” – The New Vaudeville Band
The above video is from the Hollywood Palace (1966) and is actually an edit from a longer clip, which starts off with another song, “Peekaboo.” Click here to watch it in its entirety (if you dare!).
“Come on Down to My Boat” – Every Mother’s Son
A big THANK-YOU to Gilbert and Frank for another great mini-episode!