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In the Mood – Henhouse Five Plus Too

Henhouse five Plus Too In the MoodFew songs make me want to pay an Ear, Nose and Throat doctor to remove my ear drums.

But “In the Mood” by Henhouse Five Plus Too is in serious contention.

This novelty song is pure garbage. It’s stupid. It’s silly. It’s dumb enough that to hear it once is more than enough.

Remarkably, “In the Mood” by Henhouse Five Plus Too reached #40 on the Billboard Top 40 in 1977 and that’s good enough to land it on Top One-Hit Wonders where I believe it shames all other one-hit wonder novelty songs with its sheer inanity.

Let me count the ways I loathe this song.

  1. The band is called Henhouse Five Plus Too. It’s not even the Henhouse Five Plus Two because Too is funnier than Two, I guess. And that’s way more clever than calling it the Henhouse Seven. But it simply strikes me as dumb. Maybe there is an inside joke buried somewhere in the name but I’ve given up trying to find it.
  2. The song is a cover version of “In the Mood” by Glenn Miller, one of the most popular big-band songs. But this time, it’s clucked by chickens. Chickens, people! Now that’s rich in humor if you’ve been music-deprived your entire life and your idea of a good time is imitating animals singing big-band standards…poorly.
  3. The Henhouse Five Plus Too isn’t even the Henhouse anyone. It’s actually novelty songwriter and Grammy Award-winner Ray Stevens who is the same man who bestowed “The Streak” upon the world back in 1974. The reason this makes me mad is that if Stevens had simply credited himself, then I wouldn’t have to write about “In the Mood” and you wouldn’t have to listen to it because Ray Stevens is far from a one-hit wonder. In fact, Stevens released more than 90 singles in a distinguished six-decade career and notched 10 top-40 hits. Frankly, that’s impressive work; “In the Mood” is not.

Listen to In the Mood by Henhouse Five Plus Too

I’ve now spent more time writing about this song than listening to it. That’s more than enough. I’m no longer in the mood.

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7 Responses to "In the Mood – Henhouse Five Plus Too"

  1. Jim Barton says:

    It could be worse: Ray Stevens could’ve also given it a disco beat. 🙂

  2. Jim Barton says:

    Since I last was on here, I’d been thinking: Maybe Ray Stevens made this because his house was infested by “poultry-geists!” 🙂

  3. Krystuffer says:

    whoever said drugs were the province of rock musicians needs to find out what Ray Stevens was on here. honestly, why else would the genius who gave us “Gitarzan,” “Ahab The Arab,” and “The Streak” stoop to this?
    (and that’s without even mentioning the fact that to call big-band “music” crap would be an insult to crap!)

  4. Krystuffer says:

    talk about layin’ an egg!! this turkey makes that dogs-barking-Jingle-Bells song sound like “Hey Jude.”
    (honestly, wasn’t it bad enough from that sadist Glen Miller?)

  5. Hank says:

    Your crazy! I love this song!!!! Do you know how hard it is too train chickens to sing? I can’t get mine to even keep a beet!!!!!! This song is pure artistry!!!! Like the Sistine chapel! I love it!!!!!

  6. Michael Waterman says:


    I love your passion for this quirky song!

  7. JLo Da Mofo says:

    The picture and the clip say “….Five Plus Two”.

    Just saying.

    Not sure why.

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