There are lots of novelty one-hit wonders. Songs like “Pac-Man Fever” by Buckner and Garcia, “Disco Duck” by Rick Dees and non-one-hit wonder “The Streak” by Ray Stevens and “Hocus Pocus” by Focus are just a few examples.
You can add “The Curly Shuffle” by Jump ‘N the Saddle Band to that list. It’s a tribute to the Three Stooges. It’s also a tribute to songwriters who are savvy enough to borrow a little interest from a beloved topic like Pac-Man, Disco or The Three Stooges to write a song about it. The results? Big Top 40 Billboard hits, of course.
“The Curly Shuffle” was released in 1984 and quickly shot up to #15 on the Billboard Hot 100. It features most of the Stooges’ trademark sound effects and phrases and with its faux big-band swing sounds, is the furthest thing from a lasting, compelling pop song.
Read the Curly Shuffle lyrics
No, it’s not a great song. But it is a fun little slice of nostalgia.
Sadly, Jump ‘N the Saddle Band were unable to capitalize on their “Curly Shuffle” success with a follow-up hit. In my opinion, they should have gone all-in with the novelty song concept and released a record that featured the following hits:
- The Marx Brothers Samba
- The Laurel and Hardy Rumba
- The Abbott and Costello Bossa Nova
- The Cheech and Chong Cabaret
- The Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor Polka
Imagine the outright awesomeness that would be unleashed with such a record.
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Filed under: 1980s, Pop · Tags: 1984, 1984 1 hit wonder, 1984 one-hit wonder, Buckner and Garcia, Disco Duck, Focus, Hocus Pocus, novelty hit, novelty song, Pac Man Fever, Ray Stevens, Rick Dees, The Streak