I've mentioned my parents love of radio a couple of times, their administration of music old, and relatively new to the general public on community radio stations.
I would make the usual faces at the thought of having to listen to another one of these music cueing sessions, the chance of being sucked into that same void that seemed to dominate my parents world... Edith Piaf, Glenn Miller, any kind of country music and most definately those original vintage music recordings my dad avidly collected, that only about 1000 years ago were themselves played on a gramophone.
So imagine my surprise, when I realized that my attempted avoidance of hearing any of that kind of music while I was growing up backfired and I began singing The Witch Doctor song yesterday... you know, Ooh Eeh Ooh Ah Ah.
These are songs I never thought in a million years, I would have remembered, songs I put so much effort into not knowing about. Songs and particularly this one, that probably might have stayed buried in my subconscious had it not been for a story my oldest wrote with a character called King Alla Walla Squish Squash of the Volcano, (really, I have no idea) which reminded me instantly of The Witch Doctor.. its a BFF thing, apparently. The story that is, which is another story in itself I think.
Then passing such songs on to my children - songs originating in the 50's, when my parents were growing up, a song that might normally cause a similar reaction as mine in my teen years, or at least an eye roll, for goodness sakes, but instead, my girls got an unexpected kick out of my sudden launch into music history when I began singing. I did not expect it to delight them, my girls at all.
They started singing it too!
After mention of it by my youngest, and of course as a parent who was suddenly considered cool, I was determined to get every dimes worth out of this baby, promptly looked it up on you tube, which both entertained and further delighted said girls! Shocker!
Incidently, everything imaginable seems to be on You Tube, so no surprise this song was there also. After all, it has been immortilized by Alvin and the Chipmunks.