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Nosey Joe by The Brian Setzer Orchestra (from The Dirty Boogie, Interscope, 1998)

From the Heppest Cat ever to strut his heppness through all of Heppdom. Wha…?

My Ferrari G.T.O. by The Revells (from The Go Sound of the Slots!, Sundazed, 1995)

If you've ever wondered what it would sound like had Brian Wilson really been into slot car racing, well, the Revells are for you. To be historically accurate, the inspiration would probably have had to come from Brian's brother, the late Dennis Wilson, as he was the one who hepped big bro' to the joyous lingo of the surfers.
Brian never surfed…he was afraid of the water. I have no idea whether he was also afraid of plastic tracks and step-down transformers. Workaday World by Jack Beaver (from Music for TV Dinners, Scamp, 1997)

This jaunty jingle is a longtime favorite of Only A Game listeners. It makes it easy to imagine oneself as a worker on the Eisenhower 1952 presidential campaign, a roller waitress at a drive-in restaurant, or just a humble staff member of NPR's only sports program. Flight of the Bumblebee by Yo-Yo Ma and Bobby McFerrin (from Hush, Sony, 1992)

This "buddy" album spawned many collaborative imitations: Deborah Henson-Conant and Michael Winslow (the guy who made funny noises in the Police Academy movies); Luciano Pavarotti and Andrew Dice Clay; most notably, Itzhak Perlman and Carrot Top.

Para Sa'yo Ang Laban Na'to by Manny Pacquiao (from Para Sa'yo Ang Laban Na'to, label and date unknown)

It's a knockout.

This segment aired on May 7, 2011. The audio for this segment is not available.


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