"Der Fuehrer's Face" by Spike Jones


Does anybody remembers that song? It was by Spike Jones & the City Slickers. It was called "Der Fuehrer's Face". That song was featured in a WW2 short of the same name starring Donald Duck. Spike Jones later remade that song. The cartoon was featured on the "Walt Disney On the Front Lines" DVD. This song was taken from a record entitled "The Best of Spike Jones". If you haven't heard that song, here it is.

"Der Fuehrer's Face" by Spike Jones & the City Slickers
 

BDBopper

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I love Spike jones and the music he was responsible for recording! What a trip!

Very interesting how Walt disey and Spike teamed up (or was it?) with "Der Fuehrer's Face" Two other Disney shorts feature music that is Spike Jones-ish. "Symphony Hour" and "Mr. Duck Steps Out". Both of those featured music that used sound effects for instruments but did it with the Spike Jones forumla of using those effects musically to make sense and not a cacaphony.

It's also interesting to note that the short lived radio series "Mickey Mouse Theatre of The Air" (I beleive 1939) featured a Spike Jones-type outfit (before Spike was even big!), "Donald Duck's Webfoot Sixtet.
 
There's also a Christmas Album called LET'S SING A SONG OF CHRISTMAS, which, while not as zany as some of Jones' other records, employs the talents of two music legends with long Disney ties:
? George Bruns, who of course did music and arrangements for numerous Disney films from animated features like SLEEPING BEAUTY to live action films and TV shows including THE LOVE BUG.
? Jud Conlon who was responsible for the unforgettable vocal arrangements in PETER PAN, ALICE IN WONDERLAND and others.
It's at amazon here:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00000AE4...7868064?ie=UTF8
 

narkspud

Member
Does anybody remembers that song? It was by Spike Jones & the City Slickers. It was called "Der Fuehrer's Face". That song was featured in a WW2 short of the same name starring Donald Duck. Spike Jones later remade that song. The cartoon was featured on the "Walt Disney On the Front Lines" DVD. This song was taken from a record entitled "The Best of Spike Jones". If you haven't heard that song, here it is.

"Der Fuehrer's Face" by Spike Jones & the City Slickers

Spike's record was actually released before the cartoon was, with Disney's permission. The original title for the toon was to be "Donald Duck in Nutzy Land" (so stated on the first printing of the record label) but it was changed to "Der Fueherer's Face" after the song became an instant smash hit.

The song took Spike Jones from an obscure drummer/bandleader to a household name overnight. Spike, incidentally, was also the drummer for the John Scott Trotter orchestra, and can be heard manning the brushes on Bing Crosby's original record of White Christmas.

The Mellomen appeared on many a Spike Jones disc during the 50s. Comedian Doodles Weaver was also a favorite performer with the band -- he narrated the Goofy shorts "Hocky Homicide" and "Tennis Racquet." (It's baffling to me that he wasn't brought in to do his famous horse race routine for "They're Off.") Spike's hit record of "I'm in the Mood for Love" featured Billy "Figment" Barty as the singing voice of Liberace!

Haunted Mansion fans should take note that Spike's 1959 Halloween-themed "spooktacular" LP "Spike Jones in Stereo" featured performances by Paul Frees, Loulie Jean Norman (as Vampira!), and Thurl Ravenscroft. Thurl gets a wonderful rock and roll solo track called "I Was a Teenage Brain Surgeon." Besides being funny, this was one of those early show-off-your-expensive-stereo kind of albums, and it sounds fabulous. There's a CD, and it's on clearance, so you better get it now:
http://www.ccmusic.com/item.cfm?itemid=CCM04102
 

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