The Novelty Wears Off

There was a time – a gentler time – a kinder time – when a song having almost no merit other than it made you smile could make it onto the airwaves. It was the novelty song era, a time when you could break into the top 40 by speeding up the audio tape to sound like a chipmunk or edit together clips from other hit songs to make a fake news broadcast. Yes, believe or not, kids, once upon a time, a song about streaking or a duck that danced disco could top the charts. Nowadays, it’s hard to imagine something like Junk Food Junkie or They’re Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haa! climbing the Hot 100 alongside Blurred Lines and Royals. Nonetheless, let’s take a moment to drift back to that innocent era with a little something I like to call The Curly Shuffle.

Believe it or not, this was a Top 20 hit in 1983. Ah, good times.

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