April Fool’s Take A Break Show

The world has gone absolutely crazy. Take an hour to laugh, because those troubles are gonna still be there waiting for you. #COVID19 #noveltysongs #comedy #unemployment

When I was privately producing this program on my design and outreach website, I would often pick a ridiculous topic, like numbers or travel destinations, and build a program around it. This new series is closing in on one year now, and I have been receiving more and more messages asking what happened to those programs. 

Ruth Brown, 1989. Photographer unknown.

Well, children of the revolution, you are correct. I haven’t done a program like that in quite some time. Today’s show is technically another program built around a holiday again, but hoping to make this an annual event for April Fool’s Day. With all of the heavy and downright genuinely serious about the COVID-19 virus and massive unemployment currently gripping the consciousness of the world right now, why on Earth would I pick this strange holiday to launch a program featuring comedy and novelty tracks?

“If you can’t take a joke, don’t be one.” 

My mother, Mrs. Anna Brown

Any one who knows me personally and is a fan of this show knows too damn well I can do the heavy probably better than anyone else. However, as I have said may times before, I also like to have a good time. This is an opportunity for self-care, children. Stop reading the news for just an hour, and ease right into this one. The world’s problems are going to be there at the end of this, you bet your sweet bippy. There are tracks here going all the way back to 1931 to just the last couple of years. So, for students of history, you know that the heavy has always been with us; also know that comedy exists to remove you from your troubles for a while. 

Monte Python troupe, 1975. Photo courtesy of Handmade Films.

For the parents who have been locked up with your kids for the last week or more, this one is especially for you. I am certain by now that you are willing to have Baby Shark for dinner and to revoke the visas of the K-Pop band BTS, or least mess up their hair. You have to admit, though, that the Wonder Pets jumping to the rescue in a recycled vehicle to save four insect beetles in a yellowish submarine may be the greatest cinematic achievement since Citizen Kane. Rosebud that, baby. 

Leonard Nimoy, 1969, courtesy of CBS Television.

Now, I have also stated repeatedly that this show is meant for people who can be mature and adult about a wide variety of things. There are some tracks here that aren’t for prudes. There are no foul words, but there’s some subject matter and double entendres that I am not going to apologize for, like cross dressing lumberjacks. It’s up to you to explain these things to your kids, not mine. So, if this is not your kind of trip, take the exit now, or enjoy it on headphones.

First Part

  • Get Dancing’, 1975, Disco Tex and The Sex-O-Lettes
  • The Flying Purple People Eater, 1958, Sheb Wooley
  • Just A Friend, 1989, Biz Markie
  • Fish Heads, 1978, Barnes and Barnes
  • If I Can’t Sell It, I’ll Keep Sittin’ On It, 1989, Ruth Brown
  • The Lumberjack Song, 1975, Monty Python
  • Convoy, 1975, C.W. McCall
  • My Girl’s Pussy, 1931, Harry Roy and His Bat Club Boys

Second Part

  • 3-Way (The Golden Rule), 2013, The Lonely Island featuring Justin Timberlake and Lady Gaga
  • Der Fuehrer’s Face, 1942, Spike Jones & His City Slickers
  • Polkas on 45, 1984, Weird Al Yankovic
  • They’re Coming To Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!, Napoleon XIV, 1966
  • Whip My Hair, 2012, Jimmy Fallon (as Neil Young) featuring Bruce Springsteen
  • Toy Bell, 1954, The Bees


  • The Ballad Of Bilbo Baggins, 1968, Leonard Nimoy

Love to you all.

Ben “Daddy Ben Bear” Brown Jr. 
Host, Producer, Webmaster, Audio Engineer, Researcher and Writer

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