Crazy Song Time: "Surfin' Bird" The Trashmen (1963)

@JohnRoberts (63203)
Los Angeles, California
May 31, 2017 8:58am CST
Fans of “The Family Guy” will recognize this song. Who can forget Peter doing “The Bird’s the Word”? Dick Clark called “Surfin’ Bird” a novelty song in his introduction of the Trashmen on Bandstand. The evolution of “Surfin’ Bird” is unusual. The Rivingtons had hits with “Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow” and “The Bird’s the Word.” The Trashmen saw a group named the Sorenson Brothers perform “The Bird’s the Word” in concert and decided to add it to their set. Drummer and vocalist Steve Wahrer sang what amounted to a mishmash of “Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow” and “The Bird’s the Word” and ad libbed added “Surfin’ Bird” lyrics and final chorus. A disc jockey urged them to record it. The Trashmen were a Minneapolis surf garage band formed in 1962. They won a local battle of the bands then another in Chicago resulting in being signed by Garrett Records. From the album of the same name, “Surfin’ Bird” caught on peaking at Billboard #4. The Rivingtons successfully sued for plagiarism and received writing credit. The Trashmen had one more hit with “Bird Dance Beat “ (#30) and disbanded in 1967. They reunited in 1980 (Wahrer died in 1989) and still play. “Surfin’ Bird” can be heard in soundtracks and has been covered by the Ramones, Cramps, Silverchair and Pee Wee Herman!
This one had to be done. This is the Alternate Ending, because I liked the Dance that he does at the end. I know it's a Comedian.
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@prashu228 (25504)
• India
31 May 17
Never heard ..
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• United States
31 May 17
No? It is so funny Heman
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• United States
31 May 17
Listening now haha it is perking me up I do remember this John. btw you have a double of paragraphs in discussion just to let you know
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31 May 17
thankyou
• United States
31 May 17
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1 Jun 17
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@zhenghw (34)
31 May 17
very good
@zhenghw (34)
31 May 17
such good
@Courtlynn (55302)
• United States
31 May 17
I love family guy and the bird is the word lol
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• Preston, England
31 May 17
The title alone made me think of the Family Guy scenes
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31 May 17
that is great information
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@snowy22315 (52867)
• United States
31 May 17
Not a Family Guy fan, but my roomie is!
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