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Ten Songs About Chickens (Arranged In Pecking Order)

I asked Carrot Topp from Radioactive Chicken Heads if he wanted to help create this blog. He is certainly an expert in Chicken Music. Between the two of us, we found ten good to great songs and arranged them in our preferred order of greatness.


NUMBER TEN
“The Song Of The One Legged Chicken” by Tom T Hall



NUMBER NINE
“Chicken Walk” by Hasil Adkins



NUMBER EIGHT
“Chicken” by The Cramps



NUMBER SEVEN
“Know Your Chicken” by Chibo Mato



NUMBER SIX
“Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens” by Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five



NUMBER FIVE
“Magic Chicken!” by The Aquabats!



NUMBER FOUR
“The Chicken In Black” by Johnny Cash



NUMBER THREE
“Chick Chick” by Wang Rong Rollin



NUMBER TWO
“The Funky Chicken” by Rufus Thomas



HONORABLE MENTIONS
“Chicken Squawk” by MDC
Super Chicken Theme Song
“Chicken Fat” by Robert Preston
“Teenage Mutant Kung Fu Chickens” by Ray Stevens
“Chicken Strut” by The Meters
“Run Chicken Run” by Link Wray


NUMBER ONE
“Psycho-Chicken” by The Fools

Here is the video, but it has a lot of hiss from the VHS tape.



BONUS TRACK
“Cluck At The Moon (I Was A Teenage Werechicken)” by Radioactive Chicken Heads

Don’t get your feathers in a bunch if these songs were not in the order you would put them in. Cluck about it in the comments instead.

-Wacky Alex /w Carrot Topp

That Time I Got To Meet Lady Miss Kier From Deee-Lite At Duluth Pride

I was in high school when I first heard “Grove is in the Heart” on the radio in Detroit. I remember hanging out with my best friend when the song came on. We both got really excited. For some reason one of us thought the song was actually produced by a local radio station as a promotion or something. I soon discovered otherwise. Indeed the track was by this groovy band called Deee-Lite with some help from Bootsy Collins. Deee-lightful!

First I bought the cassette single. As soon as the full album, World Clique, was released, I bought the CD and I still have it. It plays perfectly even though it’s 25 years old and has been played a thousands times.

My friends and I couldn’t wait for the next album, Infinity Within. I bought it the day it come out. It’s still in the original “Eco-Pack” low-plastic packaging. I loved that album too. At that point, I had to write them a fan letter. I never wrote fan mail before. I never thought I would be inspired to do that but there I was being a total fanboy.

Lady Miss Kier was so kind to answer my mail. First she sent a postcard. Then she had her publicist enroll me in the fan-club for the band for FREE. I received back issues of their fan-zine, press photos, fliers and stickers. I continued to get cool stuff from the fan club for the next two years.

This is a press photo I received in 1993. Kier signed it for me in 2007.

At some point in 1993 I landed a DJ job at my college radio station, WDMB Impact 89FM. I loved this job. It really helped me with my self esteem and communication skills. I needed both badly. I am still very thankful that they even gave me a chance.

While I as doing the DJ thing, I got a press card in the mail explaining about the forthcoming release, Dewdrops in The Garden. I called the given phone number and left a message. Two Weeks later my college station received the new CD. The band also sent us the 12inch remix EP of “Party Happening People” on white vinyl. Somebody on Etsy is selling this for over $70.

The station manager let me keep the remix record but he also scolded me for talking to the record company without going through the music director. WHOOPS!

Sadly, the band broke up shortly after. Several post breakup products were released such as a greatest hits album and remixes. DJ Towa went on to release a number of “solo” albums as well.

Fast forward to 2007. I found out that Lady Miss Kier was going to be performing at Duluth Pride. I just had to go see her. I rounded up some friends and we made the trek north. When I got there, I found Miss Kier’s trailer was on the grounds, roped off by security.

I walked up to the ropes and yelled out, “LOVE YOU LADY MISS KIER!”. Shortly after that, I was invited to meet her! All you need is love!

She was very kind to me in person. She signed a lot of the stuff I brought with, saved from the fan club. She even kissed a photo of the band with lipstick.

The Dee-lovely Lady then invited my group to dance on stage when “Groove is in The Heart” came on. I was too starstruck to do it but I took the cool photo at the top of this article.

Thank you Lady Miss Kier, and people who worked on the Deee-Lite records. They made the world a better place.

-Wacky Alex

Ten Songs About Robots Just For You Meat-bags!

This list is a result of both serious research and personal taste. Your personal top ten may be different. Let us know in the comments! In evaluating the songs we did consider the chart positions but this was not the sole criteria by any means.

Does the song have staying power? Has it become legendary? Was it groundbreaking in it’s time? These are the types of questions considered in creating the list. Also, we did not want to include the same artist twice, so one does pop up again in the honorable mentions.


NUMBER TEN
“The Robot Song” by Yo Gabba Gabba (Spanish version)



NUMBER NINE
“Monkey Vs. Robot” by James Kochalka Superstar



NUMBER EIGHT
“Robot Boy” by Robyn



NUMBER SEVEN
“Robots on Parade” by They Might Be Giants



NUMBER SIX
“Transformers Opening Theme” (1980s original)



NUMBER FIVE
“Robot Rock” by Daft Punk



NUMBER FOUR
“Robots” by Flight of The Conchords



NUMBER THREE
“Mechanical Man” by Devo



NUMBER TWO
“The Robots” by Kraftwerk


HONORABLE MENTIONS
“The Girl And The Robot” by Röyksopp ft. Robyn
“Ya Robot” – Yury Chemnavsky
“Theme From Robot Hamster” – Parry Gripp



NUMBER ONE
“Mr Roboto” by Styx

Thanks for checking out our list of robot songs. We hope you enjoyed reviewing it as much as we did creating it.

-Wacky Alex & Robot Don

Illustration on the top of this page by BenMonster (benmonster.tv)

Celebrating ONE YEAR on The Virtual Air

In April 2022, FunHouse Radio USA reaches an important milestone. That’s one year of broadcasting to the world with our partners at Live365.

For the last year we’ve been building the station with help of our fans and supporters. We hope to continue bringing you the wackiest Novelty Records, Parodies, Oddities, Outsider Music, Nerd Rock, Comic Bits, Fake Commercials, and oddball sound effects for many more years to come.

If you are a media outlet of some kind and you are looking for content to share on April Fools Day, why not consider mentioning FunHouse Radio? This is not a joke. We bring fun and nonsense into people’s lives everyday but it’s especially appropriate for April Fools Day!

Download the PDF press release.

Feel free to leave your Birthday Greetings in the comments!

FHR is proudly operated in Minnesota by an autistic member of the LBGT community.

Making Music With Your Mouth: Sound Poetry, Beat-boxing, Scat-Singing, & Scottish Mouth Music. How do they compare and contrast?

Kurt Schwitters (1887-1948) was a German artist, graphic designer, typographer, set designer and poet. From 1923-1932 he published an arts and poetry magazine called “Merz”. What this blog is concerned about are his works of Sound Poetry.

In 1926, after a trip to Prague, he was inspired to work on his epic sound-poem called Sonate in Urlauten which he performed throughout Europe for years afterward. The sound poem depicts phonemic and syllabic expressions according to the German language. These were not words. They were sound elements from the language. The performer was expected to read every sound off the paper but improvise and interpret things like pitch and tempo.

This is an example of what the sound poem looks like and paper. Keep it mind that the letters represent German sounds not English.

Here are two short samples, as voiced by the man himself.



Now compare that to this bit of Jazz Scat Singing by the great Ella Fitzgerald.

To take this a step further, consider this example of Scottish Mouth Music.

People can do a lot with their mouths. Here is a famous example of The “Human Beat Box” style of rhythmic mouth sounds once used widely in hip-hop. It’s currently a global phenomena and does not show signs of abating. Here is a collection of mostly young people demonstrating their skills on TikTok

Take yet another turn, and here is an example of sampling mouth sounds and then triggering them with a computer or keyboard. Kraftwerk’s “Music Non Stop”.

For good measure, here is a more modern recording of Kurt Schwitter’s work.

What do you think about all of this? Leave you thoughts in the comment section below!

– WACKY ALEX