Wednesday, February 06, 2019

WACKY WEDNESDAY: The Shaving Cream Variations



Last week in Terrell's Tune-Up I reviewed the new punk-rock tribute to Dr. Demento, which contains not one, but versions of the Demento classic "Shaving Cream" by the late, great Benny Bell. East Coast kiddy-show host Uncle Floyd Vivino does both versions -- one with "punk rock lyrics," the other with original lyrics.

In case you are not aware of this masterpiece, here's the 1946 original:


But Bell and Uncle Floyd aren't the only ones to ever sing "Shaving Cream." And I'm not talking about Phil Winston aka Paul Wynn, who actually supplied the vocals on Bell's original. This song's been around the world.

It popped up in The Netherlands in 1969 by a band called The Cats.



The song gained a following in Jamaica, where in the '70s it was recorded by a group called The Fabulous Five. Then, in the late '80s, a band called The Jollys put the mento in Demento with this version.



American folk monster Dave Van Ronk did a funny take on this funny song. (You gotta listen til the very end)



Taking Van Ronk's interpretation a few levels beyond, a few years ago The Melvin grabbed the shaving cream and blew it to Smithereens.

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