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Fonzie, Fonzie, He's Our Man

Fake Happy Days for your turntable!

"Fonzie for President!" "Fonzie, Won't You Please Be Mine?" "Do The Fonz!" Those are just three of the song titles on this crass 1976 release from London records designed to cash in at the expense of consumers in love with Happy Days -- as long as they weren't too particular about the authenticity of their music. He's Our Man, ostensibly by "The Heyettes", is basically a one-joke album extended to 11 songs filled with every imaginable reference to the television show. Of course, none of it is performed by, authorized by, or even remotely connected with anyone from the actual show. Whether they thought people would be fooled, or just didn't care, isn't particularly clear, but I figure anything was possible in 1976.

"The Fonz Song" appears to have been the biggest hit here. If after listening to this you really want to hear "Do The Fonz" or "Arnold's Theme", then all I can tell you is, "Sit On It".

Fonzie, Fonzie, He's Our Man
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Songs:

The Fonz Song Aaaaaaaaaaaay!

See Also: Laverne & Shirley Sing, The Kids from the Brady Bunch

Your Comments:

Delia Jean Streefkerk says:
This has got to be the TV sitcom version of Pac-Man Fever (1982) by Buckner & Garcia; i.e. an LP to cash in on some fad or pop culture item in a particular timeframe.

In 1976 I was 14 years old and had an opportunity to get this quite popular cartoon shirt of Fonzie with "aaaaay" across the bottom, and his hands in two thumbs-up, but I decided against it. (This shirt might be still around in some vintage shops.)

Strange I don't remember this album, since I was really into pop music. I do remember a tie-in oldies compilation came out about the same time with a re-recording of the "Happy Days Theme" by some session musicians. You might track that one down. Incidentally, The Fonz ceased to be interesting and turned obnoxious after Ron Howard left the show in 1979. (08-18-2010)

JRNelsonSr (joenelson1@yahoo.com) says:
@lemmingsisters: That AB Rate-a-Record appearance of "The Fonz Song" served it purpose. I almost bought the single back in the day - it charted(?) contemporaneously to Pratt and McLain's version of the show's theme - before a friend pointed me to the correct record. Not long after that it was rated on Bandstand. I sat through the clip slackjawed at the idea that I almost bought something so bad. I had no idea before this that the Heyettes (whomever they were really) actually released a whole album of the stuff. Then there was the cheapo knockoff by some nameless cover group called Fonz Songs - the working definition of "less than zero": how do you get worse than something that's already the bottom of the barrel? (07-18-2010)

Jeff Sessions (unbiasedwhiteguy@senate.gov) says:
I love this album. And the fact that I was the President of the Young Republicans of Huntingdon College had absolutely no bearing in my decision to love this album. (07-13-2009)

Mao Ze Dong says:
We just getting Happy Day on in China on CCTV. What deal with Fonzie? Why girls likee him? Was he big in pants like John Wayne? (01-16-2008)

James Lloyd says:
The Fonz was NOT cool. Hung around jailbait, never got laid, lived over some old guy's garage, and rode a Yamaha (wtf?). Real bikers in the 50s would have kicked his ass all over Creation. Tough place to live in the 50s? He lived in freakin' Milwaukee!

The Fonz has to be the most overrated douchebag ever! (01-10-2008)

Arnold says:
Quickie 70s garbage. I wonder if it was even peoperly licensed, not that ABC would give them free publicity by suing them. Happy Days 1st season was the best, before they re-arranged the set to perform before a live audience. A sexier non-Brady Maureen McCormack was even in a few episodes. (11-27-2007)

Bruce (brewsmailbag@aol.com) says:
Yep. I had the "Fonzie's Favortes" too...the one mentioned above. The "Fonerelli Slide" was a shameless attempt to "invent and inject" a dance craze.
My favorite song on the album was a much better, pre-Beach Boy version of "Barbara Ann." (Possibly it was "The Regents"?)
"Arthur Fonzerelli" was basically a cleaned-up James Dean type character. (09-07-2007)

haywood jablomy says:
No Henry Winklers were harmed in the making of this album. (07-17-2007)

JEFF (JSAW2003@AOL.COM) says:
THATS STUPID,ITS NOT EVEN THE REAL FONZ....HMMMMM,
NOPE.....I DONT LIKE IT. (07-28-2006)

lemmingsisters (D3100@msn.com) says:
I recall The Fonz Song from American Bandstand.
The kids rating it were not enthusiastic though
the young man admitted he likes the Fonz as a character. (02-20-2006)

C. A. Kessler (CoolBloodWu@yahoo.com) says:
THE FONZ CAN SIT ON IT!!!! OLD NERDZIE SI JUST THAT... A BIG TIME LOSER NERD THAT COULD ONLY BEAT UP WIMPS LIKE POTSIE. LET HIM TAKE ON A BODY BUILDER AND WE'LL SEE HIM GET HIS BIG NERD OF A @$$ KICKED. PLUS, I'D LOVE TO SEE SOMEONE TAKE A LIGHTER TO HIS HAIR!!!1 IF WE COULD GET ALL THE GREASE OUT OF HIS HAIR, THE EARTH WOULD HAVE OIL UNTIL CHRIST COMES BACK!!!!! (12-31-2005)

Roberto D'Armini (r.darmini@tiscali.it) says:
This record was never released in Italy (thanks God...!), but three of these tracks, was put in a Polydor's compilation (strangely released, in the 1978, only on cassettes) named Fonzie's songs (or something like it). Nothing more than a selection of a some 50's and first 60's classics with, at the end of the B-side, one after the other, just "Fonzie for President!" "Fonzie, Won't You Please Be Mine?" "Do The Fonz!". Really remarkable!!

p.s.: Both London label and Polydor label in Europe at that time was released by the same record company: Phonogram (than Polygram). Maybe this is the reason thwy could add those three wonderful compostions.... (11-15-2005)

ADSR says:
Fonzie for president, gotta love it!
He went to school in the end and got his diploma and went all wussy. Typical... (10-02-2005)

George Steele (you@hey_you!.com) says:
Fonzie good! (07-05-2005)

one who knows (schlongmeister@poontang.com) says:
All the girls love chachi. (07-05-2005)

Fonzie says:
"AAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYY"! (07-04-2005)

heather (xskaxluverx@wmconnect.com) says:
FONZIE IS THE MAN! i luv him....but chachi is so much better...n yet, my hero! o well

HAPPY DAYS FOREVER! (02-28-2005)

Rod Schoonover says:
Sigmund Freud, in his visionary treatises on the energies present in the human brain, wrote of the ego, the superego and the id. The superego acts as a template for one's inner self, who we'd like to be, while the id is a representation of our inner urges. The ego acts as arbiter between the two, like a much-too-happy traffic cop on a summer's day.

Arthur Fonzarelli represents our id run amok, spitting at the ego as it walks on the freshly mopped floor of the superego. Just as the id is comprised of two components, so is this beast known as The Fonz. Dressed in his leather jacket and his unbridled appetite for the xx chromosome, Eros, the sexual life energy courses through every cubic centimeter of his bloodforce. At Eros' side is mighty Tanatos, the energy of anger and death, who drives Arthur to shadow fisticuffs or in regal battle with the Malachi brothers.

Twin pillars of animal lust and rage drive this man, goading him, driving him, forcing him to keep the visage of the beloved Richie out of his head. Perhaps if Arthur scores with another cheerleader or another set of triplets, no one will figure him out. But the madness, the voices of self-hatred never go away, do they Arthur? Do you hear them call your name as you wait for the Sandman in the room above the garage? Can you hear them? Do you hear them calling your name? Alas, sweet Arthur, suspended like a fetus in a milky womb, you are but a little lamb, vulnerable to the laughter, to the finger of recognition, to the exposing of your soul! Wake up Mr. Fonzarelli, you must now wake up! Their approach is nigh!!! (01-08-2005)

dani says:
no YOU sit on it Square!!! ha ha i love that show (11-25-2004)

Mad Dr. Matt (magob@aol.com) says:
This record was made before they could fax you a "CEASE AND DESIST" order. The whole Happy Days nostalgia thing was amazing! What are we nostalic for in the 00's? Bill Clinton, maybe? I hope Gary Marshall invested well. What am I saying?! The residuals from this show probably equal Africa's current GNP! (excepting South Africa, of course...)

Like I said before, there's something kinda quaint (like the Geneva Convention, for example) about the con-artists who put out this record. Nowadays you'd just set up the DVD duplicator in the back of your dog-meat stall and crank out those pirate Happy Days episodes like there's no tomorrow! These folks actually had to DO somthing beside open a box of CD blanks. Misguided? Absolutely! But in a GOOD (and slightly sick) sort of way. (11-11-2004)






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