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We're The Banana Splits

Your childhood TV rock-n-roll idols, on vinyl!

One of the greatest things about the music of the 60's is how it accessible it was to just about anyone. The cool kids had the Beatles and the Stones; middle America watched the Monkees; the hippies had the Dead and Jefferson Airplane; even Mom and Dad could swing to a homogenized version of Lennon & McCartney done up by Enoch Light or Tony Bennett. And for the toddlers, there were these weirdos, the Banana Splits.

I was suprised at how good some of the songs on this hard to find LP are (thanks to my friend Gary who let me borrow his copy). I'm not saying the Banana Splits were the next Beatles, but compared to the kind of music they make for kids today (the Barney theme comes to mind) this stuff kicks ass. Let's hear it for Fleagle, Bingo, Drooper and Snork!

We're The Banana Splits
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Songs:

We're The Banana Splits (MP3) ...yeah!
The Tra La La Song (MP3) The tune you can never get out of your head... just try.
Soul (MP3) Can four guys in crazy animal costumes have... soul?

See Also: Fonzie, Fonzie, He's Our Man, Themes From Hit TV Shows, The Kids from the Brady Bunch

Your Comments:

Beckie says:
I can't get the song out of my head!! I just had to buy it from iTunes. LOL My 2 yr old loves the show so much that I have it on the DVR schedule. It airs at 4:30am CST on Boomerang. He watches it over and over, and he cries when it ends. (08-31-2005)

Brummie Brian says:
The girls used to like Snork,but i cant understand why (08-31-2005)

Brian says:
I sometimes wonder about the two sisters (then aged about 8) that used to play the guitar on Banana Splits. Did it catapult them to fame? Are they still singing the Tra-la-la song - because I am! The D*mn thing keeps going round and round!!! (08-19-2005)

Sc00ter (shugpug@yahoo.com) says:
I am a High School Teacher, I showed a tape of the banana splits one christmas and the kids thought it was wacky but cool even today. I loved this show when I was a Kid in the late 60s early 70s and oops as a Big Kid LOVE IT TODAY!!!!! (08-18-2005)

Sharon Parker (savvyone63@yahoo.com) says:
Having grown up in the era of The Banana Splits, Sigmund and the Sea Monsters and HR Pufnstuf, I feel for what the networks pass off as children's programming today. The shows that we watched were mindless but they were fun! We laughed while sitting in front of the TV eating Cap'n Crunch or you may insert your favorite cereal). Heaven forbid that nowadays a child has a little fun... they may never get into college! (08-17-2005)

kevin laroche (kevslar@cs.com) says:
uh-oh it's chongo its danger island next! Loved the banana splits!! I wish it was available somewhere now. (08-17-2005)

AARON DEVINS (aaronanja@aol.com) says:
I STILL HAVE MY CLUB CARD FROM 1968 AND MY PARENTS STILL LIVE AT THAT ADDRESS AND STILL HAVE THAT PHONE NUMBER.I AM A "FULL GROWN BANANA"! DROOPER HOLDING HIS TAIL FOREVER. (08-16-2005)

WGMitch says:
Corbin Dalus (Lewbru@adelphia.net) says:
What was the show where the guy wandered backstage and was fiddling with a magician's top hat, when it suddenly grows and he falls in? Anyway, many thanks to the creator(s) of this website! (08-07-2005)

The show was called "Lidsville" and starred Butch Patrick, aka Eddie Munster. (08-12-2005)

tadpole_rag says:
My kids think I'm crazy when I tell them about the show and still remember the chorus to "Adam Had'em". Between the Monkees and the Banana Splits I had some of my best memories. I loved all of their songs! (08-07-2005)

Corbin Dalus (Lewbru@adelphia.net) says:
The Banana Splits bring back to me memories of a time of such innocense, wonder and simplicity. I spent my life remembering that catchy little Tra La La tune. Oddly, it's the internet of today that we have to thank for allowing us to share about such great memories of the past. Gary, you said it, too, about The Land of the Lost and HR Puff n' Stuff. What was the show where the guy wandered backstage and was fiddling with a magician's top hat, when it suddenly grows and he falls in? Anyway, many thanks to the creator(s) of this website! (08-07-2005)

Dragon (phoenixfireltd@hotmail.com) says:
Well I found a site where I remeber watching an old show.
I recall being a true memeber of the Banana Splits Fan club with full rights and other silliness that makes one a Banana Split Memeber.
I also seem to recall it took three Frosted Flakes box tops and 6-8 weeks of waiting too.

Ah, the days of youth are never lost. (08-07-2005)

Amanda says:
For some reason, a few weeks ago I started singing the Tra La La song to my two year old son. He's started singing it on his own now! Thank goodnes for websites like this as I couldn't quite remember all of the words - it was driving me mad! (08-06-2005)

Somebody says:
I can't get the Tra La La Song out of my head! Oh no! Oh no! Tra La La, Tra La La La, Tra La La, Tra... someone... please help me out!!!!!!! (08-03-2005)

Boo Hoo (one_butt_ugly_woman@yahoo.com) says:
I was fascinated with this show as a child. So much so, that I saved my kellog's box-tops when I was five, and mailed them in to receive The Banana Splits record that I still have today. It is the only one that I know of that contains more than just one or two songs. If anyone knows of any other copies, I would love to hear from them. (07-20-2005)

hienuff says:
I use to watch these cats in the mid 40's on my brand new 18" widescreen colored Western Auto tv. This show was about icecream at Dairy Queen, if I recall. I used to smoke a lot of weed back then and seem to remember finding bugs and pot seeds in my Fruit Loops. (07-17-2005)

Steve says:
An answer for Dennis Crosby's question waaaayyyy up at the top of this thread...

I believe the music machine (not sure of the spelling) was the...

Calioposaxaviatrumparimaclaribassotrombophone

Geez, I can't believe I remembered that! (07-16-2005)

Gary Flinn says:
The Banana Splits made their debut in the fall of 1968 as "The Banana Splits Adventure Hour" Saturday mornings on NBC. It was a Hanna-Barbera Production (one of their few live action shows) and was originally sponsored by Kellogg's cereals. (07-11-2005)

martyn (martynrobb@thinkpositive.co.uk) says:
Could someone please settle an argument. A friend of mine is adamant that the Banana Splits TV show started out on the The Monkees TV show. I am fairly confident that this is not the case. Could someone please help? (07-11-2005)

Richard (reh1963@hotmail.com) says:
My cousin was one of the "Sour Grapes". I used to watch just to see her on TV. I'd like to find some more info on the "Sour Grapes" on the web (where are they now?). (07-09-2005)

Gary (VintageHalloweenCollector@webtv.net) says:
Wow, what days those were!
I loved The Banana Splits. The show was great. It's sad that todays childrens shows can not compete with those of the late 60's and early 70's.
Saturday mornings were filled with great classics such as "HR Puff-N-Stuff (Witchie Poo!), The cute little hero, "Have no fear...."UNDERDOG" is here!", and the great show that had us kids glued to the tv..none other than, "Land Of The Lost."
The songs from these shows were so much fun. They were catchy, enegertic and most could be found in a box of cerial that none of us liked....lol....except Kaboom......remember that one kiddies? It had the clown on the box cover.
I love the Banana Splits Song, "Land Of The Lost" Theme, and the opera backing vocals on "Underdog". The song that was the best was from "The Archies", called "Sugar, Sugar"....Oh honey, honey. You are my candy girl. And you got me wanting you....."lol.
Okay, I better stop...telling my age here....lol.

Gary
North Carolina

(07-08-2005)






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