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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:

Peanut Head says:
Oh, dat iss weird dere Larry...but den whacha spect from da Bananada Spliffs anyhow?...dey was like da Monkees...only dey had more hair....EVERYWHERE, Larry!!

I wish Frank wud find some JAMMY OSMINDT LPS ta post here...DAT wud be cool....

Ok...I go now...and no..my mommy is NOT calling me...so THERE!!! (05-20-2004)

Larry and Diane (dianehochman@sbcglobal.net) says:
How weird is it that the "Tra La La" of the Banana Splits is the same melody as "Buffalo Soldiers," which is inescapable in the country of Jamaica? Accident or conspiracy? Hi Frank, from your old pal Larry. (05-20-2004)

Kevin Finn (kevin.finn@ntlworld.com) says:
Anybody out there got the theme and intro to the Arabian Nights and the Three Musketeers cartoon please? If so please let me know. TIA. (05-15-2004)

Tim_Kangaroo says:
Well, there was the Goofy Gopher, but he lived in a flower pot in the Splits' groovy, psychedelic cartoon pad.

There used to be a great site dedicated to the Banana Splits, http://www.thebananasplits.com , but it appears to be down at the moment. (05-13-2004)

Heather says:
Does anyone remember the name of the animal or pet or whatever that lived in the Banana Splits' 'house' under a trapdoor? From memory it used to attack the character (Fleagle?) that fed it. Any hints on the name would be great. From memory - there was no actual character - just an implied monster of some kind. Cheers - Heather (Australia) (05-12-2004)

E (thirdeyeman77@yahoo.com) says:
"HOLD DA BUS!" not the splits i enjoyed being a boy wathching this great show...WOW am i OLD! (05-07-2004)

Frank Larosa says:
Yes, we are monitoring Peanut Head very closely.

I don't anticipate any activity from this individual on the website in the future.

thank you. (05-02-2004)

; says:
Peanut Head died. (05-02-2004)

Peanut Head (peehed@yahoo.whatever) says:
Oh yes, Micheal....didja also notice dat I kinda sound like Ringo singin' "Octopus' Garden" when I fart outta my arse??....

Lookit da way dose guyz are dressed....what da fuk was DEY smokin'?...I wanna buy some cuz it must be gud shit....

I'm sure dat Bob Marley was a BIG Banana Spliffs fan too....SURE he just jackin' some samples from da boyz...no problem....anyway...dem Banana Spliffs now working for dat Dairy Queen so Bob don havta worry bout bein sued...he dead anyhow, poor guy....

But YOU is still alive Micheal...c'mon over ta my place fer smokes and shit...my address:

Mr. P. Nut Head
202 mikeishookedondatralalasonganisstoopid Drive
Bumfuk, Arkansas
EIEIO

I put on sum Jimmy OsmUNDT...we git nekkid...spark a spliff...den we....oops...my Mommy is calling me...I have ta go...bye... (05-01-2004)

Michael (heenan@surewest.net) says:
surely this has been noted before, but how weird is it that the melody of Tra La Song appears briefly in Bob Marley's "Buffalo Soldier?" (05-01-2004)

dave johnston (dj002a6736@blueyonder.co.uk) says:
i am thrilled to find the sites regarding the splits ,they were and still are fantastic..... (05-01-2004)

Paul Laurendeau (paull@yorku.ca) says:
The Banana Splits were also a hit in the Not-English-Only portion of the Americas. In Latin America, of course, and also in French-Canada. By 1972-73 we watched the show syndicated in French in Quebec, and all Eastern Canada. It was a hit, with Fan-Clubs, Puppets, cereals, and on. You should have heard Dropper babble in the Langue de Moliere. It was a transcandantal experience! The Arabian Knights turned to Les Chevaliers d'Arabie lost its play-on-word in the translation, but the pure worryless fun remained integrally. Cha-la-la... Cha-la-la-la... (04-11-2004)

Barbara (taxbaby67@aol.com) says:
by the way, thank you for having the tra la la song. i haven't heard that in 30+ years since i was a little girl. played it over and over before i went to work and drove both the employees and gamblers crazy when i kept singing that song. was great that i did a duet with a customer that also remembered that song too :) that show brought back some good memories of saturday morning tv for us. had a blast :) !!!!!!!!!!! (04-09-2004)

Barbara (taxbaby67@aol.com) says:
i absolutely loved the banana splits!!!! i even went to king's island when i was 17 and all i wanted to do was see the banana splits, which i was fortunate enough to still see after sooo many years lol. as for a certain mouse...eat your heart out. wish boomerang network would carry it (sigh). (04-09-2004)

Greg Zatzkis (Mzatzkis@aol.com) says:
The Bannana Splits freaked me out because I woke up at four in the morning and saw that some weird monkies having a race and singing a song. Now, today I wake up at 9:00 A.M. and hear the Tra La La Song. That song is stuck in my head! So, I have seen the Bannana Splits today and about three years ago. That is why I went online and put in one bannana, two bannana, three bannana, four on the web search and found this website on the search. I had to enter it because I really couldn't get that song out of my head and I couldn't think of anything else.(I couldn't even think of entering The Bannana Splits because I had only seen them once) So, I am here on this website online. (04-04-2004)

danny paquin (bogadan2004@yahoo.com) says:
iam looking for as many photos of the tv show danger island .i would like to get some photos of chongo the guy that acted like a monkey hes my all time favarite tv characture please help me find photos.and tell me who played him and is he still alive. (04-01-2004)

Bradford (b) says:
The Banana Splits had some groovy tunes and I have the album in which I found at an antique show in 1992, the compact disc I got through a mail order thing I saw in Goldmine magazine and I had membership in the Banana Splits fan club and I had the stuffed dolls and the 45s. I am into finding more stuff by them and still listening to them. Hopefully, I might see albums and compact discs by Lancelot Link and the Evolution Revolution, the Archies, the Cattanooga Cats, the Groovy Ghoulies, the Impossibles, and the lis just goes on and on. (03-27-2004)

Darlene (flame19652001@yahoo.com) says:
Seeing this page and listening to the music brings back a lot of good memories.
I use to watch the Banana Splits all the time.
My favorite is Drooper.
Thanks for sharing. (03-21-2004)

H (speedygonzalis99@aol.com) says:
Do any one remember a little indian boy in bannana splits, when he flipped the back of his shoes he could run really fast . (03-20-2004)

pace1025 (pace1025@bellatlantic.net) says:
SIZE OF AN ELEPHANT !
Fantastic show - a parody, of a parody what fun!
I have this LP on tape and a fair copy on cd ! You can find this CD on Ebay. I did manage to get all the Danger Islands on tape when they ran the last marathon, whew !

PS get teh set of bobble heads - they are PERFECT (03-18-2004)






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