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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:

fillapillowg (marandprod@aol.com) says:
Could it really be the SGT.PEPPER of bubblegum music? Nope. Although as a kid watching this show on the old family black & white tv set, I often wondered "who's in those suits?" and "where can I find these songs?" It wasn't until years later that I became a record collecting junkie and ran across a tattered copy at a record show is when I finally got my hands on my own copy. Taking it home and putting it on my "second-hand/sandpaper vinyl only" turntable is when I started having my flashbacks of hearing these tunes. DID THIS STUFF SUCK!!! Nowhere near the talent of THE MONKEES (nor RUDY VALLEE either!) I can't believe copies go for big bucks on Ebay. Plus that hard-to-find bootleg cd reissue. This ain't as great as I remembered it. (06-08-2006)

jeff (jmills@wilkopaintinc.com) says:
Yes! The first time I heard Bob Marley's Buffalo Soldier, my first thought was "why would he rip off the tune from the Banana Splits?", then I thought, "how would he have seen the Banana Splits in Jamaica?". (05-31-2006)

Chris says:
It was in the 1990's, when I was 5 or 6, when I first saw the Bannana splits. It was great. Really early in the morning they would play on cartoonetwork sometimes and me and my uncle would just love watching it. We can't belive we remeber it, but that's how amazing this show was. (05-29-2006)

Pete (peter.ardern@sympatico.ca) says:
Does anyone know the site that has the opening credits/intro from the tv show where the Splits are doing their thing in the atv's etc etc??I found it once and now I cannot find the site...Please help. (05-26-2006)

Doug Keller (doug.keller@pmcompany.com) says:
This was by far the best adult show on TV. I have bought all the DVD's I could find. I hope there are some plans in the future for a reunion tour. I'll be in the house. (05-23-2006)

Russell Rosenkild (rrosenkild@rcn.com) says:
I was born in 1964, and I remember getting up on Saturday mornings, gorging on sugar-coated cereals and watching cartoons for several hours. My all time favorite show was the Banana Splits. My bedroom had their posters and I was a member of the fan club, which, if memory serves, was offered through Kelloggs' (I may be incorretct).
My favorite memory is of my mother taking my brother, sister and I to the grand opening of a Toys R Us in Ontario, California. It was here that I got to shake hands with Fred Flintstone and Barny Rubble, H.R. Pufnstuf, Ludicrous Lion and Dr. Blinky (from H.R. Pufnstuf), and the hightlight - ALL FOUR OF THE BANANA SPLITS! I remember being incredibly happy that day. Long live the Banana Splits!!! (05-20-2006)

Damian (sumdumbeaner@yahoo.com) says:
I just found the Banana Splits on Cartoon Networks Boomerang channel. Now I Tivo ever episode for my kids to watch. I remember waking up early on Saturday mornings just to watch them. The Three Musketeers, Arabian Knights, Danger Island, all of this and more. I love it. It sure beats the hell out of the crap they show nowdays. (05-17-2006)

Mark (guitarist187@aol.com) says:
Why in the HELL, don't they revive the Banana Splits Show. They bring all these wanna be imitators on in-sted... i.e. the Doodle Bops, Tele Tubbies, and etc..My baby daughters just heard the theme song "Tra La La" and their still
humming it!. Man, I tell ya' today's TV is going down the Damned Tubes. (05-12-2006)

Katrina (kchaffee@rochester.rr.com) says:
I was born in 1972. I very vaguely remember the Banana Splits. I had an older brother that watched it. He passed away when I was 13 so whenever I hear or think of them It brings back fond memories....I am so glad I found this site... (05-09-2006)

Cheryl C (cheryl92352@charter@net) says:
My husband sings the tra la la song all the time, he remembers the Banana splits better than I do.
He also would like to know where you can buy the album of the songs and possibly copies of the show on vhs or dvd.. thank you (05-01-2006)

RangerJoe (joeyc@newyorkrangershockey.com) says:
Ah, the Banana Splits, just one of those shows that you forget about due to the lack of play on cable channels...kinda like the The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan.

I remember the live-action sequences of the show that were filmed at a Kings Dominion Theme Park. I'd love to see it produced on DVD...Ebay here I come!

Does anyone remember if this show was part of Saturday mornings? I can't remember.

I'm still trying to find a Saturday morning commercial that I was in as a kid. The segment was about 1-2 minutes in length and was called "Time Out." It focused on kids safety, and the one I'm looking for was titled "Playground Safety."

If anyone remembers that, email me!

(04-29-2006)

Denise (Dbflo@aol.com) says:
I loved these guys, I watched them in the 70's. I have seen them in comercials on boomerang and I have asked so many people don't you remember The Banana Splits!!!! They were the kids rock group. (04-29-2006)

Kevin says:
"Uh oh Chongo, it's Danger Island next"

Wow, the last time I heard that was some time way back in the '60s . I don't remember any Danger Island episodes at all, but I do remember the Three Musketeers, although I never could remember their names. Porthos? Fathos?

Has it really been that long ago? (04-28-2006)

Brian (Brian.wilson@bt.com) says:
i remember this from a mis spent youth in the early eighties, what a complete carry-on!!! one of my friends has video recordings of repeats from the Cartoon Network and my 16 month old niece just loves it, forget your Tweenies, Boobah or Barney, she lives for Fleagle, Bingo, Drooper and Snork, but her favourite by far is Bingo! very much overlooked, this is a delight to watch, because there is nothing better than mindless anarchy when your a kid, its amazing how many folk love this series, BRING IT BACK!!!! sing up now! TRAAA LAAA LAAAAA LAA LAA LAA LAAAAAAA........ (04-28-2006)

Marnie (mistress_of_disharmony@hotmail.com) says:
I'm desperate to know where I might be able to find a Banana Splits dvd, any help would be greatly appreciated. (04-25-2006)

spencer (skudbone@sbcglobal.net) says:
THE BANANA SPLITS ROCK!
ALTHOUGH I WAS BORN IN 1970, I WAS STILL FORTUNATELY ABLE TO WATCH ALL THE RE-RUNS ON MY LOCAL TV STATION.
IT IS ONE OF MY FIRST AND FONDEST CHILDHOOD MEMORIES! EVERY TIME I HEAR THE TRA LA LA SONG AND JUST CAN'T HELP BUT TO SMILE AND REMINICSE!! (04-24-2006)

Vincent (vincent-bennett@sbcglobal.net) says:
I did not even know that the show aired in the 60's because I watched it as a child in the 70's. But, it was one of my favorites and I am glad to see that there are others just like me that can relate back to the good times. (04-16-2006)

Jodes (jodi1721@comcast.net) says:
My husband and I have been trying to remember the words to the Banana Split Song, Thank-You for this site!! It makes me feel like a kid again to eat my cereal (now its granola instead of fruit loops)and head bob to the "Splits"! Wouldn't it be great if one of the TV Channels did a nostalgia Saturday Morning Cartoons Celebration from the 60's and 70's??? I'd be right there ..on the floor...three feet from the TV screen, with a pop tart and my Gradmothers quilt!!! Hmmm...maybe I'll start singing H.R. Puff'n Stuff to my hubby on the way to work! He'll think I've lost it...or join in!! Thanx for the memories! (04-06-2006)

joseph dalfonzo (wilditilian@verizon.net) says:
i need to know if dropper was played by [clif maier] in early epesodes.can you confirm this and send to my e-mail address.thanks

jd (03-30-2006)

Jeff says:
I remember joining the Banana Splits fan club. At one point, I had a small motorized 6 wheel ATV (a miniature like the ones in the show) that would actually float and propel itself in the water, seems like it was available if you were in the fan club. Wish I still had it. (03-10-2006)






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