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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:

Ter the Sour Grape (basslinedrumatrix@yahoo.com) says:
There were two Kellogs 45's, (I have both and the LP) I think each had a song not on the LP. Also there is at least one more song they did on the show that never made it to vinyl (don't have the boot CD, so don't know whats on that). ...I taped it from the reruns that I believe are still airing on Cartoon Network. I suggest you tape the show on a HiFi VCR if you don't feel like shelling out for the vinyl (though the tv broadcast would be mono)...and you might also get the rare song(s). Could someone e-mail me and let me know what's on the boot CD? (12-04-1999)

Mr. Green says:
I found a copy of this at a comic book convention in 1984 for $2. Great buy. (11-25-1999)

Michael.K says:
The Dickies ("Killer Klowns from Outer Space") did a cover of the Tra-La-La song, which rocks. But I can't find that album either. To heck with the music, bring back the *show*! (11-23-1999)

Fredd Cassiano (judgefredd2@hotmail.com) says:
Why nobody does something good as they did before? I mean, beautiful things in our lives... (11-17-1999)

shane/drooper fan #1 says:
I REMEMBER WATCHING THESE GUYS EVERY SATURDAY MORNING FOR 1 HOUR. I COULDN'T WAIT TO SEE WHAT THEY WERE GOING TO DO NEXT. I WAS ONLY 4-5 YRS. OLD BACK THEN,I'M 34 NOW', AND JUST A FEW YEARS AGO THEY HAD A BUNCH OF OLD TV EPISODES ON AND I MANAGED TO RECORD EVERY ONE OF THEM. KIND OF FUN TO GO BACK AND RELIVE SOME THINGS I THOUGHT WERE GONE FOREVER EXCEPT IN MY MEMORIES. (10-20-1999)

Greeneyedscorpio (greeneyedscorpio@yahoo.com) says:
I just got a vinyl reproduction (very well done) of this today and I've already taped it and listened to it in the car several times today! This album has a few low spots on it, but they even the low spots are fun to listen to, and talk about evoking images! These songs make you think of the gang doing something pointless and stupid at an amusement park every time. The song "Wait till tomorrow" is very good, too. Sounds very little like the Splits, but its good. There's also a cool little instrumental on here. This album is very good, holds it own with anything of today thats made for kids. What kid wouldn't choose these guys over a crappy Celine Dione-sung Disney soundtrack anyway?!? (10-18-1999)

SueBri says:
Tra la la..lalalala.....tralala...lalalala...how many bananas?...tralala..lalalala.tralala.lalalala... (10-02-1999)

Vynyl Junkie (SASdj@Yahoo.com) says:
Whoa! Was that "Harlem Shuffle" I'm hearing on the "Soul" intro?!?!?!? If I didn't see the Decca arrow on the corner of the jacket, I'd swear this came out on Bhudda (sounds a little like Ohio Express & 1910 Fruitgum Co.) (09-28-1999)

Wild`Bill (bgspradlin@earthlink.net) says:
I remember watching the Banana Splits when I was in Second grade in 1969-70. I rather watch thier "videos" (that were shot at Six Flags in Arlington TX) than some of the junk I see on MTV. I have this CD too, but it was "mastered" from old vinyl records and not the original tapes, not a great sounding CD but I was lucky to score it for under $20! I wished some company like Rhino would get the rights for this LP and release a legitimate CD. I also have the Original Kellogs EP 2-fer in great shape with songs that were not on the Decca album (not for sale!) (08-16-1999)

kenny says:
Great Bubblegum Music for it's time. Featuring than, an unknown Barry White as a member.Even as good as this LP was for it's time,it is still nowhere as good as "THE CATTANOOGA CATS" P that I own on Forward Records from 1969.Now that is pure & true Bubblegum for ya. (07-25-1999)

Cheese Dude says:
The Banana Splits were my role models. I can't believe they broke up. If you ask me, it all started when the lead singer started dating that weird artist woman! I think her name is Yogert Ohno. (06-09-1999)

Big Banana says:
The Banana Splits rule. Yeah, baby. (05-22-1999)

Matt says:
The word on the street is that Jello Biafra is the one pumping out the Banana Splits bootleg. I think the Bananas Splits are 100 million times better than the Dead Kennedys, punk rock and the big pile of pseudo-lectual dog shit known as Indie Rock. (05-17-1999)

Steven Guy (asat@nwlink.com) says:
This album, presumably aimed at an audience too young to appreciate the fact, contains songs by Ritchie Adams, Al Kooper, Barry White, Gene Pitney, and Jimmy Radcliffe, making the Bananna Splits the Travelling Wilburys of soul. Not bad for four guys in sweaty mascot costumes. (05-11-1999)

Chronic says:
Anyone who doesn't like the Banana Splits, simply doesn't know how to have fun. (05-06-1999)

Chongo says:
Once in a while you can find a copy of this album or the bootleg CD version on eBay. The CD goes for around $50. Bow down and worship me, I own both the vinyl and the CD! (04-29-1999)

Pierre the french bear says:
I can't listen to the bananas extract but the cover art of the album is simply incredible!!!!! Great band for sure! (03-18-1999)

Puff'n Stuff says:
God, I've found heaven! The Banana Splits!! This is what its all about. I found a copy of this on Gemm one time for $100! Damn it! I want this album! (03-15-1999)

Home-boy Snorky G. says:
Looks like something someone found in a garbage can somewhere! Bannana Splits, yeah! (03-15-1999)






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