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1.29.2006

Pink Panther Punk (Kid Stuff, KSS-117, 1981)

Well it's not too hard to figure out where the idea for this came from. In fact maybe the real head scratcher is why, after the surprise success of Chipmunk Punk, there weren't way MORE kiddie record labels trying to figure out a way to cash in on the clearly lucrative Novelty Punk children's market. While Chipmunk Punk at least skirted around the edges of mainstream New Wave, Pink Panther Punk can be noted by its insistence on COMPLETELY missing the mark; the LP is a weird mix of between-song skits that lead into covers of somewhat contemporary songs by AOR faves Pink Floyd, Billy Joel & the Doobie Brothers (with Blondie's "Call Me" providing the sole Wave-O moment) alongside equally crummy originals like "Rock And Roll Panther", "Panther on the Prowl", and "It's Punk" all written by producer John Braden. Despite top billing the pink one himself only sings a song or two, and though perpetually silent in the cartoons he's vocally imagined here as a charmless Tommy Chong-esque stoner. Pretty much like you always figured I'm sure.


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16 Comments:

Blogger threerandot said...

I'm gonna download this and give it a listen. I was wondering if you had a record that my little brother had as a child. This record included the songs, "Tippy The Tiger", "What's In The Elephant's Trunk", "Gerry The Big Giraffe" and "The Unicorn". The Unicorn song was dull, but the others were hilarious. I used to laugh my head off at this one. If you could post that record I would be forever thankful.

- threerandot (Power Records Plaza)

1/29/2006 8:31 PM

 
Blogger Jason said...

No I don't have it but I found some info on it here

...and here's the data (from that same page) about a few albums it was on.

Puff The Magic Dragon, Peter Pan, 1980's.
Contents: Puff the magic dragon / Lenny the leopard / Chip the chimpanzee / The grumpy old crocodile / Tippy the Tiger / Jerry, the giraffe / The mean old grizzly bear / Zebra stripes / Hippi and Lippi / What's in an elephant's trunk / The lion with the mangy mane

Children's Favorites, Peter Pan, 1988
Contents: Little Red Riding Hood / Three little pigs / Goldilocks and the three bears / That's in an elephant's trunk / Gerry the giraffe / Hippi and Lippi (the hippos) / Chimp the chimpanzee / Zebra stripes / Lenny the leopard / Mary and her little lamb / Tippy the tiger / The grumpy old crocodile / The mean old grizzly bear

...and the email of someone who was offering to burn it to CD in 2003:

KellyG629@aol.com

Good luck; maybe you can track it down either through that link or through a search with of album title.

1/29/2006 10:18 PM

 
Blogger Ben T. said...

I kinda like "Panther on the Prowl"

But I agree Kid Stuff records was notorious for totally missing the mark. I also believe they were notorious for totally disregarding the need to give credit or pay royalties.
I have a copy of their LP "Pinball Wizard and Other Elton John Favorites", in which they completely omit any credit to The Who for Pinball Wizard. (No credit is given to bernie Taupin either) The songs are done in a book and record format, with a woman first reading the lyrics to you, and then a cheapo house choir sings each song (So Elton John isn't even involved with this rendition of Pinball Wizard.)
I seriously doubt that they ever paid a dime to Elton John for using his name or the songs that were really his.

2/05/2006 11:34 PM

 
Blogger Jason said...

Not hard to believe at all -- have you ever heard their Fat Albert Halloween record? It's just a straight pressing of the audio from a (mostly visual) TV special, so about half of it is just "hair raising" sounds of the kids running around.

On the other hand the Kid Stuff "Mostly Ghostly" Halloween record is so damn cheap & freakish that it's truly great. Cake & Polka Parade has some clips & they're worth checking out if you like this kind of thing.

2/06/2006 10:43 PM

 
Blogger swarlock said...

I'm embarassed to say that I still have this. Mom got it for me years ago because she knew I liked The Pink Panther. I've only played it once or twice and never played it again. Chipmunk Punk was the better album in my opinion.

6/24/2006 11:03 AM

 
Anonymous kimber said...

Threerandot - I used to have that cassette when I was a kid too - tippy the tiger...etc., and I'm desperately looking for it for my sister's kids. I cannot remember the name of the album - do you know what it is? And Jason...that link doesn't work any longer. I'm glad someone else knows about this because I was starting to think I made it up!

9/07/2006 5:45 AM

 
Anonymous alan said...

i love the kid stuff record label! i blogged about "e.t. i love you, and other extraterrestrial songs for children" over at waxidermy. you can find a link to the review (with some samples) here. i'd never seen the pink panther one before tho...what a treat!

9/14/2006 7:01 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank You for letting me relive my childhood.

9/15/2006 9:39 AM

 
Blogger anajonda said...

I still have this LP, though, unfortunately, it's far from playable. Would you still happen to have the link for this? It would quell a long-standing jonesing for a nostalgic childhood sound.

3/01/2009 6:13 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just wanted to add something about the album(s) that contained the Gerry the Big Giraffe song. The band/orchestra who played it were called the Rocking Horse Players. I was able to find a copy of this on Ebay and bought it to send to a friend, since he used to drive my sister and I crazy playing that darn thing over and over and over, till we'd beg him to "please stop playing that record and that song!" I went to visit him and his wife when we were all in our early 20's and he was playing that damn record. His wife said he had found it at his mothers house and had been driving her mad playing it over and over again. I laughed like crazy. Poor woman!

4/03/2009 9:59 AM

 
Anonymous Mike Maffei said...

I also grew up listening to the Rocking Horse Record with all the animal songs on it. I have the vinyl version(no sleeve) and it's scratched but still playable. If anyone knows how/where to find it on CD, I would be very appreciative.

10/27/2009 4:19 PM

 
Blogger Dana said...

I recently won an auction on Ebay for a LP called Puff the Magic Dragon by Peter Pan records. The songs are Puff the Magic Dragon, What's in the Elephant's trunk, The Lion with the Mangy Mane, Jerry the Giraffe, The Grumpy Old Crocodile, Chip the Chimpanzee, Lenny the Leopard, Tippy the Tiger, The Mean Old Grizzly Bear, Zebra Stripes and Hippi and Lippi. I used to love this as a kid in the 70's! Thought it was a riot! One morning I was sitting in my kitchen and the elephant song came to me out of nowhere. Too funny! Did a search and found it on Ebay. Have not played it yet since I do not have a turntable. I am working on it. It says Peter Pan Singers and Orchestra.

1/11/2010 12:53 PM

 
Anonymous New Grandma said...

Some lyrics

Little Tippy the tiger

With his little furry mittens

You will never find a cuter kitten

Tippy the tiger

Such a nosy cosy little fellow with his stripes of brown and yellow


Little Tippy the tiger thought that he was quite a grown up

so he tripped off on his own up to the corner

Little tippy

Soon discovered he was lost

Began crying mumma, mumma


Baby tiger too cute to spank

Baby tiger too cute for tank


Little Tippy the tiger

Mumma found that he was missing

She was in no mood for kissing

Little Tippy the tiger

After she had done her tiger thanking

Tippy got a tiger spanking


Little Tippy the tiger

With his little furry mittens

You will never find a cuter kitten

Tippy the tiger

Such a nosey cosy little fellow with his stripes of brown and yellow

Baby tiger too cute to spank

Baby tiger too cute for tank


Little Tippy learned a lesson

Now you can start to betting that not soon will he begin forgetting

Tippy the tiger

After she had done her tiger thanking

Little tippy got a tiger spanking

7/17/2010 9:15 PM

 
Anonymous New Grandma said...

More lyrics
The mean old grizzly bear
Was mean as he could be
The mean old grizzly bear
Was mean from A to Zee


So he lost his claws in all of his paws
He lost his teeth in both of his jaws
No claws in his paws, no teeth in his jaws
And his colour turned to green
That’s what he got for being mean


The mean old grizzly bear
Got meaner every day
The mean old grizzly bear
Got meaner in every way


So he lost the hair on his chinny chin chin
His chest was bare and his belly caved in
No hair on his chin, his belly caved in
He was ashamed to be seen
That’s what he got for being mean


The mean old grizzly bear
Decided to change his ways
And he was oh so good
For days and days and days


He grew new claws in all of his paws
He grew new teeth in both of his jaws
New claws in his paws
New teeth in his jaws
And his colour is what it was before


And he isn’t mean any more

7/17/2010 9:31 PM

 
Anonymous New Grandma said...

Hippy and Lippy the hippopotamuses
Hippopotomi
Hippy and Lippy the hippopotamuses
Hippopotomi


Played beside the river when they were young
Played beside the river when spring was sprung
Made up their minds that there would be
A merry gentle family
Hippy and Lippy the hippopotamuses
Hippopotomi


They had a wedding the very next June
They were the river’s cutest bride and groom
They swam up the river on their honeymoon
Hippy and his darling Lippy
They stopped in the city to see the circus
And they became dazzled by the cities glow
They bought a house in the city
And what do you know the family began to grow and grow and grow


Hippy and Lippy the hippopotamuses
Hippopotomi
They go to the river when spring is sprung
Think about the days when they were young
Take all the little hips that love has brung
And sing all the love songs that once they sung
Hippy and Lippy the hippopotamuses
Hippopotomi


I’m Lippy
I’m Hippy

7/17/2010 9:42 PM

 
Anonymous New Grandma said...

More lyrics

The grumpy old crocodile
Is grumpy tonight
He’s growling and snapping left and right
His old rheumatism has been acting up all day
All the baby crocodiles
Are keeping out of his way


The grumpy old crocodile
Is grumpy tonight
He’s growling and snapping left and right
He used all his medicine and what do you suppose
His poor old back is aching from his tail to his nose


The grumpy old crocodile
So grumpy he could weep
The baby crocodiles all hide around the corner and peep
They’ll hide until old grumpy just grumps out and falls asleep
And falls asleep


And falls asleep
And falls asleep
And falls asleep
And falls asleep

7/17/2010 10:25 PM

 

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