The novelty tune has a long history, going back to the inspired insanity of Spike Jones in the '40s. The form reached its arguable peak, however, during the '80s, with the advent of MTV. Suddenly, such eccentrics as "Weird Al" Yankovic, They Might Be Giants, the Flaming Lips, and the Dead Milkmen were able to score sizable hits. A kind of geek chic crept across the airwaves, stealing thunder from the arena rockers and material... More >>>