Awesome things to know about Mungo Jerry:
- Although no one in the band has the name Mungo Jerry, the band is named after a poem named “Mungojerrie and Rumpelteazer“, which is even better than the poem that earned Cornelius Crane “Chevy” Chase his nickname.
- The band does feature a member named Toby Hounsham, and some of its original members included two guys surnamed Conostavlos, a fella named Bizz Bissiker, and the legendary Sev Lewkowicz. That roster is so good that I believe it accounts for the first time ever that two people sharing a last name have been featured on consecutive days on this blog.
- The song has a tempo of 42 beats per minute, which every Hitchhiker’s Guide reader knows is the answer to the universe. This fact was listed in a book by someone who writes about even weirder things than we do.
- Their most famous video features a guy with a mustache blowing on a glass bottle.
- According to Joseph Murrell’s The Book of Golden Discs, “Mungomania” was “possibly the most startling and unexpected pop phenomenon to hit Britain since The Beatles.”
- Several of their top hits had long or hilarious names, such as “Baby Jump,” “You Don’t Have To Be In The Army To Fight In The War,” and “Long-Legged Woman Dressed In Black.” Their most recent album was released this year… its name: Cool Jesus.
- Lead singer Ray Dorset once wrote a song for Elvis Presley (who has a very funny name that fell victim to the Sylvester Stallone treatment).
- Look at Dorset’s sideburns! If you already watched the video above, watch it again (posted below for your convenience). It’s almost enough for us to add a sideburns corollary to The Mustache Humor Summation!
* Civil War General Ambrose Burnside was the namesake of “sideburns”. We will be posting about him in the not-so-distant future.
I must check out “Cool Jesus” just because. Love the rock chops!
Drama geek alert! The poem was also the basis for the musical CATS … and yes, two of the featured singing and dancing felines are named Mungojerrie and Rumpelteazer
Hoo-boy. Hilarious. Funny to think any of those guys would have been considered good looking or hip. Thanks for digging it all up:-)
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