blatantly bad 70s music: telephone man (meri wilson)

hold on to your genitals hats: it’s one of them there novelty songs.

in the fine tradition of benny hill and all those other comics who live for double entendres, meri wilson employed naughty little phrases to talk about her time with the guy who was supposed to putting in her phone. (i’ll spare you the need to listen to the song: the lyrics are here. gawsh.) apparently, it was based on a true experience. (and who says those penthouse letters aren’t true?)

now you may ask yourself: how does a song like this end up so popular? well, if david hasselhoff can be popular in germany; if the three stooges are actually considered funny, well, there’s a market for anything, i guess. this song is so many colors of awful; i can’t even bring myself to write about it. out of respect for the dead, i won’t go off on ms. wilson.

but you bet your ass i’m glad i live in times when the telephone man isn’t necessary when the phones go awry.

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10 Responses to “blatantly bad 70s music: telephone man (meri wilson)”

  1. Curiosity got the best of me. I had to listen to it.

    Ack.

  2. I remember this! Yea, that’s corny even for novelty songs. Funny that she had a Masters in Musical Education. I’m generally a fan of the genre, though – Weird Al is my hero!

  3. MiddleBro Says:

    In Satan’s jukebox, this is, of course, the B-side of
    Chuck Berry’s My Ding-A-Ling

  4. Oh, I am so glad someone brought up “My Ding-A-Ling” (well, if i had one) because that is exactly what I thought of when listening to “Telephone Man.” Dude, it is so sad that I know most every word to both of those songs. And, I was a kid then!

    I can remember singing about all the places I would put the telephone. “I would put it on my cat, I would put it on my mom, I would put it on my brothers”…I had no clue then. Thanks for the memories. My ding-a-ling, my ding-a-ling…Won’t you play with my ding-a-ling?!! I’m kind of diggin’ on Satan’s jukebox.

  5. This is one I’ve never heard. However, I fell off my chair LMAO at MiddleBro’s reference to “Satan’s jukebox”. Too funny.

    Where in the firmament did you find this gem?

  6. OTC, meet my middlebro. you two are truly a match made in heaven. or hell, where you both groove to satan’s jukebox. (good one, bro :-)

  7. alto – the gem being telephone man? it’s a horrible memory from childhood.

    the gem being middlebro? can’t help that one. i was born after him :-)

  8. My Ding-a-Ling is a great song! Just as good, maybe even better depending on your sense of humor, is Bob Rivers’ remake of it, called “G’Bye Ding-a-Ling” (1994, in response to news of our local couple, John & Loretta Bobbitt).

  9. Hey Lolly lolly! omg that was horrible…

  10. [...] wreke’s dropping daily doozies.  Blatantly bad 70s songs is her theme for NaBloPoMo.  Telephone man, anyone?  Yep, she’s leaving no lava lamp [...]

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