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July 23, 2011 1:56 PM   Subscribe

Na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na naaaaaa
posted by jason's_planet (59 comments total) 31 users marked this as a favorite

 
I thought that sounded familiar.
posted by The Great Big Mulp at 2:02 PM on July 23, 2011 [5 favorites]


Dave Marsh has something to say about the song as well.
posted by kimota at 2:09 PM on July 23, 2011 [1 favorite]


I thought this was going to be about Hey Jude.
posted by QuarterlyProphet at 2:13 PM on July 23, 2011 [6 favorites]


obligatory
posted by Dr.Enormous at 2:14 PM on July 23, 2011 [7 favorites]


I hope you're not making fun of these people, because the house dancers on Lawrence Welk doing "Land of 1,000 Dances" is cooler than Nas, Lupe, Eminem, Big L, Rakim, Raekwon, Ice Cube, Jay-Z, UGK, Z-Ro, Scarface, Shad, Common, Slaughterhouse, Masta Ace, Biggie, CunninLynguists, or Wu Tang doing, well ... anything. And as for Nino Tempo and April Stevens, I never really appreciated them until that clip. Scopitone. Man!
posted by Faze at 2:16 PM on July 23, 2011 [1 favorite]


I was just thinking about Ini Kamoze yesterday, while walking to my car. Small world?
posted by penduluum at 2:17 PM on July 23, 2011 [1 favorite]


I was so sure this was going to be a Katamari Damacy post.
posted by elizardbits at 2:25 PM on July 23, 2011 [26 favorites]


Batman! I mean, uh, Leader!

that's some pretty sick armor in the second vid
posted by codacorolla at 2:27 PM on July 23, 2011 [1 favorite]


na na na nya nyan
posted by jeffburdges at 2:29 PM on July 23, 2011


Wicked Wilson Pickett was the shit. That is all.
posted by Benny Andajetz at 2:36 PM on July 23, 2011 [3 favorites]


I prefer the Patti Smith version.

(The original just didn't have nearly enough bodily fluids.)
posted by Sys Rq at 2:42 PM on July 23, 2011 [2 favorites]


So fun! Needed this today. Thanks.
posted by nickyskye at 2:43 PM on July 23, 2011 [1 favorite]


So that's where the expression "lunatic fringe" comes from.
posted by FelliniBlank at 2:44 PM on July 23, 2011


Na na na na na na; Na na na na na na; Na na na na na na; Love this shit, keep'em coming.
posted by ouke at 2:45 PM on July 23, 2011 [2 favorites]


Per Wikipedia:

The song was written and first performed by Chris Kenner in 1962. The "na na na na" part was added in 1965 by Cannibal and the Headhunters, allegedly because the lead singer forgot the lyrics. The Wilson Pickett version that everyone knows was recorded in Pickett's first session at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.

The list of folks who've covered this song is long and diverse:

Joan Baez (Mostly a capella. Yawn.)

The Walker Brothers (Back before Scott got all weird and artsy and stuff.)

The Residents (I really love this one.)

Tom Jones (You know what? Elvis had NOTHING on this guy. What a performer.)

The J. Geils Band (I bet Peter Wolf got tired of people thinking he was J. Geils.)

Otis Redding (This makes me happy.)

The Nuge (Remember back when Ted just played guitar and combed his chest hair? Man. Those were the days.)

Ike & Tina Turner (This SLAYS.)

Steve Cropper (Make that guitar talk, Steve.)

Roy Orbison (Includes smokin' guitar solos, and the most ethereal male voice ever.)

The Mummies (Points for grooviness.)

The Gories (Featuring Mick Collins of The Dirtbombs.)

And of course, woven into one of the greatest albums ever made, Patti Smith's Horses.

BUT WAIT! THERE'S MORE!

Zdenka Kovačiček!

Rockapella!

The Action!

The University of Connecticut Marching Band!

And last but not least....

The Bamboozlers from Canterbury High School!
posted by BitterOldPunk at 2:53 PM on July 23, 2011 [30 favorites]


The Walker Brothers (Back before Scott got all weird and artsy and stuff.)


I'd kind of like to hear how Scott would do it now!
posted by FelliniBlank at 2:58 PM on July 23, 2011 [1 favorite]


Rockapella!

Where in the world are they now?
posted by Sys Rq at 3:07 PM on July 23, 2011 [5 favorites]


They should do a remake of that one.
posted by petepr at 3:12 PM on July 23, 2011


Batmaaaaan! Batmaaaaan! Batmaaaaan!
posted by erniepan at 3:17 PM on July 23, 2011 [2 favorites]


Oh boy, gonna freak out the grandkids this week!

(backbone may well slip)
posted by Surfurrus at 3:29 PM on July 23, 2011


Otis Redding & Wilson Pickett both in this compilation, oh my.
*swoons*
*throws motel keys up on the stage*
posted by madamjujujive at 3:29 PM on July 23, 2011 [1 favorite]


The Residents version, from Third Reich and Roll.
posted by idiopath at 3:38 PM on July 23, 2011


I was assuming the post was about the Tetris theme.
posted by louie at 3:45 PM on July 23, 2011


Anybody but me notice Nino in the Captain Kirk shirt lookalike?
posted by theplotchickens at 4:02 PM on July 23, 2011 [2 favorites]


I am torn between Wilson Pickett and his incredible Mojo Suit, and the WWF guys. Yeah! Picketts suit is awesome, I want one!
posted by Oyéah at 4:03 PM on July 23, 2011 [1 favorite]


Add to the cover versions one by Dave Barry, Stephen King, Tad Bartimus, Roy Blount, Jr., Michael Dorris, Robert Fulghum, Matt Groening, Barbara Kingsolver, Ridley Pearson, and Amy Tan.
posted by jocelmeow at 4:19 PM on July 23, 2011


Na na nana na na na nanananananana naaa!

Na na nana na na na nanananananana na!

Na na nana na na na nanananananana naaaaaa!

Naaah na nana na na na nanananananana na!

/Led Zeppelin
posted by bwg at 4:28 PM on July 23, 2011


I thought this was going to be about Journey.
posted by ellenaim at 4:35 PM on July 23, 2011 [1 favorite]


Man, I can't stop watching that Nino and April video -- it teeters on the brink of Prisencolinensinainciusol.
posted by FelliniBlank at 4:48 PM on July 23, 2011 [1 favorite]


Tom Jones is pure class.
posted by carter at 4:56 PM on July 23, 2011


I thought this was going to be links to several dufferent songs that use "na na na na", and which of course would have included this one.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 5:07 PM on July 23, 2011 [1 favorite]


What, nobody else watched FernGully recently?
posted by Winnemac at 5:11 PM on July 23, 2011 [1 favorite]


Man, Liv Tyler looks really good in that Nino and April video!

Wait, what's that...1966 you say? No, that doesn't make any sense at all...
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 5:22 PM on July 23, 2011 [1 favorite]


I think dufferent really should be a word.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 5:31 PM on July 23, 2011


I was so sure this was going to be a Katamari Damacy post.

No shit. I went through all the links thinking "well, this one must be the Katamari tune then, right?".
posted by EndsOfInvention at 5:34 PM on July 23, 2011 [1 favorite]


That WWF one is supremely weird. I was going to ask if that was Meat Loaf on drums, but the YouTube comments say not only is it him, it's also Cyndi Lauper on guitar?!
posted by adamdschneider at 6:01 PM on July 23, 2011 [2 favorites]


The Nino and April video reminds me of a Wil Ferrel SNL skit.
posted by daHIFI at 6:35 PM on July 23, 2011


There was a web site that offered weirdo and probably really illegally provided songs in a set of volumes called "The Land of 999 Dances."

It was better than this, a little.
posted by clvrmnky at 7:59 PM on July 23, 2011


na na na na na na na na na na na na na naaaaaa!
posted by elizardbits at 8:52 PM on July 23, 2011


FFS why is there no context? It's not clever!
posted by Brocktoon at 9:40 PM on July 23, 2011 [1 favorite]


This is the most perfect FPP that has ever been posted. No, seriously, two valid targets of righteous derision and mockery, I mean it was so bad Will Ferrell came in his pants at that second link, and is including a remake of it in his next movie as we speak... and then comes the original, performed live, and it's even more incredible than we remembered.

Legendary, legendary post. Thanks!
posted by Slap*Happy at 10:00 PM on July 23, 2011 [1 favorite]


As a kid who grew up in the 80's in socialist India having never heard this song until now, allow me to express a polite but incredulous WHAT THE EFFING FUCK WAS THAT to the first video, and point to this helpful chart navigating through all the na's to others who might express similar incredulity in the face of such televised depravity.

I can't un-remember this ever, can I.
posted by the cydonian at 10:01 PM on July 23, 2011


The Hey Jude flowchart theoretically lets you na forever.
posted by twoleftfeet at 10:08 PM on July 23, 2011 [1 favorite]


this helpful chart navigating through all the na's

1. "Batman" has twice as man na's as that.
2. "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" should have one more hey.
3. Where's "Gettin' Jiggy wit It"? Huh? Huh? Not only does it have a lot of na's--it was co-written by Nas.

Way to blow it, xkcd.
posted by Sys Rq at 10:11 PM on July 23, 2011 [1 favorite]


twoleftfeet, I favorited you so hard, I'm in a suit, skanking as hard as I can in an alleyway.
posted by Slap*Happy at 10:36 PM on July 23, 2011 [1 favorite]


That third clip was amazing for every second, and then topped it with a stage dive. Incredible.
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 11:21 PM on July 23, 2011 [1 favorite]


To my mind, nothing improves on the two minutes and thirteen seconds of the original single: Chris Kenner (mp3)
posted by Mister Bijou at 12:50 AM on July 24, 2011 [1 favorite]


Favoriting is not quite enough, I gotta testify ... This post has vaulted up into my Top Five Favorites Ever. Me too ... I let my backbone slip and it feels soo good. Thank you, j_p.
posted by thinkpiece at 4:54 AM on July 24, 2011 [1 favorite]


To my mind, nothing improves on the two minutes and thirteen seconds of the original single.

Except possibly this
posted by PeterMcDermott at 6:08 AM on July 24, 2011 [1 favorite]


To my mind, nothing improves on the two minutes and thirteen seconds of the original single.

Note no "na-na's" in the original. Where did this innovation, then creep in? Was it Cannibal's doing?
posted by Faze at 7:43 AM on July 24, 2011


Faze, read the Dave Marsh link above.
posted by jonmc at 7:46 AM on July 24, 2011


I'm just stunned that Faze has actually commented twice in the same thread. I've never seen that before. I didn't think he was able to do that.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 9:14 AM on July 24, 2011


Dave Barry's commentary on the song.

(Which is what I inescapably think of whenever I hear this song. I am, of course, not making this up.)
posted by HeroZero at 9:23 AM on July 24, 2011


I'm just stunned that Faze has actually commented twice in the same thread. I've never seen that before. I didn't think he was able to do that.

They unzip his straitjacket twice a day now.

(I kid because I love)
posted by jonmc at 9:44 AM on July 24, 2011


I love Metafilter.
posted by zennie at 9:46 AM on July 24, 2011


I love Metafilter.

Me, too!
posted by Mister Bijou at 9:49 AM on July 24, 2011


So fun! Needed this today. Thanks . . . Legendary, legendary post. Thanks! . . . This post has vaulted up into my Top Five Favorites Ever. . . Thank you, j_p . . . I love Metafilter.

You're welcome! Thanks to all of you for your kind words! And thanks to everyone who helped make this post!
posted by jason's_planet at 2:19 PM on July 24, 2011


Great post, great comments.
posted by erikgrande at 2:26 PM on July 24, 2011 [1 favorite]


Don't forget the Turkish version of "Land of 1000 Dances" by Erkin Koray, "Sana bir şeyler olmuş" (literally "I Have Something"), though the Turkish lyrics have nothing to do with the English lyrics (like how the lyrics of Sinatra's "My Way" have nothing to do with those of the original French version by Claude François's "Comme d'habitude").
posted by dhens at 2:34 PM on July 24, 2011 [2 favorites]


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