The Hut Sut Song
April 7, 2010 12:00 PM Subscribe
Hut-Sut Rawlson on the rillerah add a little brawla, brawla too it (YouTube video).
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It's a song people get obsessed with. Such as this Time writer
from 1941. And Kevin Murphy
from Mystery Science Theater 3000. The video seems to recognize the fact by literally having its singers (the King's Men
; no, not the ones who did "Louie, Louie") driven mad by the song.
Let's unlock its mysteries. Firstly, it was coauthored by Jack Owens
, who was quite a creator of earworms, such as these Hawaiian classics
Another author, Leo Killion
, was a Minneapolis native, and the song was inspired by -- and satirized -- the Swedish folk songs he heard growing up. He also helped create "no fault" car insurance, for what that's worth.
The third author, Ted McMichael
, won't surprise anybody who is familiar with nonsensical popular songs. After all, McMichael (who cofounded The Merry Macs
), was responsible for this equally maddening, equally impenetrable hit song
. Also from Minneapolis, by the way.
The Hut-Sut Song proved popular enough for multiple artists to record it. Here's Horace Heidt & His Musical Knights
's take on it. And Thore Ehrling & 4 kaytoners
, in dialect. Elsie Carlisle
sings it. The song even appeared in an animated version of Horton hatches The Egg
-- here's the video
It even inspired a font