Ba-Be-Bi-Bo-Bu, the Cuz's Anthem
December 22, 2016 4:01 PM   Subscribe

What song connects new-wave rock with American vaudeville and William Caxton, England's first printer and publisher? Why, it's Swingin' the Alphabet [text link], which was based on The Alphabet Song, otherwise called Ba-Be-Bi-Bo-Bu and The Cuz's Anthem.
Here it is performed by The Three Stooges, and by Oingo Boingo.

Bonus: Charles Wistar Stevens' College Song Book, including Ba Be Bi Bo Bu, and an abbreviated rendition by Dale from King of the Hill.
posted by Joe in Australia (6 comments total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
posted by Faint of Butt at 5:36 PM on December 22, 2016 [7 favorites]

Don't forget the Dale Gribble version:
posted by OrangeDisk at 5:46 PM on December 22, 2016

Um oops. Ignore me. You did remember Dale. Sorry for overlooking that.
posted by OrangeDisk at 5:51 PM on December 22, 2016

Forbidden Zone is not recommended viewing for general audiences. It has swell music.
posted by ovvl at 6:17 PM on December 22, 2016

My husband taught this to our son when he was 5, which is the perfect age, particularly when he realized how gloriously it works for P.

[spoiler alert: Pee! and Poo! in the same song!]
posted by Mchelly at 8:20 PM on December 22, 2016 [4 favorites]

Hey, what about Gene Vincent's "Bi-I-Bickie-By-Bo-Bo-Go", which he has said was inspired by the Stooges version. (Incredible guitar break.)
posted by Modest House at 10:03 AM on December 23, 2016

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