- Be-Bop-A-Lula by Gene Vincent and his Blue Caps (1956)
- Rama Lama Ding Dong by the Edsels (1958)
- Papa Oom Mow Mow by the Rivingtons (1962)
- Da Doo Ron Ron by the Crystals (1963)
- Doo Wah Diddy Diddy by the Exciters (1963)
- Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um by Major Lance (1963)
- Sha La La La Lee by the Small Faces (1966)
- Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da by the Beatles (1968)
- In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida by Iron Butterfly (1968)
- Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep by Middle of the Road (1971)
These include singing one song to the tune of another (e.g., Chuck Berry’s My Ding-a-Ling to the tune of Charles Aznavour’s She); Uxbridge English Dictionary, in which the panellists are asked to suggest new definitions for old words (e.g., randomize—a squint); and a series of games in which the teams are asked to suggest books, songs or movies that would appeal to a specific social group, such as accountants or farmers.
In the spirit of the last game, I would like to suggest a few ‘well-known’ songs that might appeal to an audience of fish:
- Shark, Rattle and Roll by Big Joe Tuna (1954)
- Theme for a Bream by Cliff Pilchard (1961)
- Twist and Trout by the Isley Brothers (1961)
- Cod Only Knows by the Beach Boys (1966)
- A Plaice in the Sun by Stevie Wonder (1967)
- Mullet of Kintyre by Wings (1977)
- Sprat Trap by the Boomtown Sprats (1978)
I accept full responsibility for the awfulness of these examples, although you should bear in mind the origins of I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue. I’m Sorry I’ll Read That Again, which featured two of the later show’s regular panellists and John ‘Otto’ Cleese, later a stalwart of Monty Python’s Flying Circus, was a 1960s BBC radio comedy whose stock-in-trade was the excruciatingly dreadful pun—you often heard the studio audience groaning in unison as yet another was delivered.
With this in mind, can you suggest other ‘fishy’ song titles? All your contributions will be published, regardless of how awful and contrived they are. The possibility that they are even more terrible than mine is fairly remote.