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They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa! - Single

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The hit single, plus more atonal odes to madness varying the bedrock elements of minimal percussion and speeded-up chant/vocals. "Marching Off to Bedlam," "Let's Cuddle Up in My Security Blanket, " "Dr. Psyche, the Cut-Rate Head-Shrinker, " "I'm Happy They Took You Away, Ha-Haaa!" (the last credited to Josephine XV)—all are much more amusing to read as titles than to actually sit through. All of the material is available on the Rhino CD reissue The Second Coming.

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Love it, but

i Love this song, it's been my Mom's, sister's, and my "official" song ever since we first heard it. i just wish iTunes had included the B-side, "!Aaah-Ah, Yawa Em Ekat ot Gnimoc Er'yeht", that would have been so awesome.

Good memories

Reminds me of listening to Dr. Demento on Sunday nights years ago.

In memory

Bought this song in memory of my late husband. Just learned it was a childhood favorite of his! ;) I have never heard it before - LOL!!!


Born: May 3, 1938 in New York, NY

Genre: Spoken Word

Years Active: '60s

The weirdest novelty record to hit the Top 40 -- indeed, a strong candidate for the weirdest hit record of any kind, period -- was Napoleon XIV's "They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!" Against a clomp-clomp tambourine beat, Napoleon spoke-chanted his manic-depressive tale of failed romance, the vocals suddenly speeding up into an unsettlingly cheerful giddiness as sirens revved up in the background. Not a single note of music was played or sung throughout the track, which zoomed up to number...
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