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Listen to "The Zippy Theme Song"

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Music: Fred Thaler & Janis Siegel (of The Manhatttan Transfer)
Lyrics : Fred Schneider (of the B-52's)
Additional vocals: Phoebe Snow, Marc Cohen, Fred Thaler and Jon Hendricks (scat)
Acoustic piano and synth bass: Fred Thaler
Drums: Ray Markowitz

Lyrics below.
 

NEW! Listen to the Bill Griffith BBC interview

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Recorded in the Zippy Studio June 23, 2008.
Interviewer: Phill Jupitus.
Producer: Kirsten Lass.
First broadcast on BBC Radio/Current Affairs,
July 19, 2008.
Title: "Phill Jupitus' Comic Love".
Also contains interviews with Garry Trudeau and others.
Time: 27.23

THE ZIPPY THEME SONG (lyrics by Fred Schneider)

Some say he was born on a distant planet
4,538 years ago
Others say he was sold for five hundred dollars
To a travelling carnival sideshow
But all I know is
Zippy! He’s the cool in Cool Whip
Zippy! He’s the blast in bean dip
Watch out! Yow! ‘Cause here he comes
A totally modular fellow
The maraschino in Jell-o
Zippy! What a baby boomer
Zippy! He’s a real consumer
If the rinse cycle of sorrow is spoilin’ your day
There’s a polka-dotted pinhead headin’ your way
Yow! Zippy! He put the whiz in the cheese
(His life’s a patio of fun)
Zippy! A heart as pure as Tastee Freeze
(With sunshine and astroturf and loads and loads of Ding Dongs)
Zippy! From Levittown to Rigel
Zippy! It’s taco sauce and Digel
The 24-hour shopping mall is where he’s at
Are we having fun yet?
Liz and Lonnie yell, "You bet!"
Zippy! From Mars to any Main Streeet
Zippy! It’s Cap’n Crunch and lunch meat
The polka-dotted pinhead that’s workin’ his way
In to your artificial hearts today
Zippy, Zippy, Zippy...
(scat break by Jon Hendricks)
Zippy! He put the Dream in the Whip
(Exciting as a Day Glo Tilt-a-whirl)
His mind’s a polysorbate trip
(With sunshine and astroturf and loads and loads of Ding Dongs)
Zippy! Why try it, he’ll like it
Zippy! Don’t test for safety, he’ll buy it
The 24-hour laundromat is where he’s at
Socialites from coast-to-coast
Even alien game show hosts want
Zippy! He’s hot as a wire
Zippy! Or a deep fat fryer
The polka-dotted pinhead with a ton of glamour
Livin’ in the fast lane at the Bowl-A-Rama
He’s the pearhead with the pow
He’s in the here and now
It’s Zippy!
Yeah, yeah, yeah, Zippy!
It’s Zippy------Yow!

Listen to "Pinheads Are Everywhere"

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Recorded 1986, San Francisco CA:
Lyrics: Bill Griffith
Music: Tim Barrett
Lead Vocal: Dan Hiatt
Back-up vocals: The Zippettes (Deb Pollock, Monica Gurney and Mary Valentino)
Band: No Sisters

PINHEADS ARE EVERYWHERE: Lyrics by Bill Griffith

On the streets the people stop and stare
They scan me from feet to hair
"They look at your cranium as if it was uranium"
Hey! I dress as good as Fred Astaire

Is my nose job all right?
Is my bow on too tight?
I feel like a Bartlett pear
So I take off my shoe
And I yell at them too---

PINHEADS ARE EVERYWHERE!

Grabbed the bus to Ancient Rome
"They all noticed your tapered dome"
Two Cub Scouts playing Scrabble
Beneath the Tower of Babel
Showed me their metronome

Should I pull up my gown?
Am I still in Levittown?
How much is the subway fare?
What's so weird about me?
Take a look at Joey Dee!

PINHEADS ARE EVERYWHERE!

(Pinheads are everywhere...Pinheads are everywhere...Pinheads are everywhere...Pins-s-s-s-s-s.)

Dolly Parton's a pin. Dean Martin's a pin
Likewise for Smokey the Bear
Ann Landers Colonel Sanders, Ronald Reagan, Menachim Begin,

PINHEADS ARE EVERYWHERE!

On as spree for Tang and Junior Mints
"Took the Mustang, left the wash on rinse"
I took off my fedora
And filled it with Cremora
Three busboys yelled, "You shoulda used a blintz!"

Are my dots on OK? Uh-oh--
Should I wear a toupee?
"Is it fun to play solitaire?
"You come from Peru! So we yell at you too"

PINHEADS ARE EVERYWHERE!

(Pinheads are everywhere...Pinheads are everywhere...Pinheads are everywhere...Pins-s-s-s-s-s.)

Liberace's a pin, Tony Valaci's a pin
Same goes for Melvin Laird ("Who's he?")
Reverend Moon, Debbie Boone,
Conway Twitty, Hello Kitty

PINHEADS ARE EVERYWHERE!

(Pinheads are everywhere...Pinheads are everywhere...Pinheads are everywhere...Pins-s-s-s-s-s.)

Can't you see I'm just a modern guy?
"He's a surfer from uptown Tenafly"
I like to pay my taxes
And listen to the saxes
Whoo! Gimme some Cool Whip
And two quarts of red dye

Yow! It's time to go bowl
Am I out on parole?
"Oh, Zippy, you're so debonaire"
What'd Spinoza say to Freud?
"Life is a trapezoid!"

PINHEADS ARE EVERYWHERE!

(Pinheads are everywhere...Pinheads are everywhere...Pinheads are everywhere...Pins-s-s-s-s-s.)

Al Capone's a pin, Fred Flintstone--a pin ("Wilma!!")
"Don't forget Sonny and Cher"
William Bendix. Jimi Hendrix.
Fred MacMurray, what, me worry?

PINHEADS ARE EVERYWHERE!

(Spoken) Uh-oh! We're out of automobile parts and rubber goods
Wait, I've got an idea--
I'll stare at you so hard, you'll
Forget your Social Security number!

Yow! It's great to be single!
But will it improve my cash flow?

Hi, Cliff! Hey. I'm going to become an
Average American teenager and change
My entire life savings into quarters!
Should I get locked in the principal's office
Or have a vasectomy?

Hello, hello, Al?
Could you come over and give me a
Sensitive portrayal of a victimizes middle class homeowner?

Yow! I am having fun!
Hmmm...I wonder if it's net fun or gross fun?
The breading on my scallop is of an even thickness
But I want a rewrite on my Caesar Salad
If room service doesn't come soon,
I'm going to leave my body.

I'm wearing Pampers!
When you begin to feel shooting pains
In your stomach, do two deep knee-bends
And have dessert!
Here I am in America---I like it!
I hate it! I like it! I hate it!
Emotions are sweeping over me!

I'm taking a meeting!
When do I go into profits?
Where's my eviction notice?
We're all over thirty---
Let's talk about real estate!

Uh-oh....Uh-oh....Uh-oh....

Listen to "I'm Zippy"

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Recorded 1986, San Francisco CA:
Lyrics: Bill Griffith
Music: Tim Barrett
Lead Vocal: Dan Hiatt
Back-up vocals: The Zippettes (Deb Pollock, Monica Gurney and Mary Valentino)
Band: No Sisters

 

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