Beep Beep (song)

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"Beep Beep"
Single by The Playmates
from the album At Play with the Playmates
B-side "Your Love"
Released 1958
Format 7"
Genre Pop
Length 2:20
Label Roulette
Writer(s) Carl Cicchetti, Donald Claps
The Playmates singles chronology
"Don't Go Home"
(1958)
"Beep Beep"
(1958)
"Jo-Ann"
(1959)

"Beep Beep" is a novelty song by The Playmates. It describes an apparent competition between the drivers of a Cadillac and a Nash Rambler on the road, leading to a surprise revelation as to why the Rambler is racing the Cadillac.

The song is an example of accelerando, in which the tempo of the song gradually increases throughout the song. [1]

Charts[edit]

The song was on the Billboard Top 40 charts for twelve weeks, and peaked at #20.[2] It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc.[3] Concurrently with this song, American Motors (AMC) was setting production and sales records for the Rambler models.[4]

Because of a directive by the BBC that songs not include brand names in their lyrics, a version of "Beep Beep" was recorded for the European market replacing the Cadillac and Nash Rambler with the generic terms limousine and bubble car.

In Popular Culture[edit]

Homage is made to the "Beep Beep" in the 1959 hit song "Jo Jo The Dog Faced Boy" with the line, "Where in the world was the little Nash Rambler?". "Jo Jo The Dog Faced Boy" was sung by featured Mickey Mouse Club singer, Annette Funicello and written by Bob & Dick Sherman and Bob Roberts.

The song is sampled in the Marilyn Manson song "Misery Machine", which appears on the 1994 album Portrait of an American Family.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pica, Rae. Physical education for young children: movement ABCs for the little ones. p. 38. 
  2. ^ Broven, John. Record makers and breakers: voices of the independent rock 'n' roll pioneers. p. 246. 
  3. ^ Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 106. ISBN 0-214-20512-6. 
  4. ^ "Rambler in High Gear". Time. December 8, 1958. Retrieved February 21, 2014.