Cartoons (band)

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Cartoons
Also known as Cartoons DK
Origin Denmark
Genres Glam pop, pop, bubblegum dance, Eurodance
Years active 1996–2006
Labels FLEX (1996–99)
EMI (Denmark) (2000–06)
Past members Toonie (Martin Østengaard)
Sponge (Jesper Dukholt)
Shooter (Erling Jensen)
Buzz (Dave Stevens, b. UK)
Puddy (Natasja Skov)
Boop (Karina Jensen)

Cartoons, also known as Cartoons DK, were a technobilly/glam pop band from Denmark, best known for their 1998 Eurodance cover of the 1958 novelty song, "Witch Doctor" by Ross Bagdasarian, as well as for their outlandish plastic costumes and wigs used in live performances as caricatures of 1950s American rock and roll stars. Many of their hits are Europop covers of old rockabilly hits.

The band has so far sold over 2 million albums,[citation needed] making them one of the most successful Danish pop bands ever.[citation needed] They have also been nominated for Danish Grammys according to their official website.

The sextet, who use the stage names Trouser Trows, Toonie, Sponge, Shooter, Buzz, Puddy, and Boop, were first signed to FLEX Records, moving later to EMI Denmark.

Their most notable single to date is "Witch Doctor", which reached number two in the UK Singles Chart;[1] with its combination of the original's "ooh-ee-ooh-aah-aah" chorus (although lacking that record's double-speed playback of the chorus), driving dance beat and occasional guitar breaks.

They had further success in the UK with the Top 10 hit, "Doodah!" (a version of the American folk song "Camptown Races"); the Top 20 hit "Aisy Waisy", which was performed on Jim Davidson's Generation Game; and a Top 20 debut album, Toonage (Later released with additional songs under the title More Toonage).

Their second album, Toontastic! did not match the success of its predecessor but several notable hits were released from it including "Diddley Dee," "Big Coconuts," and a reworked cover of Les Humphries Singers' "Mama Loo." [2]

Cartoons rounded out their success with a greatest hits album composed of previous tracks from their two albums as well as three new tracks.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
BEL
[3]
DEN
[4][5]
NLD NOR SPA
[6]
SWE POR
[7]
UK
[1]
Toonage
  • Released: 1998
  • Label: Flex
  • Formats: CD
25 2 24 14 9 12 10 17
Toontastic!
  • Released: 2000
  • Label: Flex
  • Formats: CD
7
"—" denotes items which were not released in that country or failed to chart.

Compilation albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
DEN
[9]
Greatest Toons!
  • Released: 2005
  • Label: CMC
  • Formats: CD
20
"—" denotes items which were not released in that country or failed to chart.

Singles[edit]

  • 1998: "Witch Doctor" From Alvin And The Chipmunks #2 UK
  • 1998: "Doodah!" #7 UK
  • 1999: "Aisy Waisy" #16 UK
  • 2000: "Mama-Loo"
  • 2001: "Big Coconuts"
  • 2001: "Diddley-Dee"
  • 2006: "Witch Doctor (Giant Toons Mix)"[1][10]

Compilation albums[edit]

  • Grænseløs Greatest (1999)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 96. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ "ultratop.be - Discografie Cartoons". Ultratop. ULTRATOP & Hung Medien / hitparade.ch. Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "Cartoons / Toonage" (in Danish). TOP20.dk. Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "Cartoons / Toontastic" (in Danish). TOP20.dk. Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "Hits of the World: Spain (AFYVE/ALEF MB) 04/17/99". Billboard (Nielsen Business Media) 111 (19): 47. 8 May 1999. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  7. ^ "Hits of the World: Portugal (Portugal/Associação Fonográfica Portuguesa) 08/03/99". Billboard (Nielsen Business Media) 111 (33): 79. 14 August 1999. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  8. ^ "Certified Awards Search: Cartoons" (To access, enter the search parameter "Cartoons" and select "Search by: Keyword", with the other two set to "All"). British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 2012-01-06. 
  9. ^ "danishcharts.com - Discography Cartoons". Hitlisten. Hung Medien. 
  10. ^ Song "Witch Doctor (Giant Toons Mix)" in YouTube. Certain cuts of this song were used in DDR MAX 1 or Dance Dance Revolution, sixth mix.

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