Who Put the Bomp (in the Bomp, Bomp, Bomp)

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"Who put The Bomp"
Single by Barry Mann
Genre Doo-wop
Length 02:46
Label ABC-Paramount
Writer(s) Barry Mann
Jerry Goffin

"Who Put the Bomp (In the Bomp, Bomp, Bomp)" is a doo-wop style hit song from 1961 co-written (with Gerry Goffin) and recorded by Barry Mann. He was backed up by The Halos,[1] who had previously backed up Curtis Lee on the song "Pretty Little Angel Eyes". The song was originally released as a single on the ABC-Paramount label (10237).

In this song, Mann sings about the frequent use of nonsense lyrics in Doo-Wop music, and how his girl fell in love with him after listening to several such songs.

Examples of the type of song referred to include the Marcels' version of "Blue Moon" (in which they sing "Bomp bomp ba bomp, ba bomp ba bomp bomp" and "dip-de-dip-de-dip")[2] and the Edsels' "Rama-Lama-Ding-Dong", both of which charted earlier the same year.[3] The spoken part is a reference to the song "Little Darlin'" by The Diamonds. "Boogidy shoo" can be found in the lyrics to "Pony Time" by Chubby Checker, released earlier that year.

The song inspired the title of a music magazine, called Who Put the Bomp.

The song fits into the category of "self-referential" songs. Rock songs are often about rock, reggae songs about reggae, rap songs about rap, etc. In this particular song that aspect is accentuated by the fact that Mann is a songwriter singing about songwriters.

It is also an ironic, lightly self-mocking song, a frequent phenomenon in popular music, M's "Pop Muzik" being another example.

Chart performance[edit]

The single debuted on Billboard's Hot 100 on August 7, 1961, and remained for twelve weeks, peaking at # 7.[3] Mann's version did not chart in the UK, though a cover version by the Viscounts reached # 21 there in September, 1961, and another version by Showaddywaddy charted at # 37 in August 1982.[4]

In popular culture[edit]

The song has been covered by:

The song was parodied by Bob Rivers as "Who Put the Stump?", involving, from the perspective of an angel on top of a Christmas tree, the tree being inserted up the angel's rectum. The lyrics include "Who put the stump in my rump ba-bump ba-bump".[6]

Bentley Rhythm Ace had a track called "Who Put the Bom in the Bom Bom Diddleye Bom" on their debut album.

The song "We Go Together" in the Broadway musical and subsequent film Grease includes a similar mix of nonsensical lyrics. The versions of "We Go Together" on the 1993 London cast recording and movie soundtrack include a bit of "Who Put the Bomp" sung in counterpoint at the end.

The Mugar Omni Theater at the Boston Museum of Science introduction/audio check is Leonard Nimoy reciting "Who Put the Bomp"

A parody titled "Who put the Bomb in Tehran, Tehran, Tehran" was produced by political satirists Capitol Steps and included in their book Sixteen Scandals and the accompanying CD.[7] An earlier parody, "Who'll Put a Bomb on Saddam Saddam Saddam" was introduced in the Capitol Steps' 1990 album, Sheik, Rattle and Roll.

A parody titled "Who Put the Mush" was written and performed by The McCalmans. In an inversion of the original song, the singer's girlfriend leaves him due to the nonsense lyrics in his folk music.[8] It was released in 1994 on the album Songs From Scotland. [9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Marv Goldberg's R&B Notebooks - The Arthur Crier Story
  2. ^ Marsh, Dave, The Heart of Rock & Soul: The 1001 Greatest Singles Ever Made, 1999, Da Capo Press; ISBN 0-306-80901-X
  3. ^ a b Top Pop Singles 1955-1996, © 1997, Record Research Inc.; ISBN 0-89820-122-5
  4. ^ everyhit.com
  5. ^ Perhaps with good reason: their version of "Heart and Soul", released earlier the same year, features their added lyrics "Bom ba bom, bom ba dip, da dip, dip..."
  6. ^ 'Rump' Song Got Us Suspended, Central Florida DJs Say, Orlando News. The lyrics are available on Rivers' web site
  7. ^ Strauss, William (Bill) and Newport, Elaina, Sixteen Scandals: 20 Years of Sex, Lies and Other Habits of Our Great Leaders, 2002, Sourcebooks MediaFusion; ISBN 1-57071-890-3.
  8. ^ Susannes Folksong Notizen - English Notes - Who Put The Mush, accessed 2013-09-22
  9. ^ All Music - Who Put The Mush, accessed 2013-09-22