Bananaphone

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Bananaphone
Bananaphone.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 27, 1994
RecordedMarch–June 1994
GenreChildren's, traditional pop, jazz
Length49:24
LabelMCA Records Rounder
Raffi chronology
Evergreen Everblue
(1990)
Bananaphone
(1994)
Raffi Radio
(1995)
Singles from Bananaphone
  1. "Bananaphone"
    Released: 1994
  2. "Shake a Toe"
    Released: 1994
  3. "The World We Love"
    Released: 1994
  4. "Slow Day"
    Released: 1994
  5. "Naturally"
    Released: 1994
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic[1]

Bananaphone is a children's album[2][3] released by Raffi and Michael Creber[4] in 1994. The album is best known for its title track, which uses puns such as "It's a phone with appeal!" (a peel) and nonce words like "bananular" and "interactive-odular" as Raffi extols the virtues of his unique telephone.

The song "C-A-N-A-D-A" was originally recorded by Stompin' Tom Connors under the title "Cross Canada".

The album was certified Gold by the CRIA in March 2002.[5]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Bananaphone" (Creber, Raffi) 3:12
  2. "Shake a Toe" (Creber, Raffi) 2:20
  3. "The World We Love" (Creber, Raffi) 3:23
  4. "Slow Day" (Creber, Raffi) 3:25
  5. "The Changing Garden of Mr. Bell" (Hubbard, Silversher) 4:07
  6. "Naturally" (Creber, Raffi) 3:04
  7. "Spring Flowers" [instrumental] (Raffi) 2:40
  8. "C-A-N-A-D-A" (Connors) 2:50
  9. "Michael Row the Boat Ashore" (Traditional) 3:25
  10. "First Peoples" (Creber, Raffi) 4:37
  11. "Dee Myth" [instrumental] (Raffi) 2:21
  12. "Cowlit Night" (Raffi) 3:21
  13. "The Gorilla Song" (Knowles, Knowles) 2:10
  14. "Simple Gifts" (Traditional) 2:15
  15. "Down by the Riverside" (Traditional) 3:13
  16. "The Shmenge Polka" [instrumental] (A Tribute to the late John Candy) (Raffi) 2:07 [6]

Cover versions[edit]

The album's title track has been covered in several different musical genres. Examples include a barbershop version,[7] several heavy metal versions,[8][9] a dubstep version[10][11] and a bluegrass/country version by Rhonda Vincent released on the album Sing Along with Putumayo released by Putumayo World Music.[12][13][14]

The Chilean children's show Cachureos released a cover of Bananaphone called "Teléfono" on its 1996 album, "La Mosca".[15]

Flash Animation[edit]

On May 4 2004, Dave Teatro and Will from "The Friend Society" released a Flash animation on Newgrounds titled "Banana Phone".

The animation depicts a group of three men. One of the men hears the song Bananaphone playing inside of his head, but nobody else can hear the song. He later goes insane from hearing it for hours on end, then collapses on the ground dead. The second man checks on the body, then the Bananaphone song starts playing in his head. The third man comes into contact with the second man, then the Bananaphone song starts playing in his head. The third man punches the second man to death as revenge for getting the Bananaphone song stuck into his head.

Shortly after the animation was released, it reached the all time Top 50, and remained there until November 2004. By then, it had reached over one million views. The animation had gone viral, and was posted on many other websites.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Allmusic review". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 2012-06-11.
  2. ^ Lynch, Sheri (2007). Be Happy or I'll Scream!. New York: St. Martin's Griffin. ISBN 978-0-312-34234-0.
  3. ^ Briggs, Diane (2007). Preschool Favorites. Chicago: American Library Association. ISBN 978-0-8389-0938-6.
  4. ^ "About US - Creber Music Corporation". Creber Music Corporation. April 2003. Archived from the original on 2012-06-16. Retrieved 2012-12-12.
  5. ^ "Gold & Platinum Certification – March 2002". Canadian Recording Industry Association. March 2002. Archived from the original on 2012-02-05. Retrieved 2012-01-15.
  6. ^ "Rounder Records". Rounder.com. Archived from the original on 2010-01-05. Retrieved 2012-01-15.
  7. ^ "The Newfangled Four - Bananaphone". YouTube. Barbershop Harmony Society. Archived from the original on 2021-12-21. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  8. ^ "Bananaphone(Hard Rock)". Poetv.com. Retrieved 2012-01-15.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". music.yahoo.com. Archived from the original on 10 February 2013. Retrieved 26 January 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ "Bananaphone | BUILDER". Builderbeats.bandcamp.com. 2010-05-09. Retrieved 2012-01-15.
  11. ^ "Banana Phone Dubstep Remix by Builder - First Drop Ever!!". YouTube. 2010-08-19. Retrieved 2012-01-15.[dead YouTube link]
  12. ^ "Sing Along with Putumayo". Putumayo.com. Archived from the original on 2012-01-06. Retrieved 2012-01-15.
  13. ^ "Rhonda Vincent - Bananaphone". YouTube. 2010-12-15. Archived from the original on 2021-12-21. Retrieved 2012-01-15.
  14. ^ "Archived copy". music.yahoo.com. Archived from the original on 9 February 2013. Retrieved 26 January 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  15. ^ "Cachureos 96 - ¡Ring,Ring,Telefono!". YouTube. 2009-01-08. Archived from the original on 2021-12-21. Retrieved 2012-01-15.