Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep

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"Chirpy Chirpy, Cheep Cheep"
Lally Stott single cover Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep.jpg
Single by Lally Stott
from the album Chirpy Chirpy, Cheep Cheep
B-side"Henry James"
ReleasedSeptember 1970
Recorded1970
GenreBubblegum pop
Length2:53
LabelPhilips
Songwriter(s)Lally Stott
Producer(s)Lally Stott
Lally Stott singles chronology
"Signora Jones"
(1969)
"Chirpy Chirpy, Cheep Cheep"
(1970)
"Jakaranda"
(1971)
"Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep"
Single by Middle of the Road
from the album Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep
B-side"Rainin' 'n Painin'"
ReleasedOctober 1970
Recorded1970
StudioRCA Studios, Rome
GenreBubblegum pop
Length2:56
LabelRCA Victor
Songwriter(s)Lally Stott
Producer(s)
  • Giacomo Tosti
  • Italo Greco
Middle of the Road singles chronology
"Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep"
(1970)
"Tweedle Dee, Tweedle Dum"
(1971)
"Chirpy Chirpy, Cheep Cheep"
Single by Mac and Katie Kissoon
from the album The Beginning
B-side"Walking Around"
Released28 May 1971
Genre
Length2:50
Label
  • Young Blood
  • ABC
Songwriter(s)Lally Stott
Producer(s)Miki Dallon
Mac and Katie Kissoon singles chronology
"Acts of Violence"
(1970)
"Chirpy Chirpy, Cheep Cheep"
(1971)
"Pigeon"
(1971)

"Chirpy Chirpy, Cheep Cheep" is a song recorded in 1970 by its composer Lally Stott,[1] and made popular in 1971 by Scottish band Middle of the Road for whom it was a UK #1 chart hit.[2] That version is one of fewer than fifty singles ever to have sold in excess of 10 million physical copies worldwide.[3]

History[edit]

The original recording of the song by Lally Stott was first released in September 1970 in Italy, where he had been living for several years. It was a hit, becoming a top-twenty hit at the beginning of October. However, the record company Philips were reluctant to release the song overseas, and apparently offered it to two other groups: Scottish folk-pop group Middle of the Road, who were working in Italy at the time, and the Trinidadian brother-and-sister duo Mac and Katie Kissoon. Philips did eventually release Stott's version elsewhere and it topped the charts in Australia and Zimbabwe, as well as being a top-ten hit in South Africa. It was also a minor hit in the US, peaking at number 92 on the Billboard Hot 100, something that Middle of the Road never achieved.[4]

Middle of the Road released their version in October 1970 in Italy, though it failed to chart there.[5] It was released in the UK on 15 January 1971 and initially became a hit in continental Europe only, before later growing in popularity in the UK. It entered the UK Singles Chart in the final week of May and reportedly got a boost from DJ Tony Blackburn, who favoured this version over the one by Mac and Katie Kissoon (which had recently been released), and topped the charts three weeks later for five weeks.[6] Mac and Katie Kissoon's version, released in May 1971, had the most success in North America, peaking at number 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 10 on the Canadian RPM chart.

At the time, the song was dismissed by critics[who?] as bubblegum, a view initially held by band leader Ken Andrew: "We were as disgusted with the thought of recording it as most people were at the thought of buying it. But at the end of the day, we liked it."[citation needed]

In 2006 "Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep" topped a list of unintentionally creepy songs in The Observer.[7] Despite its popular appeal and popular chorus, the song has a theme of child abandonment.

Appearances[edit]

The song was featured on the Top of the Pops, Volume 18 album.

In popular culture[edit]

The song was sampled in the Denim song "Middle of the Road" on their 1992 album, Back in Denim.

The song's title has sometimes been parodied:

Included on the soundtrack in The Guard (2011) performed by Middle of the Road.

The character Frank Gallagher references the Middle of the Road version in an episode of the UK TV series, Shameless

Cover versions[edit]

  • 1971 – The song appears as a cover on a television show with Paula Koivuniemi[8]
  • 1971 – Irish singer Jackie Lee covered the song on her second album Jackie's Junior Choice.
  • 1971 – Dolores Vargas "La Terremoto" covered the song in a Spanish language version as "Chipi chipi chipi"[9]
  • 1973 – As a cover on a live record by the Little Angels Children's Folk Ballet of Korea
  • 1990 – The song was covered by British band Lush and released on the compilation album Alvin Lives (In Leeds)
  • 1995 – The song was covered by 4 Ties and released on the compilation album of the same title.[10][11][12][13]
  • 1995 – Norwegian comedy duo Herodes Falsk and Tom Mathisen included a parody version of the song on their album Børre & Gibbs Happy 52 minutter, reinterpreting it as a silly nonsense song with surreal lyrics.[14]
  • 1996 – German pop band Sqeezer interpolated parts of the song in their track "Oweo" on their debut album Drop Your Pants[15]
  • 1998 – A song to the same tune titled "Dobtam a fiúmat" (I Dropped My Boyfriend) was included on the album Hoppá!!! by the Hungarian girl band Baby Sisters
  • 2000 – Danish novelty act Cartoons released a cover to appear on their second and final studio album Toontastic!
  • 2003 – German singer Mickie Krause performed a dance song, "Reiss die Hütte ab", to the same tune, to appear on the compilation Apres Ski Hits 2003
  • 2004 – A song to the same tune titled "Get the Party On" was included on The Cheeky Girls album PartyTime
  • 2006 – German girl group Yamboo covered the song in a Spanglish version to appear on their debut and only album Okama De Mapouka[16]
  • 2006 – German duo Soul Control released a hip-hop version.
  • 2017 – The song was covered by Kylie Minogue on the soundtrack for the movie Swinging Safari
  • 2018 – An instrumental version of the song was covered by Brasilian band Orquesta Serenata Tropical and released on the album Te quiero, te quiero

Language versions[edit]

The song has been covered in many languages, including Catalan, Vietnamese, Khmer, Korean, Spanish and German. A Spanish language version was done by Middle of the Road[17] followed by another version by Dolores Vargas.[9] German versions were by Hajo[18] and Mickie Krause who performed a dance song to the same tune, "Reiss die Hütte ab" (Tear The Hut Down) (Apres Ski Hits 2003). Koivistolaiset sang a Finnish language version with lyrics from Vexi Salmi.

Charts[edit]

Lally Stott version[edit]

Middle of the Road version[edit]

Mac and Katie Kissoon version[edit]

Weekly charts

Chart (1971) Peak
position
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[51] 10
Canada Adult Contemporary (RPM)[52] 11
UK Singles (OCC)[53] 41
US Billboard Hot 100[54] 20
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[55] 10
US Cash Box Top 100[56] 18

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