|Single by Dickie Goodman|
|from the album Mr. Jaws and Other Fables |
|Genre||Novelty, spoken word|
|Producer(s)||Bill Ramal, Richard Goodman|
|Dickie Goodman singles chronology|
This record is a parody of the 1975 summer blockbuster film Jaws, with Goodman interviewing the shark (whom he calls "Mr. Jaws"), as well as the film's main characters, Brody, Hooper, and Quint. Goodman makes full use of his practice of "break-in" music sampling, in which all of the interview answers are lyrics from popular songs from that year.
Goodman would later make more parodies of Hollywood films, along with his political satire records. The B-side of this single was "Irv's Theme".
The name of the song's label, Cash Records, was another idea from Goodman after he was asked whom the record company should make the check out to.
The recording took place at Sear Sound in New York engineered by Russ Hamm. Originally the songs were sampled; however, when the record became a hit, the songs were replaced on later pressings by sound-alike recordings.
The songs that were sampled are:
- Main Title (Theme From 'Jaws') by John Williams
- "Dynomite" by Bazuka
- "Please Mr. Please" by Olivia Newton-John
- "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)" by James Taylor
- "Why Can't We Be Friends" by War
- "Get Down Tonight" by KC and the Sunshine Band
- "The Hustle" by Van McCoy & the Soul City Symphony
- "Love Will Keep Us Together" by Captain & Tennille
- "Rhinestone Cowboy" by Glen Campbell
- "One Of These Nights" by Eagles
- "Jive Talkin'" by Bee Gees
- "I'm Not in Love" by 10cc
- "Midnight Blue" by Melissa Manchester
On the album version of "Mr. Jaws", both "Please Mr. Please" and "Rhinestone Cowboy" were replaced by re-recorded budget sound-alike renditions.
- Goodman did a sequel entitled "Mrs. Jaws" in response to the film Jaws 2 (1978).
- A sequel by another artist, "The Return of Mr. Jaws" was issued in 2005.
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- "Pink Floyd Has the Top Album". The Pittsburgh Press. 1975-10-05. p. H-6. Retrieved 2009-12-24.
- "Disc Jockey Special". The Daily News. Charlotte Amalie, V.I. 1975-10-11. p. 21. Retrieved 2009-12-24.
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