Walk the Dinosaur

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
"Walk the Dinosaur"
Single by Was (Not Was)
from the album What Up, Dog?
Released September 1987
Genre Funk[1]
Length 4:22
Label
Writer(s)
  • David Was
  • Don Was
  • Randy Jacobs
Producer(s)
Was (Not Was) singles chronology
"Spy in the House of Love"
(1987)
"Walk the Dinosaur"
(1987)
"The Boy's Gone Crazy"
(1987)

"Walk the Dinosaur" is a hit single recorded and released by the band Was (Not Was) in 1987, later featured on their hit 1988 album, What Up, Dog?.

Song info[edit]

The song features a tight, funky sound, punctuated by horns and cowbell, along with what sounds like cavepeople chanting in the background, while the lyrics relate to nuclear Armageddon.

According to an interview with co-writer Randy Jacobs, it "was an infectious sing-along with a Flintstonesque video that probably got played on MTV way too much. But even that seemingly good-time anthem had a dark side."

The song’s about nuclear Armageddon, Jacobs says. "It became a dance because of the video. They connected it with the girls in the little Pebbles and Bam-Bam outfits. All the sudden it became, like, 'do the mashed potato' or 'the twist.'"[2]

When released in the UK in 1987, the song reached no. 10 on the charts, becoming the group's first Top 10 hit there. After the music video---which featured four scantily clad cavewomen dancing to the song, a Flintstones-style TV playing clips from Daffy Duck and the Dinosaur, and then modern people dancing to the song in the "Everybody kill the dinosaur" part---received heavy rotation on MTV, the song reached no. 7 on the U.S. chart in 1989, two years after its UK success. The song is the biggest hit single for the band in their home country.

Chart performance[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th ed.). Omnibus Press. p. 3810. [Was (Not Was)] international breakthrough came several years later with the sublime funk of the US/UK Top 10 hit 'Walk The Dinosaur'. 
  2. ^ Bowe, Brian J. (December 29, 2004). "Out come the freaks". Metro Times. Retrieved June 19, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Forum – ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts – Top 100 End of Year AMR Charts – 1980s". Australian-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved June 19, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Ultratop.be – Was (Not Was) – Walk The Dinosaur" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved July 12, 2013.
  5. ^ "Radio 2 Top 30 : 21 november 1987" (in Dutch). Top 30. Retrieved June 19, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Top Singles – Volume 50, No. 1, May 01 1989". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved June 1, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Retail Sales – Volume 50, No. 2, May 08 1989". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved June 18, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Lescharts.com – Was (Not Was) – Walk The Dinosaur" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved July 12, 2013.
  9. ^ "Officialcharts.de – Was (Not Was) – Walk The Dinosaur". GfK Entertainment. Retrieved July 12, 2013.
  10. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Walk the Dinosaur". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved June 19, 2014.
  11. ^ "Indice per Interprete: W" (in Italian). Hit Parade Italia. Creative Commons. Retrieved June 19, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Was (Not Was) - Walk The Dinosaur search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40. Retrieved July 12, 2013.
  13. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Was (Not Was) – Walk The Dinosaur" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved July 12, 2013.
  14. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Was (Not Was) – Walk The Dinosaur". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved July 12, 2013.
  15. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Was (Not Was) – Walk The Dinosaur". VG-lista. Retrieved July 12, 2013.
  16. ^ "South African Rock Lists Website SA Charts 1969 – 1989 Acts (W)". Rock.co.za. Retrieved June 1, 2013. 
  17. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Was (Not Was) – Walk The Dinosaur". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved July 12, 2013.
  18. ^ "Archive Chart: 1987-10-31" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved July 12, 2013.
  19. ^ a b c d "What Up Dog – Awards". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved June 1, 2013. 
  20. ^ CASH BOX Top 100 Singles – Week ending APRIL 1, 1989 at the Wayback Machine (archived October 7, 2012). Cash Box magazine. Retrieved June 19, 2014.
  21. ^ "Top Singles – Volume 51, No. 8, December 23 1989". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved June 19, 2014. 
  22. ^ Demalon, Tom. "Original Soundtrack – The Flintstones [Original Soundtrack]". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 

External links[edit]