May 20th, 2012

NZ Music Month

New Zealand Music Month - Day 20

Murray Grindlay isn't particularly well known, despite having spent almost half a century in the music business. He's been involved in blues (The Underdogs) and, as far as I know, made most of his money writing advertising jingles (if the words "crazy Crunchie, the hokey pokey bar" bring back any musical memories, it's probably one of his tunes), but when he actually made it high on the charts it was under a pseudonym.

The output of "Monte Video and the Cassettes" combined an advertising jingle writer's talent for catchiness and noticeability with an advertising jingle writer's regretful capacity to spout meaningless garbage. Shoop Shoop Diddy Wop Cumma Cumma Wang Dang, as heard on the Top 10 here and on the Dr. Demento show worldwide, was fairly much the story of Lola retold with a disco beat. The follow-up single, Sheba She Sha She Shoo, is basically a bunch of popular classical Egyptian stereotypes mumbled over a slower disco beat. Despite being more entertaining than the former hit, it failed to set the charts on fire and hasn't been seen since (Shoop Shoop, on the other hand, has even seen a cover version made of itself).