Filk Friday: Johnny Came Home Headless

Friday, July 2, 2010

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Arrogant Worms is one of my favorite groups. I could easily spend the next several weeks posting YouTube vids of their songs (I won't). Mike McCormick, Chris Patterson, and Trevor Strong make a dynamic trio of Canadian humor, with songs like The Mountie Song, Proud to Be a Canadian, Carrot Juice Is Murder, and I Am Cow.

They've performed at many notable places such as Disney, NYC Central Park, and Parliament Hill, had numerous television appearances in Canada, the U.S., and Australia, and had a number of radio appearances on shows in North America and worldwide including Dr. Demento and BBC. They've even been honored with the Peter Gzowski Award for their efforts in promoting literacy in Canada. For more about this group, check out their website. It's just as humorous as their music. You really should read at least their About page with their individual bios and group history. If you get a chance to catch one of their shows, you will be in for a treat. Their touring schedule is on the website.

Today's feature is Johnny Came Home Headless, a comic song about a guy who lost his head. The puns are groaners, but I think you'll be chuckling anyway. Let me know what you think. And if you've been lucky enough to hear Arrogant Worms perform live, I'd love to hear about it.


Brad said...

Okay, the video was profoundly disturbing in areas, but I loved this!!!
Again, I'm reminded of some of the music I listened to on Dr. Demento long ago (Monday mornings at school were very difficult because I would stay up late laughing uncontrollably every Sunday night), particularly The Frantics. They did mostly sketch-type comedy, but did a few songs as well, and showed the same intelligence and clever word-play as Arrogant Worms.
Thanks for this; I enjoyed it tremendously.
My favorite line?
"If his head don't turn up soon, then all his hats are mine."
I don't know why, but that line above any other in this song sends me into fits of laughing.

Jaleh D said...

Haha, Brad. The video isn't really to my taste, but it was the YouTube poster's first attempt at computer animation. So, not bad, and better than what I could do. I hope you'll check out some of Arrogant Worms' other songs.

One of my favorite lines is, "I ain't got no body."

Jai Joshi said...

I can't believe I haven't heard of this group! I mean, I've been a bit out of touch lately but sometimes I completely miss things. I'll have to research Arrogant Worms a bit more.


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