Gee, what the – really? Oh, God, whoever came up with this question needs shooting. Seriously, I mean, did this song make any sense in the 1950s when it was released? I always think of everyone in the 1960s as being on drugs, but clearly, The Edsels started early. For those not in the know, which I’m imagining is a colossal number of you, ‘Rama Lama Ding Dong’ was a song released by the band The Edsels 57 years ago, 32 years before I was even born. And yes, ‘The Edsels’ is a crap name for a band. They were named after a gorgeous Ford, new at the time. The bands original name was ‘The Essos’, named after the oil company. Yes, they weren’t very good at the whole ‘naming’ malarkey…
This song is not to be confused with ‘We Go Together’ from the horrible musical Grease, released in 1971. They are similar, however. ‘We Go Together’ contains the mind-screwing lyrics, ‘We go together, like rama lama lama ka dinga da dinga ding, remembered forever, as shoobop sha wadda wadda yippity boom de boom, chang chang changitty chang shoobop’, then ‘like dip dadip dadip doowop da doobee doo’ and then it goes on some more in its world of manic gibberish.
The Edsels ‘Rama Lama Ding Dong’ starts with ‘I got a girl named Rama Lama, Rama Lama Ding Dong’. I mean, seriously, what were her parents thinking? Who names their child that? More worryingly, a few lines later we get, ‘I’ll never set her free’. Bloody Nora! He’s a frickin’ kidnapper! Jesus, quick, someone call the fuzz!
Something must be seriously wrong with the fella who wrote this. I don’t like illogical songs. Why is the girl called rama lama doodah folly nolly boo bah chitty chatty ding dong? I just, why? What? Who? Eh? What, what – what’s happening? I’m so confused. I’m scared.
I must be the only one because this song caught on like the bubonic plague. The Muppets did a cover. British migraine inducing band ‘Showaddywaddy’ did a cover. And Serbia’s leading doo wop band ‘Vampiri’ once did a cover. And that’s a genuinely real fact. The cover, I mean. I don’t know if they’re so much Serbia’s leading doo wop band so much as Serbia’s only doo wop band…
It was Barry Mann who asked ‘Who put the ram in rama lama ding dong?’ in his 1961 song ‘Who Put the Bomp?’ Whilst Le Tigre’s 1999 song ‘Deceptacon’ asked ‘Who took the ram from rama lama ding dong?’ And it was the newspaper The Sun who utilised the song after Channel 4 controversially broadcast a Muslim call to prayer during Ramadan. The Sun’s headline? ‘Ramadan a Ding Dong’. Sublime work, there.
The song was also heard in the film ‘Children of a Lesser God’, used by the character James Leeds to teach his class of hearing impaired teenagers. Hearing impaired? Lucky buggers…
So, who put the ‘ram’ in rama lama ding dong? Who cares! THE SONG DOESN’T EVEN MAKE ANY SENSE! Oh, I don’t know, Ziggy Stardust, that’s who put the ‘ram’ in rama lama ding dong! Yes, that’s who! BECAUSE NOTHING MAKES ANY SENSE ANYMORE!
No, in truth, I don’t think it really matters who put what in what. And honestly, all joking aside, I really do believe this is one of the greatest songs ever written. Even though it’s infuriatingly illogical and makes absolutely no sense whatsoever.
And that’s all that matters, I think.
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