On Dec. 12, The Best of Spike Jones, a best-of compilation of The Spike Jones Show, will be released on a three-DVD box set from Infinity Entertainment Group. For those unfamiliar with Spike Jones (not Spike Jonze, who is quite different), Jones was the exalted “Master of Musical Mayhem,” a tremendously influential comedic bandleader of the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s; George Carlin has cited him many times as one of his major early influences. He and his band, the City Slickers, were responsible for “All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth.” Yes. That was them.
The box set contains over 60 songs from his CBS and NBC series The Spike Jones Show, all digitally re-mastered so that all the sneezes, gunshots, foghorns and other such silly noises can be heard like they’ve never been heard before. In addition to the songs, two never-before-aired pilots are included, which mark Jones’ television debut.
You can visit his website spikejones.com for more information. Check out the video below, where Weird Al explains why Spike Jones was so influential. And after the jump, check out one of Spike’s most famous songs. It’s about Hitler. Yay!