Transfusion

Album: Dr. Demento 20th Anniversary Collection (1956)
Charted: 8
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Songfacts®:

  • This novelty hit tells the story of a man who keeps getting in automobile accidents from careless driving, and being glad to receive blood transfusions after each accident.
  • Every stanza begins with the line "Never never never gonna speed again" then he uses alliteration in lines such as "Slip some blood in me, bud" and "Pour some crimson in me, Jimson. After each verse, there is a graphic noise of a real car accident.
  • Due to the humorous tone of a very serious subject, this song was banned from many different radio stations in the 1950s. But a DJ named Barry Hansen kept playing it on his radio station, which resulted in him getting the nick name "Dr. Demento."
  • The song was reviewed by Melvin Belli, a personal-injury lawyer, in his 1956 book Ready for the Plaintiff, and he remarks: "The ghoulish lyrics hiccup hysterically" but "wind up with a gem of jive-y wisdom that is strictly in the groove: 'Oh, barnyard drivers are found in two classes / Line-crowding hogs and speeding jackasses / So remember to slow down today!'" He was a truck driver before his fame rose, which is ironic. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Landon - Winchester, OH, for all above
  • Nervous Norvus was Jimmy Drake, who specialized in novelty songs. He had another hit in 1956 with "Ape Call."

Comments: 2

  • Jdzyn from TennesseeAlliteration is when a string of words share similar starting sounds. This song uses simple rhyme in its lines.
  • Sandy from Enterprise, Flmy dad used to love this song when I was a kid! I can still hear him singing along! "Slip some juice to me, Bruce!" Thank you for giving me the facts behind the song.
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