Hammond and Hazlewood wrote this for the children's television show Oliver And The Overlord. Later, it the became background tune used on The Benny Hill show.
The Pipkins were not a real group - the song was recorded by producer Roger Greenaway and session singer Tony Burrows. For live appearances, The Pipkins were Davey Sands and Len Marshall.
This was used on the TV show Ally McBeal several times, for John Cage (played by Peter MacNicol) to do his "Angry Dance" to.
Suggestion credit: Kathy - Stoke on Trent, England
Singer Tony Burrows told the story of the song to Mojo magazine August 2010: "It was written for a children's TV programme called Oliver In The Underworld. "Freddie Garrity (of Freddie and the Dreamers) was the artist. It was the only song Freddie didn't do on the album, Roger Greenaway and I were booked to do backing vocals for the album at Abbey Road. Basically we made (Ding) in the studio. It was a conversation between a metonome and a pianola - the metronome had lost its click, so it was originally called Gimme Dat Click. But that wouldn't sing, so we changed it."
Burrows admitted to Mojo: "I was surprised it was a hit. It was banned in Italy, they thought it was vulgar."
Burrows was part of four different acts that had a hit song around this time. In addition to The Pipkins, he sang lead on Love Grows (where My Rosemary Goes) by Edison Lighthouse, "My Baby Loves Lovin'" by White Plains, and "United We Stand" by Brotherhood of Man. Burrows performed all three of these songs just mentioned in addition to "Gimme Dat Ding" on the BBC music show Top of the Pops in 1970. He told Mojo: "The producer said, 'The word has come from above that you're not to be used any more, people are beginning to think it's a con.' They banned me from Top of the Pops. I was not played by the BBC for two years."
Scott from Usa@Jim in Albuquerque: No, not Wolfman Jack (miss the Wolfman, though…) @everyone saying the lyrics are stupid: Nope. Part of a story. Metronome with its ding removed. Also a good metaphor for life without rhythm, but that's probably unintended. The lyrics make no sense only out of context. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gimme_Dat_Ding
Charles Hollingswort from Leeds, AlFor the record to Robert in Florida:the title of the song is "Ma Belle Amie" sung by The Tee Set and is French for "My Beautiful(female) Friend". Part of the song was sung in French! The other one is "Morning Girl" by The Neon Philharmonic with Tupper Saucey and Don Gant. Note:the word "female" and the parentheses in the above title is added by me and is not part of the title.
Pete from Sheffield, United KingdomI would like to point out that the show which Gimme dat ding originally appeared in was Oliver in the overworld, not Oliver and the overlord.
Hammond and Hazlewood wrote Gimme dat ding which Roger Greenaway co-performed as the Pipkins
and Family Dogg which included Hammond and Hazlewood in their line up, recorded A way of life, co-written by Roger Greenaway!
Robert from Englewood, FlGreat little one hit wonder song during the Spring of my Senior year in High School 1970. This was rich time for top 40 radio with many other one hit artists such as Norman Greenbaum's Spirit in the Sky,My Bella Me, Hey there Lonely Girl, The Rapper, Good Mornin Girl, Venus, Gimme That Ding, and many more sweet memories from a very exciting time in life. Later that year, we were blessed with All Right Now and Green Eyed Lady. Great year..1970
Robb from Stroudsburg, PaPersonal note really. My grandmother that raised me, for some odd reason, bought me this album when I was very young, probably 1970 when gimme dat ding was hot. The album cover to an odd 6 yr old, was f****n scary as hell. Did I mention I also watched "Twilight Zone" & "Outer Limits" @ this age? Yet I freakin LOVED the songs, every Last One! I always wanted to create a new front for the album that was a gorilla & a platypus, therefore less terribly surreal & alternate universe-y. It was thier eyes that made we wanna piss myself. Check out the album cover. Yu will understand. sidebar; Now I love wierd shyte like that.. Kinda tame now actually... Still......
Jim from Albuquerque, NmThe lead "singer?" sounds a lot like Wolfman Jack. Was it really him or someone who sounds like him?
Mattie from Boston, MaThe melody AND the odd lyrics are reminiscent of songs from the 1920's, like "Marezy dotes and dosey dotes and liddelambsydivy". (forgive the spelling errors!) Half the fun of these songs is derived from rhythm and syllabel "sound" . Another song from the 70's that has a twenties sound is Winchester Cathedral. Come to think of it, there were others from this period which evoked the 20's or 30's. I wonder why?
Andrew from Costa Mesa, CaThe lyrics to this song are indeed idiotic, however it is the music which makes this song great, and in fact, it makes a great instrumental. The studio musicians used on this recording have a great, relaxed, rolling, wide-open groove which, at least to me, makes you want to tap your foot or get up and dance. They (the musicians) sound like they're having fun and not just going through the motions. The rhythm section (bassist and drummer) get just the right sound, and have a good sense of time. The piano player is creative and imaginative in soloing and accompanying, and they have picked an upright piano with a good sound and prepared it just right: it is tinny, but not too much, and a little out-of-tune, but not too much. Also, they have miked mainly just the piano treble and mid-range, so that the piano bass doesn't interfere with the rhythm section. The piano has a great slap-tone which is part of what makes the honky-tonk sound so special. Finally, the song itself is built around a couple of catchy, semi-syncopated hemiola patterns in the melody, over a hybrid dixieland/rock chord progression, and spiced (by the pianist) with plenty of "blue notes". That's what I think makes this song great!
Paul from Laddonia, MoI walk a mail route and that song popped into my head today and I couldn't get it out. Had to come home and look it up. Yea it's a little wierd and doesn't make any sense, but it is fun to listen to and takes me back to a simpler time in my life when I worked because I wanted to, not because I had to.
Clarke from Pittsburgh, PaHighly annoying, but highly entertaining, ranking right up there with "Oh Babe (What Would You Say)" by Hurricane Smith as one of the strangest Top 40 musical oddities of the 1970's.
Dirk from Nashville, TnIt was dopey beyond belief....And yet it was a TOP 40 HIT!... Kinda makes you wonder what people will say about the current Ryan Seacrest Top 20 line-up in 30 years.... Here's an obscure observation for you. This song was on the air in 1970. It was a good two or three years after the debut of a wildly popular (and equally dopey) TV show called Laugh In. On Laugh In, there was a recurring character (recurring, as in he was on at least three times per weekly show) who was a little mumbling old man in a long dark coat who looked like Einstein in need of a mustache trim. He spoke in a low grumbling voice. People imitated him all the time, just like they now imitate Homer Simpson or whatever. When this song came out, a lot of people thought it was a record featuring this character from Laugh In. It was the same voice. People used to request the song "with the Laugh In guy" on the radio. Same as if somebody would put out a record today singing like Spongebob Squarepants.... Except that the "artists" never acknowledged where they were coming from. Back in those days, you didn't "sample"--you got sued for royalties. Example: George Harrison paying through the nose because Phil Specter made "My Sweet Lord" sound like a Shirelles song.
Howard from St. Louis Park, MnThis was a very bizarre song in 1970. It had strange lyrics coupled with a ragtime beat. Tony Burrows was also the voice of other studio groups such as Edison Lighthouse, White Plains and First Class.
Ratboy from Ratville, NjThis is the stupidest song ever written. It's great. I wish they'd rewrite this a little and use it in a movie. Something like The Dark Crystal but less disturbing. Yes...
Frank from Westminster, ScThis is one of those annoying nonsensical ditties that burrowed into my brain, and for some reason it pops up as a soundtrack in my head when I least expect it. I hate when that happens.
Steve from Hamilton, CanadaRegarding "These Boots Are Made For Walking" , that was Lee Hazelwood not Mike.