Way Out Wednesday: “Disco Duck Dance Party: Irwin the Disco Duck and the Wibble Wabble Singers and Orchestra”

Written by Music, Way Out Wednesday

discoduckparty-front

In 1977, disco music was extremely popular. Wanting to cash in on the fad, Peter Pan Records decided to release albums of disco music for kids, hosted by Irwin the Disco Duck (inspired by the song by Rick Dees). This is the first of those albums.

The first song we have is “Disco Duck,” which also gives Irwin a chance to show off his lovely singing voice.

Irwin the Disco Duck – Disco Duck

Next is “Silly Love Songs,” made famous by Paul McCartney and Wings. This isn’t too bad a rendition of it, other than it sounds like the guy should put it in a lower key.

Irwin the Disco Duck – Silly Love Songs

The third and final sample here is “Shame Shame Shame,” originally performed by one hit wonders Shirley & Company. The studio singers (or the Wibble Wabble Singers and Orchestra) actually do a really nice job here.

Irwin the Disco Duck – Shame Shame Shame

OK, now that I’ve played you some of the songs I can admit to you my favorite part of the entire album: Irwin’s introductions of the songs. He has a very Donald-esque voice here, and as such his enunciation isn’t always the best. It makes it fun to try to understand what he’s saying. For example, even though he’s announcing the song “Silly Love Songs,” it sounds to be like he’s saying “Suey Buzzsaw.” My other favorite intro is for the song “Kung Fu Fighting,” where I swear he’s calling it “You’re Too Fatty”!

Irwin the Disco Duck – Irwin’s Intros

Peter Pan Records put out a few of these, but they didn’t always use the same voice for Irwin. In fact, on at least a couple of the albums, Irwin was voiced by Hanna-Barbara stalwart Don Messick, sounding similar to Pixie Mouse, Scrappy-Doo, or Hamton Pig (depending on what generation of cartoons you watched). Anyway, if you’d like to hear the Wibble Wabble Singers renditions of songs like “Love Will Keep Us Together,” “Kung Fu Fighting” and more, you can get the entire album here!