Last week, we talked about ’60s icons the Beatles. Now letâ€™s talk about an icon from the ’70s. Thatâ€™s right — I mean Arthur Fonzarelli, better known as Fonzie from TVâ€™s Happy Days. Hereâ€™s a (most likely unauthorized) tribute album to the Fonz from 1976, performed by a girl group called the Heyettes.
Since this was an election year, they had to put in an obligatory â€œFonzie for Presidentâ€ song, even though Fonzie wouldnâ€™t have been old enough to be President. Unless, of course, you figure him being in his late teens/early twenties around the time the show takes place. Then, by 1976, he would be 15-20 years older and old enough to run. But who wants to be ruled by an old Fonzie?
Hereâ€™s â€œThe Fonz Song,â€ which goes on and on about what a wonderful guy Fonzie is and features a guy that almost, but not quite, sounds entirely unlike the Fonz himself.
This song that used that popular expression from the show: â€œSit on It.â€ In it, the Heyettes sing about guys who lost some competition with Fonzie, told him to sit on it, and then mysteriously disappeared (except for one that was said to be â€œhanging from a limb.â€ Man, donâ€™t mess with the Fonz!) I have a question to any of you who might have been teens in the late ’50s: Was the expression â€œsit on itâ€ actually used, or was this something the writers of the show came up with themselves?
The final song featured here is â€œDo the Fonz.â€ I was hoping it was going to be the song performed by Leather Tuscadero on the show, but itâ€™s a different song entirely. The songâ€™s all right (and I do like the fact that it starts out sounding like a jazzy version of the Sesame Street theme), itâ€™s just a disappointment that it wasnâ€™t the original.
If you want the original â€œDo the Fonzie,â€ hereâ€™s a clip of it. (The song starts about 5:30 into the clip.)
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Hey, look on the bright side. At least it isnâ€™t THIS version, performed by (I kid you not) the Jacksons (including Janet too, I believe).
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If youâ€™d like to get the entire album, you can find it here. AAAAAYYYYYYY!