by Horatio Baltz in Video on Friday 18 November 2011

At the height of his career in the 1940s, Spike Jones began to feel trapped by his acclaimed satirical arrangements of popular songs. In 1946, he formed another group, consisting of the same members, called Spike Jones and his Other Orchestra and played only ‘pretty’ music.

He was terrified of being remembered as the purveyor of silly renditions of popular ballads. That being said, Spike Jones and his City Slickers’ silly performance of Cocktails For Two always leaves me in stitches. It may be hokey, and it may be corny, but take a look at that cello gag and tell me you aren’t loving every second of it.