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The Funky Gibbon

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"The Funky Gibbon"
Funky Gibbon 1975.jpg
Single by The Goodies
from the album 'The New Goodies LP'
A-side"The Funky Gibbon"
B-side"Sick-Man Blues"
Released15 March 1975 (1975-03-15)
GenrePop, Novelty
LabelBradley's Records
Songwriter(s)Bill Oddie
Producer(s)Miki Antony
The Goodies singles chronology
"The Goodies Theme"
"The Funky Gibbon"
"Black Pudding Bertha"

"The Funky Gibbon" is a novelty song by Bill Oddie and recorded by The Goodies. It was arranged by Tom Parker ("with interference from Bill Oddie") with the musical backing provided by members of the R&B band Gonzalez and released as a single in February 1975. The B-side was "Sick-Man Blues", which had previously been written by Oddie for use in the radio series I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again.

It was the most successful single for The Goodies. It entered the UK Singles Chart on 15 March 1975 at no. 37, remaining in the chart for 10 weeks and peaking at no. 4.[1] It also received considerable airplay in the United States on The Dr. Demento radio show and reached no. 79 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1976.

The Funky Gibbon was released with multiple alternate codas at the end of the song including "Tie a Yellow Gibbon Round the Ole Oak Tree" plus "And for Me Some Scarlet Gibbons, Scarlet Gibbons for My Hair" which were randomly heard on the double grooved single; as well as "He Promised to Buy Me a Bunch of Blue Gibbons to Tie Up My Bonny Brown Hair".

The Goodies performed the song live numerous times, including on Top of the Pops[2] on 20 March 1975 and in The Goodies – Almost Live in 1976.

The song was re-released in November 2010 to raise funds for the International Primate Protection League's "Save the Gibbon" appeal.[3]


Chart (1975) Peak
UK (Official Charts Company)[4] 4


  1. ^ Roberts, David (2005). British Hit Singles & Albums. Guinness World Records. p. 557. ISBN 1-904994-00-8.
  2. ^ "The Funky Gibbon". BBC. Archived from the original on June 30, 2011.
  3. ^ "Goodies classic 'to help gibbons'". The Independent. 7 November 2010.
  4. ^ "The funky gibbon/sick man blues | Artist". Official Charts. Retrieved 2020-04-13.
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