• The Joker's Still Getting Away… Celebrating 50 Years of 'Jingle Bells, Batman Smells'
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    Marcus Errico

    The Joker's Still Getting Away… Celebrating 50 Years of 'Jingle Bells, Batman Smells'

    Why did “Jingle Bells” get this particular spoof? Spike Jones’s uptempo romp, Yogi Yorgesson (“Yingle Bells“), and the Three Stooges (“Jingle Bells Drag“) showed that “Jingle Bells” could be played for broader comedic effect. As writer Rob Weir documents on his blog, children began applying funny lyrics to the song’s simple rhymes and familiar melody at least as early as the 1950s, while wildly racist versions sprung up in the South in the 1950s and 1960s during the Civil Rights Movement.

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