Crazy Downtown

"Crazy Downtown"
Single by Allan Sherman
B-side "The Drop-Outs March"
Released March 1965
Genre Novelty Song, Parody Music
Length 2:40
Label Warner Bros. Records 5614
Writer(s) Allan Sherman, Tony Hatch
Allan Sherman singles chronology
"Hello Mudduh, Hello Fadduh! (A Letter from Camp) (1964 Version)"
"Crazy Downtown"
"The Drinking Man's Diet"

"Crazy Downtown" is a song written and performed by Allan Sherman. The song is a parody of Tony Hatch's song "Downtown" which was a hit for Petula Clark (because of the use of the melody, Hatch also receives songwriting credit). The song reached #6 on the U.S. Adult Contemporary chart and #40 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1965; it was Sherman's last top-40 hit.[1]

The song is sung from the point of view of a father whose teenage child has gone "frooging" downtown with their car and money. At first the parents show relief that they can now use the phone and shower, but as the hours pass, they get increasingly nervous. Eventually, he gets a phone call that the teenager has been arrested as the result of a car accident, prompting the father to angrily borrow someone else's car to take his child home. He then vows to go downtown with his wife next time while the teenager is grounded, where he promises to do "very nice dance(s)" like the tango, waltz, foxtrot and bunny hop.


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