One of Hollywood’s top producers is taking a look back on his famous father’s legendary career.
Spike Jones Jr. has produced awards shows and TV variety shows for networks like HBO, MTV and VH1. But now he’s producing something closer to his heart — a collection of his father’s famous performances.
Spike Jones, who influenced everyone from Frank Zappa to George Carlin, was dubbed “The Master of Musical Mayhem” by Rolling Stone. He and his group, The City Slickers, were known as the original bad boys of music.
Spike Jones Jr. has produced a four-disc DVD set called “Spike Jones: The Legend,” and it includes music, his appearance on class TV shows and some rare footage.
He talked to Growing Bolder about some of the hilarious features on the DVD, including an interview with “Weird Al” Yankovic, who calls Spike Jones his hero. Jones also recently released a 3-DVD box
set, featuring more than 60 songs, including “Cocktails for Two” and
“All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth.” The set is called “The Best of Spike Jones: The Craziest Show on Earth.”
Find out how composers in his generation felt about Spike Jones’ musical parodies and novelty songs.