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Cake — Mahna Mahna
Album: For The Kids
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6.7

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Total ratings: 1621









Released: 1998
Length: 2:54
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Mahna, mahna
Mahna, mahna
Mahna, mahna

Mahna, mahna
Mahna, mahna
Mahna, mahna

(Hey! Ho!)
Mahna, mahna
Mahna, mahna (yeah!)
Mahna, mahna (hey!)

Mahna, mahna
Mahna, mahna (yeah!)
Mahna, mahna (hey!)

Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah
Oh-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah (hey!)
Oh-ah-ah-oh-ah-ah-ah-ah
(Hey!)

Mahna, mahna (Hey! Ho!)
Mahna, mahna
Mahna, mahna (Hey! Hey!)

(Ha ha ha ha ha)

Mahna, mahna
Mahna, mahna
Mahna, mahna

(Hey! Hey!)
Mahna, mahna
Mahna, mahna
Mahna, mahna (Ho! Hey! Yo! Hey! Hey!)
Mahna, mahna
Mahna, mahna (Oh!)
Mahna, mahna

(Whoo-hoo! Oh! Oh!)
Mahna, mahna
Mahna, mahna
Mahna, mahna
(Hey!)
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First time I heard it here MASKI SHOW theater
It was long ago in my childhood.
Of course, I didn`t know about any Muppet show and didn`t see any italian porno 
Love learning the strange histories of songs I know and love.   Mahna Mahna was originally written for a soft core Italian porn movie?   Really?   Seems yes.... 

https://slate.com/culture/2011/11/mahna-mahna-how-a-ditty-from-a-soft-core-italian-movie-became-the-muppets-catchiest-tune.html

The porn connection was mentioned below....had to check.
I'll dance to that!



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mT6Xt7KdTG0
Benny Hill!

How cheeky!
Today it was Hank Williams to Mahna Mahna. Pretty sure this is the only place electrons have been asked to do that particular segue. Absolutely!!!!!
8

This version of the song doesn't really deserve an 8 but I haven't heard any version in decades and I love that Cake remembered it and BillG played any version of it.
 Ralgert wrote:
 

MuzikLover wrote:

And this is why I listen to Radio Paradise. From Sweet Jane to Mahna Mahna....LOL. Love the variety.
 

The Different is small. This is a song from an italian Porno. And later accidently used by the Muppets.  

{#Cheesygrin}  

 It's a good piece of Music (history). Go to a room with People and sing 'Mahna Mahna' and somebody is replay with 'ba di didi'. Ever.


 
Today it was Hank Williams to Mahna Mahna.  Pretty sure this is the only place electrons have been asked to do that particular segue. 
<snark >
What!? The group that brought us  Sheep Go To Heaven Goats Go To Hell  recorded this? I'm scandalized.
</snark>
some folk REALLY oughtta lighten up or hit PSD - this is hilarious
My kids love this version of Mahan Mahan. Thanks for playing the kid/adult version. This whole album is fantastic for grown up ears.
There's really no need for this ,, at all , to be here
 bstevens1951 wrote:
Please Bill, I love RP and I listen daily at cocktail hour. And, I am a supporter. This is the worst song I've ever heard on RP. Please, you have the power to make it go away. Thank you very much.
 
could not agree more. This tune is one of the most evil earworms ever created. Just got my RP account just so I could point this out. Love the station in every other way, though. A more reliable source of good tunes does not exist. Please, though, manah manah? Never again
 diannemck56 wrote:
Makes me smile   
 
That's why i made it my ringtone. Instead of being annoyed at the phone ringing, I get a chuckle.
Lots of versions in the ringtone store, but I stick with the Muppet Show version.
c.
DON'T EVER PLAY THIS AGAIN......  NEVER.  LIKE NOT AT ALL.  SERIOUSLY.....
Makes me smile   
Yeeeaaaahhhhhh!
Muppet mashup (link) 
Oscar
I just love Cake's quirk. 

Their off centre approach, bashed trumpets, random shout outs, bells, whistles and all!
Hey...Laugh In?

Sock it to me, baby. We need more body painted people.  
catchy radio crap novelty song
 haresfur wrote:

Per the Aussie music quiz show, Spicks and Specs, this was first used in an Italian porn film.

 

It originally appeared in the Italian film Sweden: Heaven and Hell 
The film which is made up of nine segments focuses on different aspects of sexuality in Sweden such as lesbian nightclubsporn films, the swinging lifestyle of married couples and the sex education of teenagers. The film also examines drug addictionalcoholism and suicides in Sweden.


"Mah Nà Mah Nà" is a popular song written by Piero Umiliani. It originally appeared in the Italian film Sweden: Heaven and Hell (Svezia, inferno e paradiso). It was a minor radio hit in the U.S. and in Britain, but became better known internationally for its use by The Muppets and on The Benny Hill Show.

"Mah Nà Mah Nà" first gained notoriety in English-speaking countries from its use in a recurring blackout sketch for the 1969-70 season of The Red Skelton Show first airing in October 1969.

Sesame Street producer Joan Ganz Cooney heard the track on the radio and decided both it and a shaggy puppeteer named Jim Henson would be perfect additions to the show. First performed by Jim Henson (Kermit et al.), Frank Oz (Fozzie Bear et al.) and Loretta Long (Susan) on the fourteenth episode of the long running children's show broadcast on November 27, 1969, the song entered the public consciousness of the latter half of Baby Boomer children. The following Sunday when Henson and His Muppets performed the song on the Ed Sullivan Show it became an instant classic. Seven years later the song would also be part of the premiere episode of The Muppet Show in 1976.

Starting in 1971, The Benny Hill Show — in its second incarnation now at Thames Television where it launched in 1969 in color — implemented "Mah Nà Mah Nà" as part of a comic background music medley that would run during their often filmed slapstick sketches. The medley became a Benny Hill Show tradition for the rest of its run.
 Henri Salvador, French singer, added words to the music in 1969, under  Mais non, mais non.


Brings a smile to my face every time I hear this. {#Jump}
 ScottishWillie wrote:
Who was it did the original of this? 

 
Per the Aussie music quiz show, Spicks and Specs, this was first used in an Italian porn film.
My ring tone is the Muppets Show version. Love this version too.
 ScottishWillie wrote:
Who was it did the original of this? 

 
Sesame Street.
 Lindo525 wrote:

Maybe Sesame Street, but for sure on the Muppets. Gonzo goes crazy!

 

So many of the post-Sesame Street generation seem to have no idea where the muppets came from...as did this song.
Who was it did the original of this? 
Please Bill, I love RP and I listen daily at cocktail hour. And, I am a supporter. This is the worst song I've ever heard on RP. Please, you have the power to make it go away. Thank you very much.
Image result for mahna mahna gif
It is a french song of d'Henri Salvador :

https://www.google.fr/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwiBjYyZpNPSAhXHXBoKHcrTDMwQyCkIHzAA&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DumWyeneraZo&usg=AFQjCNGJtAvmhkm_4D6Fs0jJEha1rXkDkg

Cool cake !
This was fun!  

Takes me back to watching Sesame Street with the kids!
A piece of Cake, me likey!
Love the lyrics sheet!
 
UGH!
I had to do a double take. Bought this CD for the kids years ago and wondered if I somehow had left it on my iTunes.

Thanks for the smile, Bill! 
Oh this is sooooo needed this week.

Thank you. 
FEEL GOOD MUSIC!
Brilliantly irritating.
Not really a 9 but perfect for this morning!!
Not as good as the Muppets version, but quite enjoyable in a nostalgia kinda way
 jocelynsart wrote:
Ok, didn't they play that in Sesame Street?! lol!

 
Maybe Sesame Street, but for sure on the Muppets. Gonzo goes crazy!
A masterpiece. Sparking on so many different levels.
Meh, not one of Cake's finest moments... {#Neutral}
Nope. The original or GTFO.
Funky as hell, made me smile. Deserves an 8 for brightening my day.
Ok, didn't they play that in Sesame Street?! lol!
The Clubhouse 22 theme from the '70s in Dayton Ohio. Good memories. 
I like Cake and I like Sesame Street, but not sure I need them together. Would rather hear a real Cake song, I think.

 

MuzikLover wrote:

And this is why I listen to Radio Paradise. From Sweet Jane to Mahna Mahna....LOL. Love the variety.

 

The Different is small. This is a song from an italian Porno. And later accidently used by the Muppets.  {#Cheesygrin}  

 It's a good piece of Music (history). Go to a room with People and sing 'Mahna Mahna' and somebody is replay with 'ba di didi'. Ever.


This song just made my day! Radio Paradise is THE BEST thing EVER!!! Love you xxoxoxoxo {#Cheers}
And this is why I listen to Radio Paradise. From Sweet Jane to Mahna Mahna....LOL. Love the variety.
SO Bill is having one on us, eh? Fun!
40 year flashback...big time
You might torture me and play this 100 times in a row??
Shoot me now and get it over with!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8N_tupPBtWQ
There is no humour in this.  Bristol is not smiling.
 keller1 wrote:

... and besides, I bet you don't even know if God hates this song or not.
 
We can make an educated guess.      {#Think}
OMG, this is awful....

MsJudi wrote:
I can't help but see the Muppets (particularly Beaker). {#Dancingbanana_2}

This is the second song this weekend that's sounded like the Muppets! It makes me want to hear Queen Latifah singing "The Letter O." That was kind of awesome, too.


i wish they'd played this when they were in town... so fun {#Roflol}
 MsJudi wrote:
I can't help but see the Muppets (particularly Beaker).  {#Dancingbanana_2}
 
Ha!  Great minds....

This one reminds me of, "The Muppet Show".  I'll give it an 8!
I can't help but see the Muppets (particularly Beaker).  {#Dancingbanana_2}
Takes me back to the "McManaman" chants at Euro 96.  Probably just me though, admittedly.....
 jhorton wrote:
This is what they play in elevators in hell.
 

There are no elevators in hell.

Everyone takes the stairs.
Gets an 8 just for posterity's sake!
 HarrO wrote:
GO, BILL, GO. You gotta love it.
 
My appreciation of Cake has just gone up a few notches! {#Lol}
almost anything by Cake is OK by me...
I keep on thinking the birds in this song is Radio Paradise's 'listener supported radio' clip and that the song is over... but then it starts again. ^_^
Gawd, I just know I'll find myself singing this later.  Earworm! 
 CatInTheHat wrote:
In the spirit of this selection, can (should) we now look forward to music from Benny Hill?

 
HA!  same thing I was just going to say!

This is what they play in elevators in hell.
PA-LA-MA-LU ! ! !
It's palamalu.

In the spirit of this selection, can (should) we now look forward to music from Benny Hill?

 manbirdexperiment wrote:
{irritating over-used image snipped}
 
You're on your own with the hatred, pal, and do please quit using that stupid image which is not only serious eye-ache but takes up unnecessary page space. 

This takes me right back to the Muppets. I can just see them dancing to it right now :)

Certainly not an earth-shattering tune here, but I still like it. It makes me lawl any time I hear it.
funny! this song always used to creep me out when I was little and heard it on sesame street!

Love it Bill ,,,,,,,,,,,, {#Drummer}

Animal !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
{#Drummer}

Awesome. I know all you young 'uns only remember this from The Muppets, but I still remember the original. I think it was on Red Skelton show and the song started and these little spacement got out of a flying saucer and ran around. Black and white TV if you can imagine that.
{#Dancingbanana_2}
ok, i get it and all. and i'm a cake fan. but this is just unnecessary. sure, fun once. but...really. c'mon. there's better to choose from.

thank god there's a doughty track following up in the playlist that got me back to that good place this morning.


Approved!
 peyotecoyote wrote:
Is anyone else old enough to remember this from the intro to the Red Skelton Show?
 
Oh, yeah!

GO, BILL, GO. You gotta love it.
What a waste of air time, vinyl, and breath.  Why Bill, WHY??
Still picturing Arte Johnson and Ruth Buzzie on little scooters falling down sideways...

That was before the Muppets and still is etched in my mind.


I can't believe this is Cake, a band whose music I normally hate!  And not only that, but I even like this better than the original Muppets version!{#Roflol}
onemorebyte wrote:
I just found my new ring tone!!!!!! LMFAOROTFL

Found it. Done. Normally I hate goofy ringtones, but this one makes me think of the Muppets every time it rings.

 cc_rider wrote:


Yes, please, more Cake.

xoxox,

c.
 

Yes, yes, more Cake.  Sweet Cake to get rid of the unpleasant taste left by the cure.{#Puke}
{#Twisted}
My kids love this song! Everything on the "For the Kids" album is an enjoyable listen for us "big people," too.
EARWORM! Augh!!!!!!!!!! {#Bananasplit}

Mwah-ha mwah-ha ha ha ha haaaaa!
(the eeevil version)
Hey, these flakes finally found a song they are qualified to play!

2
Thanks for making my night, RP!
sesame street....weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
Fish heads, fish heads, roley poley, fish heads
I leave this on my husband's voicemail at work every time I hear it on RP. This happens quite often (too often) in his opinion.
I'd settle for no more Cake - Piero Umiliani's is still the version for me (40 years old now!!)
onemorebyte wrote:
I just found my new ring tone!!!!!! LMFAOROTFL
Oh man, mine too. I've gotta go find it...
redtex wrote:
Please, no.
Yes, please, more Cake. xoxox, c.
I just found my new ring tone!!!!!! LMFAOROTFL
Please, no.
I have this on a mix tape we play at early morning basketball games, and after it turns a few heads, always gets a few smiles. Fun version!
Awesome...simply awesome.
aaronm wrote:
I love Cake to pieces, but this song only rates a 6 for me.
I love a piece of Cake, Cake, and this.
Three songs about the devil, and then this evil song. What's goin on in your head today, Bill? Now it's gonna be hours before I can get this outta my head... ;)
LMAO!
I love Cake to pieces, but this song only rates a 6 for me.
shayde wrote:
Dude, this predates animal by about 15 years :) (the orignal that is :)
Yeah, but Animal makes it better!
peyotecoyote wrote:
Is anyone else old enough to remember this from the intro to the Red Skelton Show?
You betcha.
HA hahahaha. Thanks, Bill!
More cowbell!
ematt wrote:
the original is so much better, this one a 3 at best...
Original? Actually, try this: (click here)
Great song. I got this CD for my kid but I had to put this track onto my mp3 player.
fun! :dancingbanana: as long as we don't hear it too frequently... my friends and I have a joke about mahna mahna that started with this guy at work walking past and muttering it under his breath at them. We started looking up the history as a result and it is interesting...
My son and his friend constantly request this (This version or the muppets, doesn't matter) since I played it for them... Add that to the fact that he loves 'The Distance' too, I've got quite the cool-customer-in-training on my hands :)