We're The Banana Splits

Your childhood TV rock-n-roll idols, on vinyl!

One of the greatest things about the music of the 60's is how it accessible it was to just about anyone. The cool kids had the Beatles and the Stones; middle America watched the Monkees; the hippies had the Dead and Jefferson Airplane; even Mom and Dad could swing to a homogenized version of Lennon & McCartney done up by Enoch Light or Tony Bennett. And for the toddlers, there were these weirdos, the Banana Splits.

I was suprised at how good some of the songs on this hard to find LP are (thanks to my friend Gary who let me borrow his copy). I'm not saying the Banana Splits were the next Beatles, but compared to the kind of music they make for kids today (the Barney theme comes to mind) this stuff kicks ass. Let's hear it for Fleagle, Bingo, Drooper and Snork!

We're The Banana Splits
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We're The Banana Splits (MP3) ...yeah!
The Tra La La Song (MP3) The tune you can never get out of your head... just try.
Soul (MP3) Can four guys in crazy animal costumes have... soul?

See Also: Fonzie, Fonzie, He's Our Man, Themes From Hit TV Shows, The Kids from the Brady Bunch

Your Comments:

sam ( says:
As with everyone else on this board, Im hoping that Warner - who has the rights to HB properties will bring out a BS dvd box set. But dont hold your breathe. Other HB properties that were slated for this year have been pushed back indefinately ie Wally Gator, Grape Ape, Magilla Gorilla, Inch High Private Eye, Honk Kong Fuey and others. For now - I'd tivo it or go to local toy shows - there always seem to be "people who have acess to home made dvds" of these types of show. While I AM NOT advocating piracy, its these types of studio actions that drive us fans to find our beloved show(s) "where ever" we can find them. I was at a show on sunday and saw a home made 4 dvd set - around $30 - the shows were tivod and in good shape except for the Boomerang logo. No I didnt buy it. (03-08-2006)

ken ( says:
has anyone ever noticed how bob marleys buffalo soldier sounds like the tra-la-la? which one was first? (03-04-2006)

Mags says:
I was not around in the 60s or 70s. I was born in 92, actually. But, as a kid of 5 or 6, they used to play the old shows in the middle of the night on Cartoon Network. (Popeye, old Scooby-Doos, and this weird show called 'O Canada'). Anyways, they used to play The Banana Splits. I used to watch it, you know, the beginning where they all ran around and bumped into eachother... It always made me giggle. I just had to Google search it tonight, because I recently heard the theme song playing and flipped out with my mom. ("THE BANANA SPLITS!") We all remember that show. (03-03-2006)

Dee ( says:
What a GREAT show this was. It was so silly, but fun. You had to love the cross mix of live action & cartoons they showed. The song was so catchy as well & the scenes at Kings Island were lively. I wish they would play old episodes on like Nick at Nite or Cartoon Network. Kids today don't have good cartoons to watch anymore. The classics are the way to go!!!! Thankx for the site by the way. (03-01-2006)

lady bez ( says:
the banana splits rock i grew up with them
i'm 46 years old
love them bring them back
for sure
tina (02-28-2006)

frank ( says:
An overlooked classic TV show from the late 1960's. It is my favourite show with colorful characters, six wheel amphicars and music videos. Wait Until Tomorrow was shot on location in San Francisco, California. They showed the Golden Gate Bridge, California Street Cable Car, Fishermans Wharf, Hyde Street Pier, Ghiradelli Square, The Cannery, San Francisco Anchorage, and the Omnibus(A classic 1920's Double Decker Bus.

I do very much want to see this show on DVD. THey should do it especially all the modern and classic stuff that is out now. (02-11-2006)

Al ( says:
I love this show, I recently found it on the boomerang channel and have been tivoing since.
I'm in my 40's but when I watch this show I feel like I did when I was 9. I hope it's released on dvd soon. I think there are a lot of "grown ups" that would like to relive some happy times. (02-05-2006)

keith jones ( says:
the Splits were repeated on BBC in the mid 70's and I remember that the Danger Island serial was shown firstly (in 75 or something)in sequence and then when repeated the serial was dropped which meant that the roadrunner cuckoo clock no longer sqwaked 'uh oh Chongo, it's Danger Island next' but just spun its head around in a meaninglessly surreal gesture, clearly someone had got in among the videotape and messed up the sequences or something -
* size of a scorpion...!***** *************************** (02-04-2006)

Peter says:
My girlfriend doesn't know the banana splits ... (she's American). I'm sad. But I just played the song and she loves it! (02-02-2006)

Cowana Brown ( says:
I have my first grandchild and we had to set the player for 5:ooam to get a copy of the show for him. Now 20 times a day he looks at you and says Tra-la, milk, bed. Can you tell me where we can get a DVD of just the Banana Splits. His birthday is Sunday and we have tried to make everything we can Banana Splits.
Thanks (01-24-2006)

Phil Jones ( says:
Those were the days, waking up on a saturday morning to the antics of the banana splits...and who could have forgotton the song..I listened to it there now and it brought back floods of happy memories from my childhood..thanks for the site! (01-23-2006)

Fred ( says:
All this brings back amazing memories, I six when the show started and just recently was talking to some friends about and it brought a smile to everyones faces. I've told my kids about the Banana Splits and now they're hooked on every old show I used to watch, especially the Munsters. Can anyone tell me where I can pick-up a DVD set of the Banana Splits? I've got the Munsters one and would love a Banana Splits one.

Tra la la lalala. (01-17-2006)

Valerie says:
Loved this show! I was about 7 or 8 when this show came on! One of the highlights of my childhood! Saturday mornings were SATURDAY MORNINGS back then! (01-15-2006)

Kettir says:
There was a send-away to get into the Banana Splits fan club. Also you could get a 45 that had on one side the "tra la la" song and on the other side a song that went "It's such a good day for a parade/the decorations have been so nicely made". How about a RAM of that one for nostalgia? (01-08-2006)

Mike ( says:
Man I just have to say...looking for anything on the Splits is almost impossable, but I found this site....Love it. I remember getting a 45 record from box tops off a kelloggs cereal box ...I wish i still had it. Where can i get an episode of the show (12-30-2005)

Jeff Romain ( says:
I, like Ray am at a loss with reference to the name of the cheerleaders that would send the 'splits' into apoplexy. I have been told many times and of course remember watching the events but at 44 i can't rememember if i watched with cocoa or ifts its just old age. Anyway i used to look foreward to Sat mornings in the early 70' (12-29-2005)

Bingo ( says:
Hey All Banana Splits fans join us on our own Blog, (12-26-2005)

Glen the record hunter ( says:
I recently found a great copy of this album for a few dollars and I haven't had the heart to post it on Ebay yet! One of these days for the right price...... (12-22-2005)

druggstohr says:
I remember this show so well and loved it. I guess I was about 9 or 10 when it came out in '66 or so. They had a segment where one of the Splits would read fan mail: Dear Banana Splits, I am in love with this girl in my class but she doesn't know I'm alive. What should I do? Answer: Show her your birth certificate! I thought that was the most hilarious thing I'd ever heard! Ah, innocence. That, and doing the "Monkees" walk with a couple of pals. (12-05-2005)

Steve ( says:
Please settle an argument...

Did the Banana Splits start as part of the monkees show, a bit like the simpsons on the tracy alman show? (11-16-2005)

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