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Greatest TV Cartoon Theme Songs #12: Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids

Greatest TV Cartoon Theme Songs #12: Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids

Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids theme song summarizes what happens in every episode. The Junkyard Gang get together and sing songs, playing instruments made from parts they found in the junkyard. They have fun together, just being themselves, but sometimes they have to deal with very real issues. That’s where the learning plays a big role. Typically, each episode covers an issue or problem commonly dealt with by young people, like skipping school, love and relationships, physical health, and bullying. Sometimes, they even dealt with harder issues like stealing, smoking, vandalism, racism, child abuse, drug use, and guns. Though, these were usually toned down for a cartoon.

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One thing that set this apart from other cartoons was the use of live-action mixed with animation. The theme song shows what happens in every episode. The real (not animated) Bill Cosby would talk about what the kids were doing. During the episode, we would see the animated gang “doing their thing”. Then, live-action Bill Cosby would act like he was painting or something, and provide insight into what was happening with a particular character, and how they were dealing with it, and maybe questioning whether what they were doing was right or wrong. In the end, the gang would help each other out, and become wiser because of the experience. Then, Bill Cosby would wrap up “the lesson”, and introduce the kids, playing a song about what they learned.

One of the most popular impressions that people like to try, other than Fat Albert’s tag line, “Hey-Hey-Hey!”, is Mushmouth. A typical line from this chinless character with large lips, who is linguistically-challenged, would be, “Hey-ba Fat Albert-ba, Whats-ba happenin-ba?”

Here’s the Junkyard Gang, and what they play in the Junkyard Band:

Fat Albert Fat Albert Jackson plays makeshift versions of bagpipes and the accordion, using a radiator and an airbag.
Mushmouth Mushmouth plays a homemade bass guitar.
Weird Harold Weird Harold plays a harp, made from bedsprings.
Rudy Davis Rudy Davis plays the banjo, made from a broomstick handle and sewing-thread spool to hold the strings.
Dumb Donald Dumb Donald plays a trombone, made from plumbers’ pipe and a morning glory horn from an old Victrola (phonograph with the turntable and amplifying horn tucked away inside a wooden cabinet).
Bill Cosby Bill Cosby plays drums made from a foot-pedal trash can using spoons for sticks.
Russell Cosby plays the xylophone, made from empty cans and a coat rack.
Bucky Bucky plays a stovepipe organ.

Originally Aired on TV: September 9, 1972
Theme Song Written By: Ricky Sheldon and Edward Fournier

Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids

Lyrics

Hey, hey, hey!
It’s Fat Albert
And I’m gonna sing a song for you
And Bill’s gonna show you
A thing or two
You’ll have some fun now
With me and the gang
Learning from each other
While we do our thing
Na, na, na
Gonna have a good time
Na, na, na
Gonna have a good time
Hey, hey, hey!

This is Bill Cosby coming out with music and fun
If you’re not careful, you may learn something before it’s done!
Hey, hey, hey!

Na, na, na
Gonna have a good time
Hey, hey, hey!
Na, na, na
Gonna have a good time
Hey, hey, hey!
Na, na, na
Gonna have a good time

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Marc Morrell

I am a Big Fan of all types of animation. Like a lot of things, the cream always rises to the top. My favorites have included Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Rebels, anything Pixar, Phineas and Ferb, Voltron Legendary Defender, and the DC/WB Animated Films. I have a lot of Old School favorites as well, such as Star Blazers, Voltron, Looney Toons, Tom & Jerry, and Scooby Doo.
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