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This is the six note Intro Fanfare to a Song and Dance number. (Actually it's a somewhat shortened version of an older 16-note intro, the shorter version being the more common these days.) Three notes of the same pitch, then up a full, up a half, up a half. "Dadum dadum dum dum!" It's rather ubiquitous, and originates from vaudeville or perhaps even earlier. In vaudeville it was known as the "Minsky Pickup" (undoubtedly named after Minsky's Burlesque and perhaps originating there), but it has also been called the "Cockney Intro."
Not to be confused with this Minsky Pickup.
- Back in the The Seventies, there was a TV spot for Chef Boy-ar-dee's Beefaroni and Beef-o-getti that had kids singing about which was their favorite, with a Minsky Pickup leading into the last lines of the song.
- The theme for the Japanese retailer Sofmap.
- In the movie Clue, the singing telegram lady sings it before she sings, "I am your singing telegram"
- In Monty Python and The Holy Grail, the Camelot song: "(Dadum dah dump dump dump) We're knights of the Round Table/We dance whene'er we're able..."
- The opening credits of Monsters, Inc. begins with a Jimmy Hart Version.
- In A Shot in The Dark, there's a Minsky Pickup just before the crow poops on Clouseau's head.
- In the The Honeymooners episode called "The $99,000 Answer" (after the fictional TV show Ralph is going on), when Ralph is cramming for an appearance on a game show where he has to identify songs, Norton is helping him by playing songs on the piano. EACH song is preceeded by Norton "Warming Up" which consists of the notes of "Way Down Upon the Swanee River" followed by "dadum, dadum dum dum!" (The bit with the Minsky Pickup is here starting at 6:40)
- (FWIW it's the only Honeymooners episode that has its own page on The Other Wiki.)
- Incidentally, there's an inside joke in that clip: The third song Ed plays for Ralph, that Ralph has trouble getting, is "Melancholy Serenade" - the theme song from The Jackie Gleason Show.
- Whenever Fred, Ethel or Lucy would do a song on the I Love Lucy show they almost always started by singing a Minsky Pickup.
- Considering Fred and Ethel were supposedly retired vaudevillians, this was entirely reasonable.
- In Whose Line Is It Anyway? (US version), each of the Show-Stopping Numbers start off with the six note version.
- It's in the beginning of The Muppet Show theme song.
- Mystery Science Theater 3000 - From the episode where they watch Invasion of the Neptune Men:
Crow: So, uh, do either of you guys know any songs about Stock Footage that could get us through this?
Tom: Oh, I know a song about stock footage! It goes like this! Didit, da dit dit dit--EAT IT MOVIE! TAKE THIS STUPID LITTLE COCKROACH OF A FILM, ROLL IT UP SOOOOOO TIGHT, AND THEN RAM IT RIGHT UP YOUR--(breaks down sobbing).
- It was in the intro to The Gong Show theme.
- In The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy original radio series ("Fit the Ninth"), the "Share and Enjoy" song starts with an out-of-tune variation - and then gets worse.
- Bill Bailey calls it "the Cockney intro" in his Cockney Music sketch (40s in), and as such it also opens the theme he composed for East London-set sitcom World of Pub.
- And then there's this. One of the few to actually use "OI!"
- It's within the intro of Doctor Steel's song, "The Dr. Steel Show".
- "Weird Al" Yankovic uses it in at least two of his polka medleys - "The Alternative Polka" and "Polka Your Eyes Out"
- At the beginning of Buzz Clifford's "Baby Sittin' Boogie"
- Paul Hindemith uses it in his "Foxtrot" for piano.
- Ian Dury and The Blockheads' "There Ain't Half Been Some Clever Bastards" ends with a Minksy pickup.
- The "12th Street Rag" starts off with the long version of the pickup.
- A Jimmy Hart Version of the long form appears near the end of Spike Jones' "The Black And Blue Danube Waltz."
- "Jones Polka" makes something of an Overly Long Gag out of the pickup, starting about a half-minute in.
- Several other songs done by Spike Jones have a spot in the middle where the song suddenly shifts into a fast gear and uses the pickup preceded by a bar of squeeze horns.
- "Nothing From Nothing" by Billy Preston begins with the long version of the pickup.
- In PDQ Bach's Capriccio "La Pucelle de New Orleans," the 4-bar version of the pickup is one of the Dixieland band's intrusions.
- "I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die Rag" by Country Joe and the Fish starts off using the longer version of the pickup.
- It can be heard at the beginning of Jacques Brel's "Madeleine."
- Occurs towards the end of The Beach Boys' "Look (Song For Children)".
- The classic Super Mario Bros. theme starts with The Jimmy Hart Version.
- Used verbatim in the Athletic Theme from Super Mario Land 2.
- Used in a number of Parodius characters' themes, such as Koitsu's. Many of them Jimmy Hart Versions.
- Elmyra's theme in the first Tiny Toon Adventures NES game starts off with the long version of this.
- The second bar of the main theme of Wario Land 2, note for note.
- This kicks off the title theme of Kirby's Adventure (and Nightmare in Dream Land).
- One of the default shop themes in RPG Maker 2000 has this intro.
- The Music Man has this in the "Shipoopi" dance music, just before Hill and Marian start dancing together.
- Also begins the show A Chorus Line. "Again!"
- "Wrong Note Rag" from Wonderful Town uses a modulating version as a recurring break.
- Gypsy, being a show about vaudeville, inevitably uses the Minsky pickup once, at the start of the Farmboys' number (not in the Minsky's striptease sequence, of course).
- The Demented Cartoon Movie: Just as the Zeeky Boogy Doog song starts.
- The intro to the Popeye theme contains these notes.
- Used in Pontoffel Pock, Where Are You? as the musical password to Pock's piano.
- In Season Five of Robot Chicken, Superman likes to sing this at the end of his appearances. "Da-da-da-da-da-da -- Superman!"
- In the first Shrek movie, Robin Hood's song starts off like this, as does the Welcome to Duloc information booth.
- "Prince Ali" from Aladdin features this in the last line of the introductory verse: "Are you gonna love this guy!"