Four Bananas Make a Bunch

Let It SplitI’m sure most of you remem­ber the Banana Splits. They were that famous and influ­en­tial rock band that changed the face of the ’60s with their music; songs that have stood the test of time and are still with us today. Late in the band’s career, things had begun to get hec­tic and stress­ful. The mem­bers’ lives were head­ing in dif­fer­ent direc­tions. They were grow­ing apart; no longer the same wide-eyed kids they were when they start­ed out. But before they called it a day, they put out one final album: Let It Split.

Okay, not real­ly. I just made up all that stuff. Knowl­edge­able vis­i­tors will real­ize that what I’ve done here is a riff off the cov­er of the Bea­t­les’ last album, Let It Be, only recast with the mem­bers of the Banana Splits. Going clock­wise from the upper left, you have Droop­er, Flee­gle, Snorky and Bingo.

Yes, when I was a kid, I would watch The Banana Splits Adven­ture Hour. Fun times. I’ll even admit to hav­ing sent away for the Banana Splits Fan Club Kit. No Sour Grapes Bunch for me! No sir! Sing it with me now: “Tra la la, la la la la,…” 🙂

9 thoughts on “Four Bananas Make a Bunch

    1. Mark Post author

      Uh, not that I can recall, no.
      But I would­n’t have put it past the writ­ers to have used that song as part of some kind of a slap­stick qua­si-vaude­ville bit. Pos­si­bly also involv­ing the Sour Grapes Bunch. They did a lot of those kinds of things.

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  1. Lance

    Great Image. I haven’t seen this album in years.

    Fun fact for your read­ers: The Mon­kees, Kiss and the Banana Splits are THE SAME FOUR GUYS…just try­ing dif­fer­ent gim­micks in dif­fer­ent periods.

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    1. Mark Post author

      …And that sound you hear in the dis­tance is the heads of some peo­ple explod­ing, out there on the internet.
      I’m glad you like this, Lance! Thanks for stop­ping by.

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  2. Tammy

    This is very clever! You brought togeth­er my first bands in such a love­ly way. I’ve seen many ‘Let It Be’ cov­er par­o­dies, but this is my fave.

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    1. Mark Post author

      I’m glad you liked it. This was one of those visu­al ideas that, once they pop into your head, they stay there until you let them out.

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  3. David Burnell Davis

    I watched The Banana Splits and Friends when it was in syn­di­cat­ed reruns in the ’70s; I was able to get so much Han­na-Bar­bera good­ness in a week’s time. The orig­i­nal series reran on Boomerang for awhile; I miss those days. And I know what you mean about The Sour Grapes Bunch, but remem­ber, we nev­er actu­al­ly saw them; just their mes­sen­ger, Char­lie. We could cer­tain­ly hear what they did, though(lol).

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  4. David Burnell Davis

    I did, too, at first. There were five in all, but they usu­al­ly appeared one at a time, intro­duced as Char­lie. All five were fea­tured togeth­er in one of the group’s musi­cal num­bers, “Doin’ the Banana Split”; I think that’s what made their first impres­sion on me.

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