No No Song

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"No No Song"

A-side label
Single by Ringo Starr
from the album Goodnight Vienna
B-side"Snookeroo"
Released27 January 1975 (US only)
Formatvinyl record 7"
GenreRock
Length2:33
LabelApple Records
ProducerRichard Perry
Ringo Starr singles chronology
"Only You (And You Alone)"
(1974)
"No No Song"
(1975)
"Snookeroo"
(1975)
Goodnight Vienna track listing
 
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"No No Song"

A-side label
Single by Ringo Starr
from the album Goodnight Vienna
B-side"Snookeroo"
Released27 January 1975 (US only)
Formatvinyl record 7"
GenreRock
Length2:33
LabelApple Records
ProducerRichard Perry
Ringo Starr singles chronology
"Only You (And You Alone)"
(1974)
"No No Song"
(1975)
"Snookeroo"
(1975)
Goodnight Vienna track listing

Ringo Starr's cover of Hoyt Axton's and David Jackson's "The No No Song" was included on his 1974 album Goodnight Vienna. The song was released in the US on 27 January 1975, backed with "Snookeroo".[nb 1][1] It was a #1 hit in Canada[2] and a #3 hit in the US. It describes progressive attempts to sell Colombian marijuana, Spanish cocaine, and Tennessean moonshine to a recovered addict who refuses it all. Harry Nilsson provides backing vocals.

Covers and in popular culture Brazilian rock musician Raul Seixas recorded a Brazilian Portuguese version called "Não Quero Mais Andar na Contra-mão" ("Don't Want to Ride on the Wrong Way Anymore") adapting the drugs mentioned in the lyrics to the Brazilian culture (respectively, Colombian marijuana, Bolivian cocaine, and Argentinian chloroethane spray). Seixas also released an album (and hit single) called O Dia em que a Terra Parou ("The Day the Earth Stood Still") The song itself was not related to the movie of the same name; rather, it is likely a reference to the album Goodnight Vienna, the cover of which reproduces an iconic scene from the film, with Ringo Starr replacing Michael Rennie as the alien Klaatu standing alongside the robot Gort.

Joe Dassin's "Moi j'ai dit non" was a French adaptation of "The No No Song".

References[edit]

Footnotes
  1. ^ US Apple 1880[1]
Citations
  1. ^ a b Harry, Bill (2004). The Ringo Starr Encyclopedia. London: Virgin Books. p. 183. ISBN 9780753508435. 
  2. ^ Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada

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Preceded by
"Lady Marmalade" by Labelle
Canadian RPM number-one single
April 5–12, 1975 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Philadelphia Freedom" by Elton John