The song and recording also achieved some modernist "kitsch" notoriety when it was used in the cartoon show The Simpsons, with the main character, Homer Simpson, singing an out-of-tune vocal rendition in his happier moments.
"Spanish Flea" is a popular song written by Julius Wechter in the 1960s with lyrics by Cissy Wechter. 24 and gaining a Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental.
Lighthearted and whimsical, the song has all of the same ingredients as several of Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass' other early hits: Alpert's trumpet defines the melody over a loose and delicious Latin-tinged rhythm section.
As well, the use of marimba underpins the melody perfectly, providing a clever counterpoint.
The Glenn Miller Orchestra did a rendition of the song as the last track on the album "Something New: The Glenn Miller Orchestra plays the Tijuana Brass" (1966) Allan Sherman did a parody of this song on his album Togetherness (1967).
Another parodic cover version, spoofing Alpert's version, appeared on the mock Alpert tribute album Sour Cream & Other Delights by the Frivolous Five.
He gained quite a reputation on the horn, performing during his post-graduate Army stint and again with the USC Trojan Marching Band in college.
He also worked as a songwriter and movie extra, learning all aspects of the entertainment business.
It was so popular in its original run that it inspired a flavor of ice cream.
A young woman asked provocative questions of three bachelors who sat on stools behind a large wall.
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