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Spitting Image was a satirical puppet show that ran on the United Kingdom’s ITV television network from 1984 to 1996. The programme was produced by Spitting Image Productions for Central.

In 1986, the Spitting Image puppets had a number one hit in the UK charts with The Chicken Song.
Other songs released by Spitting Image were I’ve Never Met A Nice South African (which was on the B-Side of The Chicken Song and was a savage indictment of the apartheid-ridden country), Santa Claus Is On The Dole, The Atheist Tabernacle Choir and We’ve Got Beards (which poked fun at ZZ Top). The Chicken Song was by far the most successful of all of their music and not-so-subtle references were made to it in subsequent sketches in the show itself. An LP was produced, featuring some of their sketches over time along with a few of their songs.

Spitting Image was also famous for the notorious song We’re Scared Of Bob in 1986.

Other musical parodies featured Michael Jackson, Kylie Minogue, Frankie Goes To Hollywood and Prince.

In only one instance, the parody was sung by the original artist. This was when Sting was persuaded to sing the Spitting Image version of Every Breath You Take.


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  • PhoenixBloom

    I found them quite frightening, I still do and I'm 21!

    18 Dec 2009 Reply
  • stannis

    I have very vague memories of the later seasons of Spitting Image. One thing that does stand out in my mind is their parody of Michael Jackson's "Earth Song". I've searched the Internet high and low and I just cannot find a video of this anywhere. I'd be very grateful if someone in this group knew where to find it!

    31 Aug 2009 Reply
  • ZeroAsALimit

    As has been said, seeing Star Trekkin' there is just wrong. Dawn Of A New Age and JB's Latin must be B-sides to singles, because they ain't on Spit In Your Ear and, quite frankly, I want to know where I can get the regular version of The Chicken Song, seeing as I have the Celebrity Megamix

    28 Mar 2009 Reply
  • jamesor2

    you must be the only person in the world. hurray

    29 Jan 2009 Reply
  • robert7

    Does anyone auctually own the Spit in your ear CD except for me?

    5 Jan 2008 Reply
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    12 Oct 2007 Reply
  • cheekbones3

    For your information, Star Trekkin is by The Firm, not Spitting Image. It seems a few people are confused!

    7 May 2007 Reply
  • Tr1xx

    There's some great background info and details of the sketches at

    13 Jan 2007 Reply
  • Tr1xx

    I seem to recall Spitting Image was tried in The USA, but the lawyers were so busy, it got pulled.

    13 Jan 2007 Reply
  • Cylob

    Pretend your name is Keith...

    15 Jul 2006 Reply

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