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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