Cartoons (band)

Cartoons, also known as Cartoons DK, are a Eurodance band from Denmark, best known for their cover of the 1958 novelty song "Witch Doctor", and also their "DooDah!" song, both hits of 1998. The band wears outlandish plastic costumes and wigs in live performances as caricatures of 1950s American rock and roll stars.

Cartoons
Also known asCartoons DK
OriginDenmark
GenresEurodance
Years active1996–2006, 2018–present
Labels
Members
  • Toonie (Martin Østengaard)
  • Sponge (Jesper Dukholt)
  • Buzz (Dave Stevens)
  • Puddy (Natasja Skov)
  • Boop (Ines Bukic (replacing Karina Jensen))
Past members
  • Shooter (Erling Jensen)
  • Boop (Karina Jensen)

Cartoons were originally called "the Scooters" in the late 1980s, and played rockabilly music from the 1950s and 1960s. In 1994, the Scooters released the album Live at Woodstock. In 1997, the group changed its name to Cartoons.

MembersEdit

  • Toonie - lead and backing vocals.
  • Sponge - bass, vocals, saxophone and keyboards.
  • Shooter - lead guitar and backing vocals.
  • Buzz - double bass.
  • Puddy - backing vocals.
  • Boop - backing vocals.

HistoryEdit

They were first signed to FLEX Records, moving later to EMI Denmark.

Their most notable single to date is "Witch Doctor", which reached number two in the UK Singles Chart;[1] with its combination of the original's "ooh-ee-ooh-aah-aah" chorus (although lacking that record's double-speed playback of the chorus), driving dance beat and occasional guitar breaks.

They had further success in the UK with the Top 10 hit, "DooDah!" (a version of the American folk song "Camptown Races"); the Top 20 hit "Aisy Waisy", which was performed on Jim Davidson's Generation Game; and a Top 20 debut album, Toonage (later released with additional songs under the title More Toonage).

Their second album Toontastic! did not match the success of its predecessor but several notable hits were released from it including "Diddley-Dee", "Big Coconuts" and a reworked cover of Les Humphries Singers' "Mama Loo."[2]

Cartoons rounded out their success with a greatest hits album composed of previous tracks from their two albums as well as three new tracks.

In July 2016, Karina Jensen died from cancer, after having a double mastectomy in 2012. She was survived by her husband and two children.[3] In April 2019, Erling Jensen died of lymphoma. He was 50 years old.[4]

In 2018, Cartoons performed at the "We Love The 90's festival in Aalborg, Denmark. The band are currently active on their social media platforms such as Instagram and TikTok and are currently working on their fourth album.

DiscographyEdit

AlbumsEdit

Studio albumsEdit

List of albums, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
BEL
[5]
DEN
[6][7]
NLD
[8]
NOR
[9]
SPA
[10]
SWE
[11]
POR
[12]
ITA
[13]
UK
[1]
Toonage
  • Released: 24 September 1998[14]
  • Label: Flex
  • Formats: CD
25 2 24 14 8 12 10 6 17
Toontastic!
  • Released: 2 May 2001[17]
  • Label: Flex
  • Formats: CD
7
"—" denotes items which were not released in that country or failed to chart.

Compilation albumsEdit

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
DEN
[18]
Greatest Toons!
  • Released: 2005
  • Label: CMC
  • Formats: CD
20
"—" denotes items which were not released in that country or failed to chart.

SinglesEdit

Main artistEdit

List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications Album
AUS
[19]
BEL
[5]
DEN
[20]
FRA
[21]
IRE
[22]
ITA
[23]
NLD
[8]
NZ
[24]
SWE
[11]
SPA
[25]
GER
[26]
UK
[27]
EUR
1998 "DooDah!" 31 5 3 21 9 56 31 10 19 7 15 Toonage
"Witch Doctor" 9 22 2 12 31 13 68 2 11
"Yoko" 41 51
"Let's Go Childish"
1999 "Aisy Waisy" 34 16 54
"The X-Mas Single" 9 43 non-album single
2000 "Diddley-Dee" 40 46 Toontastic!
"Mama-Loo"
2001 "Big Coconuts"
2005 "Day Oh" Greatest Toons!
"—" denotes items which were not released in that country or failed to chart.

Featured artistEdit

List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Year Title Peak chart positions Album
DEN
1999 "Selv en dråbe"
(as part of a charity single in aid of Kosovo)
1 Grænseløs Greatest

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ [1] Archived February 17, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 10 September 2016. Retrieved 19 July 2016.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Erling Jensen from Cartoons has passed away: it Was only 50 years". JellyPages.com. 7 April 2019. Retrieved 1 October 2021.
  5. ^ a b "ultratop.be - Discografie Cartoons". Ultratop. ULTRATOP & Hung Medien / hitparade.ch. Retrieved 6 January 2012.
  6. ^ "Cartoons / Toonage" (in Danish). TOP20.dk. Archived from the original on 13 June 2014. Retrieved 6 January 2012.
  7. ^ "Cartoons / Toontastic" (in Danish). TOP20.dk. Archived from the original on 12 June 2014. Retrieved 6 January 2012.
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  9. ^ Hung, Steffen. "norwegiancharts.com - Discography Cartoons". Retrieved 9 March 2017.
  10. ^ "Hits of the World: Spain (AFYVE/ALEF MB) 04/17/99". Billboard. Vol. 111, no. 19. Nielsen Business Media. 8 May 1999. p. 47. ISSN 0006-2510.
  11. ^ a b Hung, Steffen. "swedishcharts.com - Discography Cartoons". Retrieved 9 March 2017.
  12. ^ "Hits of the World: Portugal (Portugal/Associação Fonográfica Portuguesa) 08/03/99". Billboard. Vol. 111, no. 33. Nielsen Business Media. 14 August 1999. p. 79. ISSN 0006-2510.
  13. ^ "Hits of the World: Italy (Musica e Dischi/FIMI) 04/10/99". Billboard. Vol. 111, no. 15. Nielsen Business Media. 10 April 1999. p. 48. ISSN 0006-2510.
  14. ^ xfactor,matia. "Cartoons - Toonage (1998)". Retrieved 9 March 2017.
  15. ^ "Listen - Danmarks Officielle Hitliste - Udarbejdet af AIM Nielsen for IFPI Danmark - Uge 52". Ekstra Bladet (in Danish). Copenhagen. 27 December 1998.
  16. ^ a b "Certified Awards Search: Cartoons". British Phonographic Industry. Archived from the original (To access, enter the search parameter "Cartoons" and select "Search by: Keyword", with the other two set to "All") on 17 January 2010. Retrieved 6 January 2012.
  17. ^ xfactor,matia. "Cartoons - Toontastic (2001)". Retrieved 9 March 2017.
  18. ^ "danishcharts.dk - Danish charts portal". danishcharts.dk. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  19. ^ "australian-charts.com - Discography Cartoons". australian-charts.com.
  20. ^
  21. ^ "lescharts.com - Discographie Cartoons". lescharts.com.
  22. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 3 June 2009. Retrieved 23 July 2013.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  23. ^ "italiancharts.com - Cartoons - Diddley Dee". italiancharts.com.
  24. ^ "charts.org.nz - Discography Cartoons". charts.nz.
  25. ^ "spanishcharts.com - Spanish charts portal". spanishcharts.com.
  26. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Cartoons - Witch Doctor". austriancharts.at.
  27. ^ "Cartoons". UK Singles Chart. The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 6 January 2012.

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