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Chim Chim Cheree, song lyrics
Song: Chim Chim Cheree
Chim chiminey, chim chiminey, Chim chim cheree,
I wake up each morning a most happy man,
There's Tufsyn(12), and Retsyn(13) and Acrylan(14) too,
I'm giving a party next Saturday night,
1 - Allan Sherman (1924 - 1973), born as Allan Copelon in Chicago Illinois, and taking his mother's maiden name for a stage surname. He as a TV producer, comedian, and famous parody songwriter. This is his critique of the business of marketing and advertising.
2 - Sodium acetylsalicylate at the time was marketed as "soluble aspirin" (with aspirin being acetylsalicylic acid).
3 - Pic-o-pay was a powdered dentifrice (for brushing your teeth with).
4 - "Flouristan" was the trademarked name Crest (toothpaste) used for the common chemical stannous flouride.
5 - Hexachlorophene, a disinfectant that was used in some soaps.
7 - Dermasil: a skin lotion.
8 - Silicones are a family of chemicals from oils to polymer-rubbers. This reference could be to silicone oils that can be used in hair conditioner to make hair shiny and slippery.
9 - Vitriol-D, was a type of hair gel, to make the hair stay in place.
10 - Lanolin was used as an ingredient in some hair shampoos. (Lanolin is mostly used as an emollient in skin moisturizers.)
11 - Wave: a hairstyle.
12 - Tufsyn, a Goodyear trademarked name for a rubber chemical mixture used in automobile tires.
13 - Retsyn, a trademarked name for a mixture in Certs breath mints. Retsyn, is a combination of a combination of partially hydrogenated cottonseed oil, copper gluconate and flavoring, with the flavoring giving the mint its taste and the copper gluconate giving it the green coloring.
14 - "Acrylan" is probably a mispelling of "Acrilan", an acrylic (plastic) fiber, often blended with other fibers to make cloth.
15 - "Marfak", a tradmarked grease of Texaco Oil and gasoline stations. The makers of the video misspelled it as "Marfac".
17 - Orlon, a Dupont Corp., trademarked name for their acrylic fibers used in fabric.
18 - Korlan, a Dow Chemical Company trademarked name for O,O-Dimethyl O-(2,4,5-trichlorophenyl)-phosphoro-thioate, a now discontinued insecticide.
19 - Accutron, the name of Bulova's electronic watch. It had no digital number, but it was a crystal-controlled movement, advancing the hands on the watch.
20 - Teflon, is a Dupont trademark, for Polytetrafluoroethylene polymer (plastic).
21 - Ban-lon, a trademarked name by Joseph Bancroft and Sons, for a process to add crimp and therefore stretch to synthetic yarns.
22 - Blue-Magic Whitener, was from the Cheer laundry detergent advertising campaign that lasted many years. See below for an example from a 1953 advertisement.
24 - Wide-track was a marketing gimmick in the late 1950's and early 1960's implying a vehicle was superior if its wheels were a few centimeters (8-10) farther apart.
25 - Autronic-Eye, first came out in 1952 Oldsmobile and Cadillacs, that sensed the headlights of oncoming traffic from the opposite late, to automatically dim the vechicle headlights until the automobile from the other direction passed. Back in the 1950's and 1960's they were very unreliable.
26 - Volvo, is a maker (and brand) of automobiles.
27 - Platformate, was a name trademarked by Shell, for their gasoline additive that was said to improve gas mileage.
28 - We believe a "Nasograph" was featured in Dristan television commerical around that time, to check nostril air flow. Dristan is a brand of over-the-counter nasal spray and cold tablets.
29 - Naugahyde is pliable vinyl-covered fabric, colored and sometimes textured to look like leather, but much cheaper.
30 - Sorry, we don't know whose advertisements these were, or if they were for a laundry detergent or washing machine manufacturer.
31 - The "Jolly Green Giant", the mascot for "Green Giant" brand canned and later frozen vegetables.
32 - This animated tiger was the advertising mascot for Esso gasoline.
33 - The white knight was the mascot for Ajax detergents at the time.
34 - The advertising campaigns for Hathaway shirts.
35 - Hertz, car rentals.