Napoleon XIV

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 1991 (The 1992 Induction Ceremony)

Previously Considered? No  what's this?

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Will Napoleon XIV be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
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who exactly is this?

Posted by Demetrios on Tuesday, 06.16.09 @ 13:17pm


He's the guy who recorded the novelty hit " They're Coming To Take Me Away" (ha-ha).

Posted by Bill G. on Tuesday, 06.16.09 @ 23:45pm


Well, Buffalo Sprigfield and Percy Sledge got in because of one song.

Posted by EricP on Thursday, 10.7.10 @ 16:42pm


Well, Buffalo Sprigfield and Percy Sledge got in because of one song.

Posted by EricP on Thursday, 10.7.10 @ 16:42pm

And might I add that neither act truly belongs in the RRHOF, but yet they got in because of the nominating committee's endless quest to induct every '60s act.

Mind you, Napoleon XIV is also '60s act, but no one tries to pretend that he was a significant artist who made any important contributions. I see nothing musically innovative or important about Percy Sledge, a 3rd-rate soul singer inducted solely on the basis of Ahmet Ertegun being a member of the nominating committee. Likewise with Buffalo Springfield, a wimpy folk-rock atrocity inducted because some of their members later moved on to bigger things. Either way, both of them suck.

I love They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa! It's a funny song, but I see no case to be made for Napoleon XIV. Like many novelty artists, he recorded one song that basically defined his entire career (see also Buckner & Garcia, Bobby Boris Pickett, Rick Dees, etc.).

Still, novelty music serves an important purpose: a stimulant to keep us laughing and enjoying life. I personally think that novelty songs are beyond reproach because they're not intended to be anything more than light, enjoyable songs about fads or odd themes. Such uplifting, whimsical music keeps this crazy world of ours sane.

Posted by Zach on Tuesday, 08.28.12 @ 20:25pm


I cannot help but notice that Mr. Napoleon here wishes to be termed "Napoleon the 4th". Technically, this is historically accurate. However, the listing here is for Napoleon the 14th. I'm aware of his one song, though I've never heard it.

If he really thinks he is (or was) Napoleon the 14th, I'd sure like to know what happened to Napoleon's the 4th through the 13th.

Posted by Cheesecrop on Friday, 02.26.16 @ 21:57pm


They came to take them away too, ho-hooo!

Posted by Philip on Friday, 02.26.16 @ 23:09pm


I can help you, Cheesecrop.

Napoleon IV: died in a bizarre gardening accident
Napoleon V: choked on (someone else's) vomit
Napoleon VI: spontaneously combusted on stage
Napoleon VII: played Russian Roulette with a fully loaded pistol
Napoleon VIII: choked on (someone else's) ham sandwich
Napoleon IX: came down with gigantism after drinking too much nerve tonic
Napoleon X: arrested by Fashion Police for wearing white after Labor Day
Napoleon XI: Bit the head off a bat...that was afflicted with ebola
Napoleon XII: Tossed into wood chipper by upper-Midwestern criminal
Napoleon XIII: Sharknado

Mystery solved.

Posted by AlexVoltaire on Friday, 02.26.16 @ 23:23pm


It is commentary like this that keeps me coming back!

Looking forward to demise of Napoleon XV!

Posted by Paul in KY on Monday, 02.29.16 @ 07:25am


Napoleon IV: died in a bizarre gardening accident
Napoleon V: choked on (someone else's) vomit
Napoleon VI: spontaneously combusted on stage
Napoleon VII: played Russian Roulette with a fully loaded pistol
Napoleon VIII: choked on (someone else's) ham sandwich
Napoleon IX: came down with gigantism after drinking too much nerve tonic
Napoleon X: arrested by Fashion Police for wearing white after Labor Day
Napoleon XI: Bit the head off a bat...that was afflicted with ebola
Napoleon XII: Tossed into wood chipper by upper-Midwestern criminal
Napoleon XIII: Sharknado

Mystery solved.

Posted by AlexVoltaire on Friday, 02.26.16 @ 23:23pm
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I've just seen this for the first time - tremendous!

I caught someone else's comment about a discussion going on about Napoleon XIV, though I can't find anything here. Is this actually serious?!

I'll just honor this w/a quote from the immortal Kelly Bundy, upon receiving her first CD player, and her first CD to play (Herman's Hermits):

"I'm Henry the V-I-I-I I am."

Posted by Cheesecrop on Wednesday, 03.2.16 @ 16:57pm


actually you put the wrong year on jerry samuels
he first recorded in 1956

Posted by j on Wednesday, 04.20.16 @ 17:51pm


actually you put the wrong year on jerry samuels
he first recorded in 1956

Posted by j on Wednesday, 04.20.16 @ 17:52pm


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