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JEANNIE'S DINER

Welcome to the official webpage for "Jeannie's Diner," the comedy parody song created by MJD.

I am sitting on the sofa...

Unlike other classic sitcoms, TV's I Dream Of Jeannie has inspired only a handful of comedy parody songs.  One of the most well-known of these songs is Jeannie's Diner, created, written, and produced by Mark Jonathan Davis.  The song is a parody of the 1990 Suzanne Vega/DNA single "Tom's Diner," and pays tribute to everyone's favorite Jeannie in a bottle.

Since it first blinked on to the scene in 1990, Jeannie's Diner has been a popular novelty song on radio stations around the nation, and has been released on CD, featured in books, and showcased on NickAtNite and TVLand in I Dream Of Jeannie music video promo spots.

Below is a short MP3 sample of the parody for your listening enjoyment.  The full-length version of Jeannie's Diner by MJD is 2:20 long.  The song is available on the Suzanne Vega compilation album "Tom's Album," released in 1991 by A&M and now distributed by Universal (#7 5021 5363 2).  At your local record store, the CD should be filed under "Vega, Suzanne," or "Various Artists," or "Compilations."

JEANNIE'S DINER
"I am sitting on the sofa, there's a TV in the corner."
In late 1990
at Premiere Radio Networks, MJD produced a tribute to "I Dream Of Jeannie" by creating a parody of Suzanne Vega's single "Tom's Diner."  Jeannie's Diner (sung by MJD's Los Angeles neighbor Marilyn Whitelaw) became a sensation:  it received national radio airplay, appeared in a music video on NickAtNite, won acclaim in the television ad industry, and ended up being included on a Suzanne Vega compilation CD called "Tom's Album."

The CD is also available at other on-line retailers, and at iTunes:
 

Tom's Album at itunes

Tom's Album
Various Artists


Tom's Album at iTunes


Release Date:  Sep 24, 1991
Genre: Rock
(P) 1991 UMG Recordings

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Please be sure to buy the CD today, because for each CD sold, MJD gets nine cents.


 

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CONTENTS

SONG HISTORY / TIMELINE
SONG CREDITS
SONG LYRICS
MUSIC VIDEO
 


 


THE JEANNIE'S DINER STORY

I am sitting on the sofa...

Here is a timeline that chronicles the evolution of "Jeannie's Diner."

 1987 - Suzanne Vega releases the album Solitude Standing, which contains the track "Tom's Diner," an a capella song about a New York City coffee shop (Tom's Restaurant, located in New York's Upper West Side at 112th & Broadway).

 1990 - A British band called DNA samples the song "Tom's Diner" from Suzanne Vega's Solitude Standing album, adding a funky instrumental track and looping her vocal.  Their remix hits number 5 on the Billboard Chart in November.

 1990 - Mark Jonathan Davis, a comedy writer/producer working for Premiere Radio Networks, creates a parody of "Tom's Diner" for syndication via PRN's Morning Show Comedy Network.  Using an eight-track reel-to-reel audio tape recorder and a Yamaha SPX90 effects deck, Davis produces his "Jeannie's Diner" as an homage to I Dream of Jeannie.  The parody becomes a hit on morning radio shows nationwide.

 1991 - Suzanne Vega releases Tom's Album, a compilation collection of "Tom's Diner" parodies, including "Jeannie's Diner," which she notes "incorporates forgotten bits of pop culture."  Tom's Album is distributed
on CD and cassette by A&M Records (now Universal Music), and sells throughout the world.
Tom's Album

 1992 - "Jeannie's Diner" becomes a top-request on the internationally syndicated radio program The Dr. Demento Show.

 1993 - Nick At Nite acquires rights to air the series I Dream Of Jeannie in its prime-time lineup.  In hopes of getting "Jeannie's Diner" involved in the network's on-air promotion campaign, Davis sends a copy of his parody song to then-Vice-President of On-Air Promotion Scott Webb.  Surprisingly, Webb already is familiar with the song (he has his own copy of Tom's Album), and gives the greenlight to using "Jeannie's Diner" on Nick At Nite.

 1994 - By July, an elaborate "Jeannie's Diner" music video is produced by Nick At Nite as an on-air promo spot for I Dream of Jeannie.  The promo is shot by director Barney Miller, the set is designed by Steve Thomas, and the project is executive produced by Nick's Agi Fodor. "I am sitting on the sofa..."

 1995 - The "Jeannie's Diner" promo is nominated in several national and international broadcast advertising competitions.  The promo is selected to play at the industry's prestigious Promax convention, and wins the Bronze at the Broadcast Design Awards. The spot also becomes a Finalist at The One Show, and receives a Silver Award at the Houston World Fest.

 1996 - Nick At Nite receives a Gold World Medal for Entertainment Program Promotion at the International Film and Television Festival for its I Dream Of Jeannie campaign, which prominently featured "Jeannie's Diner."

 1997 - Backstage at a Los Angeles TV show taping, Davis has his photograph taken with Barbara "Jeannie" Eden and Bill "Roger Healy Who Would Become Howard Borden" Daily.  Neither is familiar with the song.

 1998 - I Dream Of Jeannie begins airing on TVLand, and the "Jeannie's Diner" promo continues to receive frequent airplay to promote the sitcom.  TVGuide praises the promo in its August 29, 1998 "Cheers & Jeers" section:

Cheers to the genius of the genie.  'I Dream of Jeannie,' that is.  We love the promos on TVLand that show clips from the show over a song parody that crashes the sitcom theme song into Suzanne Vega's 1990 hit, 'Tom's Diner':  'I am watching Major Nelson / He is played by Larry Hagman.'  Thirty years later, Jeannie still casts a spell.

 1999 - "Jeannie's Diner" is almost featured in a "Biography" documentary about Barbara Eden...but it's not.

 2000 - Television expert Steve Cox writes "Dreaming Of Jeannie," an impressive book (published by St. Martin's Press) all about the classic TV sitcom I Dream Of Jeannie.  The author devotes page 194 to "Jeannie's Diner," calling the parody "cleverly conceived," "chanty," and "mantralike."

 2000 - KCRW inexplicably airs "Jeannie's Diner" on its "Morning Becomes Eclectic" show. When asked why, producer Ariana Morgenstern replies, "Why not?"

 2002 - MJD gives away free cassettes of "Tom's Album" to three lucky winners:  Ron Smith of Vineland, New Jersey; Melanie Roark of East Patchogue, New Jersey; Aubin LaBrosse of Rochester, New York.  WAY TO GO, EAST COAST JEANNIE GANGSTAS!

 2006 - Jeannie's Diner is re-posted here at MJD's Intergalactic Comedy Hacienda!

Stay tuned for more info on "Jeannie's Diner".

 

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CREDITS

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"Jeannie's Diner" by Mark Jonathan Davis

Created, written, recorded, engineered, mixed, and produced
by Mark Jonathan Davis at Premiere Radio Networks Studios, November 1990.
Lead vocal sung by Marilyn Whitelaw.
Additional voices performed by Mark Jonathan Davis.
(C) Copyright 1990 ideatown / Earthquake Entertainment

Special thanks to Kelly Aquino, Linette Shorr, Scott Webb, Tom Hill, Agi Fodor, Barney Miller, Pat Woods and Linda Haydn at Warner-Chappell Publishing, Marilyn Whitelaw, and Suzanne Vega.

 

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LYRICS

I am sitting on the sofa...

JEANNIE'S DINER
by Mark Jonathan Davis

Parody lyrics sung to the tune of "Tom's Diner" by Suzanne Vega
Written by Mark Jonathan Davis

I am sitting on the sofa, there's a TV in the corner
I am watching Major Nelson, he is played by Larry Hagman (Jeannie!)
And he found a little bottle, and out popped Barbara Eden
But she couldn't show her belly button, all she did was blink

(Dr. Bellows: Uh, Good Evening Major Nelson)
Tony Nelson works at NASA with suspicious Dr. Bellows
And there's also Roger Healy, who would become Howard Borden (Jeannie!)
And Jeannie always means well, but they get in wacky trouble
She folds her arms and blinks her eyes, it's kind of like Bewitched

(Jeannie!)
(Jeannie! Jeannie!)
(Yes, master!)

Oh the reruns will continue on the TV as I'm watching
The pink smoke of her bottle
I am dreaming of Jeannie
(Jeannie!)

(C) Copyright 1990 ideatown (Earthquake Entertainment)

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MUSIC VIDEO

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Here is an MPG file of the "Jeannie's Diner" Music Video Promo that airs on NickAtNite and TVLand.

"Jeannie's Diner" Music Video
NickAtNite Promo spot
(6606kb, :60)

 

"I am sitting on the sofa..." "...I am watching Major Nelson..."

 

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Tom's Album at itunes

  Tom's Album
Various Artists


Tom's Album at iTunes


Release Date:  Sep 24, 1991
Genre: Rock
(P) 1991 UMG Recordings

http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?id=1967187&s=143441

        amazon.com
http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B000002GJR/ref=dp_olp_2/002-9652571-8515244?ie=UTF8


 

I am sitting on the sofa...
 

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