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The voice of the purple people eater is a sped-up recording. The sound of a toy saxophone was produced in a similar fashion as the saxophone was originally recorded at a reduced speed.
The song invokes phrases from several other hit songs from that era: "Short Shorts", by The Royal Teens, and "Tequila", by The Champs, both from earlier in 1958; and "Tutti Frutti" from 1955.
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