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Dead Skunk — HIP-302

A novelty song by Loudon Wainwright III and released in 1972. The song is musically a simple folk song based on acoustic guitar, but accompanied by drums and strings. The lyrics describe a dead skunk in the middle of a busy road and the smell it produces for pedestrians. Wainwright said the song was an accident, written in 15 minutes. Although the single was released in November 1972, it was not until well into 1973 that it caught on with radio stations. The song has been played every Friday near 9 am, on Top 40 radio station KRRY (“Y101”) in Quincy, Illinois, since 1985. Y101 disc jockeys Dennis Oliver and Jeffrey Dorsey claim the two have played “Dead Skunk” more than any other radio station in the United States.

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