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Out at sea a single clarinet begins to play, a droll melody joined in on after a few bars by guitars and mandolins. Birds huddle bright-eyed on the beach. Katje’s heart lightens, a little, at the sound. Slothrop doesn’t yet have the European reflexes to clarinets, he still thinks of Benny Goodman and not of clowns or circuses— but wait. . .  aren’t these kazoos coming? Yeah, a lotta kazoos! A Kazoo band!

— Thomas Pynchon, from Gravity’s Rainbow (1973)

Jayne Mansfield did, on occasion, also sing sing sing.

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