For years – decades even! – the Warner Brothers have been stating quite publicly that phrase the Road Runner says is “beep beep.” The proper title of the comic book is even Beep Beep The Road Runner. Wait. Is that supposed to be his first name? Beep Beep? And his last name is Road Runner? (I’ve heard that Smokey The Bear’s middle name is “The.” True or just rumor?) But when I, D. J. David B., watch a Road Runner cartoon, the noise that speedy little bird makes sounds more like “meeb meep” to my talented ears. I don’t hear a B sound at all. It sounds like an M the way he says it. Am I crazy?
Regardless, I have an exciting new discovery to share! Based on my research, Mr. B. B. Road Runner has more songs about him than any other animated cartoon character. I’m not counting Batman, because all of those records are versions of the same song. No, there are whole a bunch of different songs called “Road Runner,” including this one by Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers. (Should be “the Cartoon Lovers” if you ask me.) Can anyone prove me wrong? If so, please keep it to yourself.
Click the link below and listen.
— DJ David B.