Song of the Day: The T-Bones, “No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach’s In)”

It’s not very often that a song that was written for a television commercial becomes a hit record, especially one for an upset stomach remedy. But that’s what happened in 1966, when Miles Laboratories, makers at the time of Alka-Seltzer, used this little ditty in their commercials. The record was attributed to The T-Bones, but was recorded by members of The Wrecking Crew, the famous group of studio musicians from Los Angeles who played on thousands of pop records, including Tommy Tedesco (guitar), Carol Kaye (bass) and Hal Blaine (drums). They were making too much money as session players to want to travel in support of the record, so Liberty Records formed a traveling version of the band, with Judd and Danny Hamilton on guitars, Joe Frank Carollo on bass, Tommy Reynolds on keyboards, and Gene Pello on drums. The public T-Bones didn’t actually play on any of the records until the last album. "No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach’s In)" reached #3 on the Hot 100 in 1966.

6 thoughts on “Song of the Day: The T-Bones, “No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach’s In)”

    1. I’m not aware of a different version, but you never know, one of the instrumental groups (The Ventures, The Shadows, Los Straitjackets etc.) might have covered it. So you probably did. It’s a great song, and the commercials were funny, especially when you’re 11.

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  1. Well you got to laugh haven’t you ,very clever move on Alka-Seltzer’s part very much a tune of it time. Adverts have become hits since Eg. Jeans on by David Dundas https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeans_On which was used in the Brutus Jeans advert and was a huge hit. Not to mention the Coke Cola adverts like, I’d like to teach the world to sing 💜

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