Saturday, July 30, 2011

Sixties Strange

Sponge-headed Scienceman has been doing some research into obscure songs from the 60's that have haunted him these many years, and his relief at discovering them. He's been writing about Barry and the Remains, Distant Cousins, and The Playmates. Can you beat it?

Well, I can get weirder. My HS band played "Hang On Sloopy," which we very creatively changed to "Hang on Central" - I'm sure no other school in the country thought of that trick. It's not that great a song, half-bubblegum, half garage band, but somehow it just caught the wave of the times and was covered by everyone - The Supremes, The Yardbirds, Jan & Dean - I mean, are we serious? The Ohio State University Marching Band played the song (it's pretty simple for the cheerleaders) and it has become the official rock song of the the state of Ohio. That, plus the terrible job Cleveland is doing with the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame would seem to disqualify the entire state from having anything to do with R&R.

OTOH, The Ventures, The Kingsmen, Bruce Springsteen, Ringo Starr, and the Ramsey Lewis Trio may know more than I do.

Sloopy went overseas and became big with foreign rock bands.

Like Lolita No. 18


Sponge-headed ScienceMan said...

Reportedly, playing this song over and over to prisoners at Guantanamo will replace water boarding. The Democratic Senate is preparing to draft legislation to prevent this torture - just as soon as they get finished torturing us with this debt ceiling thing.

Assistant Village Idiot said...

I recall that we actually did something like that to Norieaga in Panama, and the song was Nancy Sinatra's "Boots."