Monthly Archives: August 2013

The Ran-Dells – Martian Hop

A gloriously fun novelty song from 1963 when the space age was all the rage. Simple but tricky (particularly with the doo-wop style backing vocals), it’s a very sweet and optimistic view of what would happen if we made contact … Continue reading

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Elvis – Don’t

My favourite Elvis song. A gospel doo-wop addressing the secular concern of convincing a woman to sleep with him. Which, given that this is Elvis in 1957 – and that he’s singing like that – makes the whole thing rather … Continue reading

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Fred Lane – I Talk To My Haircut

Big band swing filtered through the same sort of studied weirdness you might get with The Residents: Dada-ist lyrics and a push past the familiar. And although it’s a knowing, arty pastiche it works brilliantly as an authentic slice of … Continue reading

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