Golden Age of American Rock 'n' Roll: Special Novelty Edition

Golden Age of American Rock 'n' Roll: Special Novelty Edition


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Name any big rock & roll novelty hit from the mid-'50s to the mid-'60s, the sillier the better, and the odds are it's on this 30-song compilation. As just a sample of the big hits here, this has the Ran-Dells' "Martian Hop"; Sheb Wooley's "The Purple People Eater"; David Seville's "Witch Doctor"; the Playmates' "Beep Beep"; Barry Mann's "Who Put the Bomp (In the Bomp Bomp Bomp)"; Gene Simmons' "Haunted House"; the Detergents' "Leader of the Pack" satire "Leader of the Laundromat" (probably the funniest thing here); and, closing the disc, Napoleon XIV's legendarily grating "They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haa!" Naturally, some of the big hits included weren't as funny as they were popular, like Larry Verne's "Mr. Custer," Brian Hyland's "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini," Ray Stevens' "Ahab the Arab," and Buzz Clifford's "Baby Sittin' Boogie." Those are necessary to get a full view of the range of early rock & roll novelty hits, though, and as compensation there are quite a few semi-forgotten amusing small novelty hits, like Murry Kellum's "Long Tall Texan" (covered soon afterward by the Beach Boys), Jimmy Cross' tasteless death rock satire "I Want My Baby Back," Stan Freberg's "The Old Payola Roll Blues," and Spencer & Spencer's "Russian Band Stand" (a simulation of how American Bandstand might have been conducted in the former Soviet Union). As grounds for mild criticism, "Transfusion" would have made a better Nervous Norvus cut than "Ape Call," and the version of "Alley-Oop" is not the number one hit version by the Hollywood Argyles, but the (admittedly far rarer) one by the Dyna-Sores, which made it up to a mere number 59. But overall it's the most in-depth collection of the genre ever produced, accompanied by a 32-page booklet of detailed liner notes.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/25/2003
Label: Ace Records Uk
UPC: 0029667198028
catalogNumber: 980
Rank: 29281


  1. Martian Hop
  2. Mr. Bass Man
  3. I Want My Baby Back
  4. Baby Sittin' Boogie
  5. Yogi
  6. Ape Call
  7. Delicious!
  8. Long Tall Texan
  9. Mr. Custer
  10. The Purple People Eater
  11. The Flying Saucer, Pt. 1
  12. Rip Van Winkle
  13. Witch Doctor
  14. Russian Band Stand
  15. Beep Beep
  16. More Money for You and Me Medley: Mr. Blue/Alley Oop/Smoke Gets in ...
  17. The Mummy
  18. The Blob
  19. The Little Space Girl
  20. Kookie, Kookie (Lend Me Your Comb)
  21. Itsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini
  22. Who Put the Bomp (In the Bomp Bomp Bomp)
  23. Psycho
  24. Ahab the Arab
  25. Haunted House
  26. Alley-Oop
  27. The Old Payola Roll Blues
  28. Ambrose, Pt. 5
  29. Leader of the Laundromat
  30. They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haa!

Album Credits

Technical Credits

Stan Freberg   Composer
Sheb Wooley   Composer
Ray Stevens   Composer
Clyde McPhatter   Composer
Gene Roland   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Gerry Goffin   Composer
Dickie Goodman   Composer
Barry Mann   Composer
Johnny Cymbal   Composer
Rod McKuen   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Ross Bagdasarian   Composer
Bruce Belland   Composer
Perry Botkin   Composer
DeLory   Composer
Mort Garson   Composer
Dave Guard   Arranger
Otto Harbach   Composer
Buddy Kaye   Composer
Charles Koppelman   Composer
Jerry Samuels   Composer
Henry Strzelecki   Composer
Paul Vance   Composer
Gil Garfield   Composer
Jimmy Oliver   Composer
Lee Pockriss   Composer
Robert Rappaport   Composer
Steve Rappaport   Composer
Ray Sanchez   Composer
John Spirt   Composer
Jesse Lee Turner   Composer
Rob Finnis   Annotation
Phil Smee   Cover Art
Mack David   Composer
Lou Stallman   Composer
Irving Taylor   Composer
DeWayne Blackwell   Composer
Jacque Cascales   Composer
Carl Cicchetti   Composer
Donald Claps   Composer
Fred Darian   Composer
Robert Geddins   Composer
Glen A. Larson   Composer
Sid Jacobson   Composer
Tom Galzer   Arranger
Wes McWain   Composer
Dennis Frazier   Composer
Lou Sprung   Composer
Johnny Parker   Composer

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