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June 01, 2009



These are truly pathetic, all three of them, but at least they provide comic value. Nice Dorsey-style sax solo in "Keep a Knockin," matching nicely with those martial drums. The dramatic incorrect chording in "Wake Up Little Suzie" is utterly bizarre. Give me the Jalopy Five or Fred X. Brown any day.

Colin The Culture Hunter

Bob- You have made my day- Have just giggled all the way through the "Wake up Little Suzie"- astounding!

Id sure be delighted with you pumping me? WTF?

Its these sorts of posts that just make the day go with a swing!


I always thought "Jailhouse Rock" had a certain understated, er, flamboyance to it. The lyric change in this version brings it to the forefront once and for all.

Gaylord Fields

Thanks, Bob -- and wow! Hearing that mis-sung line in "Jailhouse Rock" evoked a loud chortle out of me that must have disturbed my workmates. Too bad i can't explain the cause.

The Unknown Jailhouse Rocker is only making explicit what Elvis so coyly alluded to in the original. (I've always marveled that Leiber & Stoller got away with the whole "Number 47 said to Number 3" scenario in the first place.)


I have one of the HIT albums from c. 1968. The anonymous band's version of "Lady Madonna" had a sort of Alex Chilton feel to it, but the guy who pushed "Valleri" through his nose in a fake Davy Jones accent should've been beaten like the dog that he was. It was also a "limited addition" album, which meant that either their proofer couldn't read or they were shockingly realistic about their potential sales. I wouldn't part with it for anything.

Let's not forget there was a thriving knock-off "tribute" artist trade in the 8-track rack-jobber era, where the "as performed by" credit was sometimes carefully hidden by the packaging.

Tops in Pops

I have a few dozen of these myself.The Song Hits/Hit Parader ones, Gilmar,EP 4,and a few other real obscure ones,mostly from 1955-64, which seem to be the heyday of such records.I also have a handful of sub-low budget (Cheaper than Pickwick,cheaper than these 8-tracks.) Lps from the 70s,that I think were issued on generic labels.

Like Lou Reed and John Cale at Pickwick,and a pre McCoys Rick Derringer doing a low budget Beatles knockoff for Diplomat/ Synthetic Plastics,there have got to be people who later became famous who did these records.One of the few that has positively been identified is none other than Ol' Possum himself.

I have the Tops EP with "Blue Suede Shoes",and "Heartbreak Hotel" on a 78,and as you can hear,HH is particularly easy to identify as Jones.


Why does the Tops in Pops cover look like the cover from a pulp fiction novel about trashy women? It doesn't hint at the musical joy inside.

Jonathan Steinke

It takes a LOT for me to call someone's singing vapid but, trust me, these songs had it coming.

Murray Van Creme

The guitar lick in "Wake Up Little Suzie" sounds like someone screwing around with the pitch control on a turntable. Very odd.


I sure would be delighted with you... REALLY? How the hell did that not get that budget record pulled from shelves? I suppose with no internet to focus parental wrath, it was more difficult than it is today.


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