“Got that rabbit on the run, chase that rabbit with my gun
No long-ear rabbit laugh at me (I’m here, mail-special! hehehe)
Got a great big rabbit-trap, long-ear rabbit don’t know that
The cotton-tale’s gonna change his habbit (I hates rabbits!)…”
Issued in 1988. on French label GMG, ”The Madness Invasion” three volumes compilation series is one of the best source of US late 50’s/early 60’s Trash Rock’n’Roll and novelty tunes next to ”Wavy Gravy” and “Big Itch” comps. Volume 2 is my favorite part of this series, with such ace trax as Surfin’ Bird-alike ”One Potato” by The Elite [band from ”Back From the Grave” vol.1], “Crazy Talk” by The Loafers, ”Ballad Of A Juvenile Delinquent” by Phil Johns & The Lonely Ones, killer “She’s A Bad Motorcycle” The Crestones, “Rumble Rock” by Kip Tyler, “I’m The Wolf Man” by Round Robin, hilariously mad “I Hates Rabbits” by Jerry Neal, “Wombie Zombie” by Billy Taylor & The Tear Drops, “Goodbye Baby” by The Roxsters… Also there are four cool instros as crazy “Roo-Buh-Doo-Buh-Doo” by The Statesmen, Bo Diddliesque “Boom Stix” by Curley & The Jades, real cool “Expressway” by the Crazy Crickets and mysterious “Like Weird” by Tommy Falcone & The Centuries that closes this great volume. The other vols of this series you can find in Rockabilly/Trash/R&B section of this blog. Now, this is A MUST alright! you gotta dig, dig, DIG!!!
“…The rabbit’s swimmin’ in the river
I’ll just wait ’cause I’m no swimmer
To catch a rabbit’s lots of plannin’
(Oh boy) (Man, what a champion) (I hates rabbits!)”
“One man’s garbage is another man’s gold”
”Or as the world’s greatest Rock’n’Roll band puts it, “Your Trash, My Treasure”. Here is a goldmine of garbage dug deep from the dump. Unwanted one-non-hit blunders from the bowels of the 50s & 60s. Put on your gloves, clamp a clothespin on your nose and prepare for a VISIT TO HECK!”
Yo peoples! Here are some real funny and sick shit for a change. Check out some stoopeed dance hits as Steve & The Holidays ”Unemployment”, ”Irving Gluck Twist” or suicide hit single Ralph Smedley’s Suffocate/Drown – ”You feel great when you suffocate, You lose weight when you suffocate…” Dig!!!
Three vols of mostly Belgian & French 60’s mod/freakbeat/exotica & trash extravaganza.
It’s a sin, you can’t go wrong, Dig!!!
“Kookie Cook, second only to Dean Carter as a rock screamer of no small dementia, was a drummer and played in local bands with Carter and Miller, before cutting a bizarre version of Roy Orbison’s Sun-era rocker Ooby Dooby in late 1965. The following year he returned to Midnite Sound to lay down a batch of self-penned material brimming with feverish excitement and reckless abandon, every song punctuated by thumping drums, piercing guitar and tortured screams. One listen to stupendous selections like Workin’ Man, Misery and the bloodcurdling Revenge should make a gibbering convert of any non-believer.”
And finally, after all these years of straight pop rock, comes a time to post some really wacko garage stuff. Sometimes in the mid 60’s KOOKIE COOK [as he was known to his friends & family :-)] takes a hostage at ‘‘The Midnite Sound” studio in Danville, Illinois, to record what [he was thinking] should-a-be a string of hits to shook the world. Well, if you have close relations with Dean Carter [studio owner and founder of Milky Way Records, famed for the crazy cover of “Jailhouse Rock”] everything’s possible right!…or maybe no.
Now seriously, this here is some real COOL & CRAZY [serial killer garage!] shit that reminds me on some of the wildest sides of Hasil Adkins & Dean Carter, so don’t be square ‘n dig! You’ll thank me later. And remember… Don’t Lie To Meeee!!! Dig!!!
“Measuring the songs in terms of their manic value, Kookie Cook’s “Revenge” has to be combing the lunatic fringe while his instrumental “Space Monster” is just a crazed jam punctuated by screams and alien voices. How everyone managed to get through the latter without bursting into hysterics or ending up in a straitjacket is forever lost in the mists of a very loopy time. And the way he beats the hell out of the eponymous instrument on closer “Drums” makes me question the common sense of anyone living in close proximity to the studio.”
Two 60’s novelty/lounge/horror slabs by arranger, and composer, Milton Delugg, best-remembered for score of the cult kiddie movie, ”Santa Claus Conquers the Martians”and his bandleading on Chuck Barris’ notorious game show, “The Gong Show.”
”At The Monster Ball” [as THE VAMPIRES] is in the R&B/Surf/Lounge instro style with funny horror dialogues [similar to Frankie Stein & His Ghouls
], while ”Music For Monsters…” is more in Lounge/Jazz/Film score mode.
Calling all Munsters… Dig!!!
Hot Rod/Surfin’ Horror novelty project produced by Gary Usher and Jim Economides.Dracula can’t surf !?! Dig!
Happy Surfadelic Halloween kiddos!
“Some people like to rock. Some people like to roll.
But me, I like to sit around to satisfy my soul.
I like my women short. I like my women tall.
And that’s about the only thing I really dig at all.”
“Hey Daddy-O! Don’t hand me one of that Kerouac and Ginsberg jive. That’s Drag-City! These are the sides I wanna hear. So what if they’re all a put on?! Big Deal. The whole Beat Generation was a put on right from the beginning anyway. Man, I’ll take Maynard G. over Jack K. any day. Or the Wild Man of Wildsville (Lord Buckley guesting on Beany & Cecil dig?!). Those cats know where life’s at. Get Hip. This is the real score, the platter that puts the beat back into beatnik. Endsville!” A crazy set of cool ’50s & ’60s rock & roll, free-garageish sounds, beatnik poetry, hip-jazz and a whole lotta wacky weirdness. A few familiar tracks plus lots of really hard-to-find stuff, compiled into a set of instant party mashers! Absolutely staggering array of sounds, from Herman Munster opening off reading “Beat” poetry to Lord Buckley providing the voice of “Go Man Van Go” as The Wild Man of Wildsville and lots and lots of hipness in between.”
“I belong to the beat generation.
I don’t let anything trouble my mind.
I belong to the beat generation.
And everything’s goin’ just fine.”
[Bob Mcfadden & Dor “The Beat Generation“]