When I tell people what I do for a living (that is, share my collection of comics-related music with the world) they always say, “Hey, what about Alley Oop?” Yeah, it’s kind of the most obvious comics-oriented record and probably the biggest comics-related hit next to “Sugar Sugar” (which I presented way back on February 5th.
Of course, Alley Oop the comic strip, ran for years and years.
The original version of the song by the Hollywood Argyles (actually Gary Paxton, of “Monster Mash” fame) has been played to death. There were two more versions in the charts at the same time, one by Dante and the Evergreens and another by the Dyna-Sores (ouch). But this nifty recording is by the Royal Guardsmen, known primarily for “Snoopy and the Red Baron,” a different (but equally great) comic strip song. So there are actually TWO comics connections this week. How about that?
As I’ve said many times â€“ to anyone who’ll listen â€“ this song includes my all-time favorite lyric in all of rock and/or roll: “He’s a mean motor scooter and a bad go-getter.” I think that says it all.
To check out this prehistoric gem, click on the bar below…
Be here next week, same bat-time, same bat-channelâ€¦
— C. Yoe (in the funny papers)