Monday, October 11, 2004

Oldies but dirties

Okay, so if you've ever listened to "Under the Boardwalk," you'll understand the above title. Every time I crack into my Time/Life oldies collection, I discover anew the reasons why so many felt that rock n' roll was evil. Of course, "to the pure all things are pure," and it really requires someone as devllish as myself to accurately pinpoint all of the innuendo. (However, in some songs it's just blatant---Under the Boardwalk is basically a song lyrically describing hanky-panky where? You guessed it: under the boardwalk, which brings to my obsessive mind concerns about sand in one's swimming trunks, chafing, or at the very least the presence of various aquatic animalia looking on.)
And if that's not just . . . well, weird, I should mention that Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, and numerous others weren't talking as much about the social revolution of the rising generation as they were serenading for sex. Scandalous? Oh yeah. So word to the wise, you impressionable youth out there. :)

From the original public menace to you . . .

11 comments:

  1. Haha...I totally hear you there! On that note, in many religions (for example Hinduism), most of the Gods participated in extremely active sexual lives with a variety of partners and positions and in a variety of places...yet, premartial sex amongst hindus is a big no-no. It's funny how humans can be such hypocrties. On one hand they ask us to pray to and follow the Gods, on the other hand they choose to ignore such blatantly obvious characteristics of the Gods.

    But yeah, Retro rocks!!

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  2. The reason that MOST people thought that rock 'n' roll was evil at that time was not so much the nature of the lyrics as it was to the nature of its roots - it was derived from R&B (read: "jungle music"). It was the prejudice of the time that scared the Cleavers. They didn't want Wally & the Beav to turn black on them (or at least what they perceived as "Black behavior).

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  3. Ah, duly noted and recognized. Still, my religious roots tell me that it was not all racism that promoted the anti-rock protests. My prudish side shudders, if only because I thought oldies were "bubble gum," and have come to realize they're edible undies.

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  4. Oh, and props to Sabi for crediting rock! Of course, as a self-declared "old soul" I don't think of them as RETRO. The part of me that wears a leather jacket and blue jeans, cruises the main drag of a small town on my hog, and chases girls in poodle skirts nostalgically revisits a past that never was when I listen in . . .

    And as for hypocrisy, I can only say its most pernicious work was to destroy man's faith in religious activisim, a belief in a higher being, etc.

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  5. Oh, and can I just say, as I'm listening, that 1957 was an awesome musical year! You've got Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On by Jerry Lee Lewis, Come Go with Me from the Dell-Vikings, At the Hop, Little Bitty Pretty One, Great Balls of Fire, Little Darlin', and so on . . . So I'm a cheese head, a big cheese, el gran queso . . . I have no shame in my cheese!

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  6. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! edible underwear! oh, taylor, you BRILLIANT little troglodyte.

    i am a total sucker for oldies... i grew up listening to them while my mom rode on her stationary bike and i played my little ponies. as i've grown older, i've realized how totally dirty some of them are. touching on a song a bit later than 1957, the grassroots' hit "live for today" was, and still is, one of my favorite songs. hmmmmmmm. and stretching the scope, there were some pretty dirty movies out there too. check out some of the elvis movies out there. raaacy stuff! those were the days.

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  7. I concur Brenda! I remember the times when my mom would be watching dirty dancing for the nth time, and I'd be sneaking in to catch glimpses of the movie (she apparently considered it to be an *adult* movie! HA!).....*sigh* those were the days! My favourite song in that movie was "I've had the time of my life", and seriously, the video of that song is nothing less than racy!

    P.S.: Now you guys are making me feel old. *tunes back to being 21* :p

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  8. Well, I suppose there really never was an age of innocence, except for select individuals. Thankfully, one can vie for a personal renaissance of one's own. Here's to another pair of virgin lips!!!

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  9. Redman, the reason that 1957 was such a great year for rock'n'roll oldies is because it was really only the second year that it was truly slipping into the mainstream. Most major labels still considered it a "flash-in-the-pan" (RCA Victor and Mercury Records were exceptions with Elvis and the Del-Vikings). But in other words, rock music was still controlled by smaller labels who didn't hemogenize the product. That didn't come until about 1960, when larger labels started smelling the scent of profits and began to sign and market "teen idols". That's largely where the bubble gum came from.

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  10. Ah, thank you, Jeff. I'm glad someone is in the know 'round here. I, on the other hand, am more accustomed to vagaries and assorted nonsense. I rarely can offer facts as explanations for my feelings, let alone for my platforms.

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  11. Hmmm... sounds like my blog, but then I guess that you already know that. hehe

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