Friday, July 22, 2005
The Liverpool Scene: The Woo- Woo (RCA 47-9754)
The Liverpool Scene were sort of a satirical psychedelic group out of England during the late 60s. That may explain why this single is supposed to be a take-off of 50s rock 'n' roll, but the major problem is that the song turns out to be so hot that it takes off on its own and rises above its intentions. As we begin, we are told the story of Bobby and the Helmets, a British rock 'n' roll group who were killed along with 234 other people in 1957 under a flood of ice cream soda or something like that. This is under a barage of guitar, marching drums and screams. Then, it is announced that the group's greatest hit is about to be played: "It's the one you all know! It's the one you all love! It's called 'The Woo-Woo!" We are treated to blaring sax, thumping bass and crashing drums and we get a smokin' hot guitar solo before the announcer intones "Is it a new sort of indoor party game??" "NOOOOOO!!" "Is it a Woo-woo?!!!" "YEAHHH!!!" And the band stomps to a close to approving screams and chants of "We want more!" Spoof or not, this one's wild enough to stand on its own, so play it loud and let everyone think you're crazy for it.