Tuesday, August 30, 2005
Joe Dodo and The Groovers: Groovy /Goin' Steady(RCA Victor 47-7207)
If you can picture this 45 being played at a go-go club with a well-endowed stripper shaking her gifts of nature, you ain't too far off. If it sounds like it could've been comped on one of the "Las Vegas Grind" series, that's because it is. (See www.cryptrecords.com for more info.) So why am I reviewing it? Because it's so delectably cheesy and fun.
It's weird seeing this on a major label, but it's true. This 1958 release opens with a piano intro that suggests Floyd Cramer, but soon something a bit more demented kicks in. A twangy guitar and a slow, but kickin' beat come in and then we get a sleazy sax riff that David Rose could've had in mind when he wrote "The Stripper," before a heavy female moan comes in and a low-down voice intones "Groovy!" Repeat sleazy sax riff, repeat heavy moan, repeat "Groovy!"
Then we get this chorus that goes "Groovy, groovy, groovy, groovy, groovy, groovy, groovy, groovy, groovy!" followed by another blast of sleazy sax. Then, the chorus repeats the groovies, followed by another sax bit and then a female voice sexually growls, "Groovy!" Then we go back to the sleazy sax riff and, well, you can guess the rest. There's also a blastin' sax solo to bridge things a bit.
Judging by the title, "Goin' Steady" sounds like it might be some ballad. But, no, it's another piece of weird rockin' dementia a la "Groovy." This time, it's got "Goin' Steady" repeated in goofy male vocals and chipmunky female vocals, plus a bit of "Baby, baby, babe, I'm goin' steady with you!" All of that is accenuated by similar guitar, sax, piano and drum mayhem, except that this time, it's opened up by a snazzy bass line.
Here come those words again: demented, sleazy, trashy, crazy, wild....but adjectives alone aren't enough to describe this thing. You'll just have to hear it for yourself, and realize just how lame the times we live in truly are.