Well, it's been a month or so since I posted anything, so here's another all-time fave. I played this thing to death when I first got my copy and it's received multiple plays around here ever since. (Gee, I may have to look for another copy before this one wears out!) That may not be the most original way to open a post, but I can't help it, this record has warranted that strong a reaction.
The record? "She's A Bad Motorcycle" by The Crestones. As per usual, I couldn't dig up too much on the group, other than that this originally appeared in 1963 and that the group has one other single, "The Chopper" on the USA label from 1965. They may not even be by the same group, but I make no claims of being an authority. If anyone out there has the scoop on the group, please make your presence known. Spill the beans, in other words.
1963 was also the year of The Trashmen's classic trash rocker "Surfin' Bird" and this record has a lot in common with that one in terms of pure energy. It's lacking Steve Warner's snarling "AHWELLEVERYBODY'SHEARDABOUT THE BIRD" vocalizing, but it's not without its super speed and full-throttle abandon. It's also got a healthy dose of wild guitar playing, particularly in a frenzied guitar break that occurs midway through the song.
It starts off with the roar of a motorcycle (what else?) and then shifts into overdrive, flooring the pedal to the metal as a tale of the singer's baby's motorcycle is spun. "She's got a real wild machine, man, it's outta-sight! She goes VROOM-BA-BA-BA-BA-BA-BA, VROOM-BA-BA-BA-BA-BA-BA, motorcycle!" We'll get a couple more of those "VROOM-BA-BA-BA-BA's" before the fade where the singer announces that she's runnin' nitro, and the band blazes on and the motorcycle rides away. It's a great record any way you look at it.