Friday, October 30, 2009
Bill Doggett "Monster Party" (King)
Happy Halloween, everybody! I hope everybody has a great ghoulish time and doesn't overload on all the candy. And I just thought I'd check in with this appropriately-themed nugget from the ever-prolific Mr. Honky Tonk himself, Bill Doggett!
I'm going to take a guess here and say that this was one of Doggett's follow-ups to his massive 1956 hit "Honky Tonk." I know for sure that Doggett was with King from 1951 to 1960 after which he recorded for a slew of labels including Warner Brothers, Columbia, Roulette, ABC-Paramount and Sue. And while Doggett was best known as an organist, this particular recording follows a norm set by "Honky Tonk" in which the lead instruments are the sax and the guitar.
What we have here is a rollicking novelty instrumental with a Halloween theme. I believe this might have also been released as "That's Enough, Lock 'Em Up," which is how this record ends with all the monsters being rounded up and presumably taken to the pokey. In the interim, you get such wordplay as "Who's there? Your man, Rodan!" and "Frankenstein! Where's the wine!" So don't think too much about it and just join the party where you're likely to have as good a time as any.