Wednesday, June 14, 2006
Singles Collection Episode 1: Well Mr. Jaws . . .
I'm starting to sort through my various boxes of singles and in doing so, I've realized how much I love listening to them all over again. As a result, I plan on posting a lot of different ones over the next few posts.
The first installment is one of my all time favorite records as a kid. Dickie Goodman's "Mr. Jaws". Long before "musicians" were taking parts of other people's records and adding their own lyrics to them, Dickie Goodman took that first step towards sampling, remixing, and symbolic juxtaposition. He was the first performer to use fragments of other people's hits to build his own chartbusters. Whether it was a Martian with Little Richard's voice, a President copping lyrics from an Alice Cooper track, or a shark with a taste for the Bee Gees, Goodman's "snippet" records became popular Top 40 radio movies. Along the way, he battled rival publishers, record producers, copycats and America's changing musical tastes to become one of the most successful and distinctive novelty acts in the rock era.