Monday, October 13, 2008

Ice Cold - Buffalo Bop - Teen Age Machine Age!

Ice Cold is not ice cold-it's red hot baby! I found a lot of tracks
to fall in love with this week; Teen Age Machine Age, Bermuda Shorts,
Gee Whiz!, Miss Secretary, Pajama Party, Walkie Talkie, and yet
another cover of Mule Skinner Blues. Now that should date this
volume to songs about as new as 1960 or so. Because that's when
that terrific hit-out-of-nowhere came out by The Fendermen.
The Fendermen were a pop rockabilly duo in the early 1960s.
Primarily composed of Jim Sundquist (from
and Phil Humphrey(from Stoughton,near Madison WI.)
The group had one big hit record with Mule Skinner Blues released
in 1960 on the Cuca Records Label out of Sauk City,Wisconsin.
The song was a number #3 on the Billboard Charts,so then came a
slew of covers, trying to exploit the hit...but no one really did it as well
as The Fendermen, man! (The Cramps do the best cover version in
my humble opinion, no one can yodel like Lux)


Siggy said...

tanx for sharing - "Good Morning captain, Goo Morning To You" - Mule Skinner Blues, one great track. I have never heard the Cramps version. I mentioned DeeJay Records in my Hasil Adkins comment. Well, one of their earliest releases (55020) is titled Mule Skinner Blues by the Fendermen.

The Hound said...

the Fenderman itself was a cover...Jimmie Rodgers did the original, the Maddox Bros & Rose did a great version in '51...

garage 66 & mojo repair shop said...

Hound; No it's not the original version of the song,but they made it a huge hit record. And that only helped Jimmie Rodgers get noticed.