Review: “The Goo Goo Muck,” by Ronnie Cook and the Gaylads


TRACK 15

“The Goo Goo Muck,” by Ronnie Cook and the Gaylads

from Keb Darge & Little Edith’s Legendary Wild Rockers: A Collection of Rare Rockabilly, Surf and Exotica (BBE)

Liner notes: “I cruise through the city and I roam the streets/Lookin’ for something that is nice to eat,” purrs Ronnie Cook over a sleazy sax groove on this 1962 obscurity out of Bakersfield, California. The song was memorably covered by psychobilly greats The Cramps on their 1981 album, Psychedelic Jungle.

Behind the music: Scottish DJ Keb Darge played a pivotal role in establishing Britain’s northern soul club scene, which celebrates obscure US R&B. Following his compilations of funk and jump blues, this boisterous 20-track set also features The Reekers‘ “Don’t Call Me Flyface” and “King Kong,” by Tarantula Ghoul and Her Gravediggers.

Check it out if you like: Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent, Link Wray, and other early rock mavericks.

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