Thursday, June 28, 2012
Nursery Rhymes with the Teen Dance Beat of Today!
Great cover--dig the Mod Moppets. And too bad about the masking tape. (I didn't do it!) Year-wise, we know this Happy Time gem has got to be circa 1964-1967, but we're without any specific clues in terms of song titles. (Alley Cat was a hit in 1962, but those white go-go boots look post-1962). Myself, I go with 1965 or 1966, because of the dance types listed--frug, swim, jerk, etc. However, I don't know. There is, believe it or not, a Happy Time discography on line, but, being a work in progress, it contains no release years (yet). Pickwick was responsible for this label.
Incredibly fun tracks, all under-rehearsed but played with just the right light spirit. I originally featured this in 2006--this is a new rip. Back then, I assigned the album a year of 1966, but I don't remember how I came up with that. Consequently, I must stick with a guess of 1964-1967. But rest assured that scores of serious, dedicated Mod Moppets historians are working night and day on this vital issue. Stay tuned.
Again, highly enjoyable stuff, but even if it wasn't, you'd want to hear it just because of that superbly campy cover and the ingenious album concept. I've always wanted to type "superbly campy."
To the Moppets: Kiddie Au Go-Go
Alley Cat Dance
The Frug (Old MacDonald)
The Swim (Row, Row, Row Your Boat)
The Jerk (Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star)
The Shake (Farmer in the Dell)
The Monkey (On Top of Old Smokey)
Mexican Hat Dance
Watusi (A Tisket, A Tasket)
Cha Cha (Oh Dear, What Can the Matter Be)
Kiddie Au Go-Go--The Mod Moppets (Happy Time 1037)