Thursday, December 14, 2017
Frank and Jack--beyond odd
Frank and Jack's 1956 novelty versions of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas and Jingle Bells fall into the so-bad-they're-fascinating category. Frank and Jack are trying to be Spike Jones, Dickie Goodman, and Wes Harrison all at once, and it does not work. Yet, somehow, this 45 cries out to be heard, simply because the makers put so much effort into being bad. Because they put so much time and care into constructing one of the What the...? novelties of all time.
I have no idea what I'm babbling about. Neither did these guys. Download without delay.
By the way, Billboard reviewed this on December 8, 1956 and concluded that the first side ('Twas) has "some funny moments" and that "many jocks will find it useful in the coming weeks." The same person dismissed Jingle Bells as "unfunny." I'd opt for "really, really dumb."
Maybe I dreamed this record. Download before I wake up....
Click here to hear: Frank and Jack
'Twas the Night Before Christmas, 1956
Jingle Bells, 1956