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Too Much Monkey Business – 38 Great Artists! - 60s (mostly) uncomped
October 13th, 2013
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Too Much Monkey Business – 38 Great Artists!
Monkey's back

“Too Much Monkey Business”, just as “I’m a Hog For You Baby” (take this for a warning!), has been one of my favorite songs since 1964 and has been a staple in the play-list of the various combos I played with. Hence, I couldn’t resist to do a monothematic collection, challenging you to cope with 38 versions in a row without getting seasick. My good pal Michael Zee from http://garagetapes.blogspot sent me half of the tracks compiled here. I admit my work is far from his awesome “The Louie Louie-Tapes-collection” (107 + 17 versions!), which made me discover that Louie Louie, more than a song, is actually a structure open to build individual versions upon, some with key-changes, some with different instrumentation, even with sitar (get’em, you won’t regret it!). What both songs have in common tho’ is the “experimentation” with the language. When the top-poet of RnR (Chuck, of course) penned this song of youth-rebellion, he probably didn’t image what he had sparked. Even though, except for Portugal’s Satins (tho’ the singer sounds Brit to me) I didn’t find any versions by francophone or Spanish-speaking artists (or from Asia, can you imagine?), although the German Bats or the Dutch Triffits perfectly prove you don’t have to worry about your language-skills as the rebellious message would get through anyway, even if some, like Masters Apprentices, morph it into a girl-put down-anthem (“…to much MB to be involved WITH YOU!”). So I hope dadaistic wording, off-key-language and even an odd version sung in the local dialect of Frankfurt (The King-Beats) will add fun to the Monkey Businesses.

CD #1
1/ Chuck Berry (US, MO)
2/ Casey Jones & Governors (UK)
3/ Jean Lundens Orkester (SWE)
4/ Beatles(UK)
5/ Kynd (SAF)
6/ Applejacks (UK)
7/ Rattles (D)
8/ Triffits (NL)
9/ Kinks (UK)
10/ Ad-Libs (D
11/ Four Degrees (UK)
12/ Master's Apprentices (OZ)
13/ Freddy Cannon (US, MA)
14/ Bitter End (NZ)
15/ Joe E. Carters Group (DK)
16/ Liverbirds (UK)
17/ Little Daddy & Bachelors (CAN)
18/ Russ Kennedy & Little Wheels (OZ)
19/Trappers (SWE)


CD #2
1/ Elvis Presley (US, TN)
2/ Wayne Fontana & Mindbenders (UK)
3/ Mascots (SWE)
4/ Hollies (UK)
5/ Showmen (OZ)
6/ Downliners Sect (UK)
7/ Rainbows (D)
8/ Scorpions (UK)
9/ Satins (PT)
10/ Yardbirds (UK)
11/ Shakers (SWE)
12/ Keith Powell & Valets (UK)
13/ German Blue Flames (D)
14/ Lions (DK)
15/ Bats (SAF)
16/ Cory Wells & Enemys (US, CA)
17/ Shouters (D)
18/ King-Beats (D)
19/ Routers (US, CA)


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Date:October 13th, 2013 04:44 pm (UTC)

Jonathan King

This should be fun, thanks! I've been amused for years by the fanciful lyrics enunciated by (mostly) British bands covering this tune, as they wrestle with the unfamiliar Americanisms it's rife with. I'm guessing this collection includes a bumper crop of bad guesses ... can't wait to hear it!
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Date:October 13th, 2013 05:24 pm (UTC)

Re: Jonathan King

you're right, Johnathan, some of the Brit bands' language-job actually ain't much better than the odd lyrics by their collegues from oversea... but wait 'till you hear the hilarious version by the Lions!
Thx for your feed-back!
Date:October 14th, 2013 06:45 pm (UTC)
Kind of like a battle of the bands, what you made here. Cool hearing the different styles/variations. I like the ones that are a little more unconventional and garagey, which I think are many of the lesser known bands, at least to me. Goes to show even the greats did their fair share of covers at some point.

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Date:October 15th, 2013 07:26 am (UTC)
.. so you managed to survive the 38 versions, and probably even liked the special treatment, huh? Tough! thnks for writing!
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