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1. She's a Bad Motorcycle - The Crestones
2. Lobo Jones - Jackie Gotroe
3. Drag Strip Baby
4. What's on Your Mind
6. Be My Baby
7. Grizzly Bear - Bill Starr
8. Your Just That Kind
9. I Got That Queen
10. Johnny Valentine - Andy Anderson
11. She's Mine - Paul Huffman
12. You Don't Bug Me - Terry Daly
13. Battle of the Duals - Dennis Penna
14. What a Dolly - Red Berry
15. Come Back Baby
16. You're Gone, Again - Don Epperson
17. Motorcycle - Tico & the Triumphs
18. Cindy Lee - The Starlighters
19. Shot Rod - Conny & The Bellhops
20. Sunglasses After Dark - Dwight Pullen
21. Runnin' and Chasin' - Darrell Rhodes
22. Aw C'mon Baby - Myron Lee
24. Nitespot Rock
25. Live and Learn
27. Somebody's Been Rocking My Boat
28. Homecide - Myron Lee
29. Teenage Bug - Dwight Pullen
30. Motorcycle Mike - Dave Day
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 55008
MOTORCYCLE GANG is a rockabilly compilation.
Performers include: The Crestones, Jackie Gotroe, Johnny Roane, Shelby Smith, Kenny Loren, David Orrell, Bill Starr, Little Montie Jones, Arnold Blevins, Andy Anderson, Paul Huffman, Terry Daly, Dennis Penna, Red Berry, Chuck Bene, Don Epperson, Tico & The Triumphs, The Starlighters, Conny & The Bellhops, Dwight Pullen, Darrell Rhodes, Myron Lee, Glen Walp, Bill Pollard, Jery Jowers, Lee McBridge, Norman Witcher, Myron Lee, Dave Day, Tommy Pedigo.
The central theme here was apparently at some point motorcycle songs, although only about half of the 31 songs here ended up being motorcycle songs. Those tracks alone, however, make this collection very unusual to start with. And the lineup of songs and players includes a name that was to become famous a few years later -- Paul Simon in his Brill Building period working under the moniker Tico & the Triumphs, doing "Motorcycle," and an original credited to J. Landis. The music almost all moves like nobody's business; Kenny Loren's "Brenda," David Orrell's "Be My Baby," Bill Starr's "Grizzly Bear," Little Montie Jones' "Your Just That Kind" (a hillbilly-type number), Terry Daly's screaming "You Don't Bug Me" -- even though they don't have anything to do with motorcycles -- fit okay. Dennis Pena's "Battle of the Duals" returns us to the central theme in top form, with a great beat, strong guitar playing, and clever lyrics; this could've been the prototype for the Beach Boys' "409." As for "Motorcycle," Paul Simon sings it like a real punk, and despite the use of a publicity photo that seems to be for Tom and Jerry, Art Garfunkel is not on this record. The instrumental "Short Rod" by Connie & the Bellhops is more impressive in some ways, and Dwight Pullen's "Sunglasses After Dark" is also more memorable. Darrell Rhodes' "Runnin' and Chasin" is a fair variation on "Slippin' & Slidin'," and Bill Pollard's "Nitespot Rock" could've given Jerry Lee Lewis a run for his money if it had been on a bigger label than Ozark. Lee McBridge's "Confusion" has an intro almost too close to Carl Perkins' "Honey Don't" for its own good, and that's its most effective element; Norman Witcher's "Somebody's Been Rockin' My Boat" is fresher with its mix of guitar and sax. Myron Lee's "Homecide" (sic) with its shrieking sax is less attractive, and is a downright weird song. But most of what's here is attractive and certainly a revelation to anyone not lucky enough to have tried collecting every rock & roll single under the sun. ~ Bruce Eder
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