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Date Bait

  • 1. 99 Chicks - Ron Haydock
    2. Slippin and Slidin
    3. Flying Fish, The
    4. Date Bait Baby - Reggie Perkins
    5. Four Tired Car - Rudy Preston
    6. You're the One That Done It - Thomas Wayne
    7. Dance Everybody - Jack King
    8. 20 Dollar Bills - Jimmy Patrick
    9. (I've Got a Girl Named) Dee - Paul Perry
    10. This Just Can't Be Puppy Love - Howard Mayberry
    11. Saturday Ball
    12. Baggie Maggie
    13. Pretty Moon - Don Winters
    14. Slip, Slip, Slippin' In - Lou Millet
    15. Rock and Roll Tonight - Vic Thomas
    16. Baby What Am I Gonna Do
    17. I'll Keep Lovin' You
    18. Hokey Pokey Rock
    19. Shorty the Barber - Lou Millet
    20. Step It up and Go - Bob Dingus
    21. Bevy Mae
    22. Date Bait - Jerry Clayton
    23. Stick Around
    24. Love You 'Cause I Love You
    25. Left Behind - LaVerne Stovall
    26. There's Gonna Be Rockin' Tonight
    27. Never Anymore - Bob Davies
    28. She's Gone from Me
    29. There's the Blues - Larry Good
    30. Disc Jockey Fever
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 55028

  • Credits

    The 30 songs here represent decent, if not exceptional, rockabilly. The one exception is rock & roller turned horror movie writer Ron Haydock, whose "99 Chicks" borrows its guitar break from "Rock Around the Clock" at a tempo about twice as fast. What's surprising is that the producers follow it with Tennessee Thompson's "Slippin' & Slidin'," a forgettable single that is predictable in every nuance (his "Saturday Ball" is raunchier, louder and overall superior). Most of the rest is competent if not exactly inspired. Reggie Perkins' "Four Tired Car" would be a waste of time if not for a screaming guitar break that is a little too short to save the song but does make things interesting for a little while. Thomas Wayne's "You're the One that Done It" grinds along hard and heavy, but the break is a little too dullish to really bring the song to life. If Jimmy Patrick's voice were a little more expressive, his "20 Dollar Bill" might've come off as a piece of classic rockabilly. Paul Perry's "(I've Got a Girl Named) Dee" is, similarly, a little too tame in its tempo to make a first-rate single. Howard Mayberry's "This Just Can't Be Puppy Love" has the pace and the sound right, and is one of the tracks that makes this collection of slightly more than just historical interest. Henry Henry isn't much of a singer, but "Baggie Maggie" is such a ridiculous song that it's worth hearing on that basis, and for the heavy rocking sound of his band. For a change, some of the sources here betray some limitations in Buffalo Bop's production -- Lou Millet's "Slip, Slip, Slippin' In," on Republic Records, almost certainly is taken off of vinyl. Vic Thomas's "Rock and Roll Tonight" is more of a country novelty tune (right down to its fiddle break), exploiting the next music rather than a real rock & roll single. B. Goode's "Hokey Pokey Rock" is the song its title suggests, rocked up with a sax break. Bob Dingus' "Step It Up and Go" is the most backwoods-sounding track on any of the Buffalo Bop collections of this era -- a slow number with a western-style guitar break. And Bobby Smith's "Bevy Mae" and "She's Gone from Me" are sort of a crying shame, because they come close to the kind of smooth, perfectly timed and engagingly sung rockabilly that could've caught on. ~ Bruce Eder

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