First off: I’m the guest conductor for the merry, merry month of May. Normally, the guest conductor inserts the Linky somewhere on his or her page, but I can’t do that, because WordPress wants all kinds of money from me to do just that. So, if you decided to join us (and Lord knows we would LOVE to have you join us), write your post including at least one song (or Cathy will deal with you) and either go here and add all the important stuff they ask you for, or visit Cathy, Alana, Stacy, or Sandee, all of whom have the Linky embedded in their MMMM post, and drop it in there. OK? OK!
Also want to give a shoutout to our head conductor Marie, aka Xmas Dolly, who has been ailing. Get well soon, Marie. Things just ain’t the same without you.
Enough of all that…
The theme I chose for today was "songs about cars and racing, because of the Indy 500." I have a list of songs I normally choose for that topic, and I realized that that’s kind of boring. Anyway, as I was looking at my options, I found an album by The Rip Chords called Three Window Coupe and said, "hey, why not?" First, from the Wikipedia article:
The Rip Chords were an early-1960s American vocal group, originally known as the Opposites, composed of Phil Stewart and Ernie Bringas. The group eventually expanded into four primary voices, adding Columbia producer Terry Melcher and co-producer Bruce Johnston (best known as a member of the Beach Boys). This group came to be associated with the hot-rod and surf genres of that day, although their first single ("Here I Stand") did not reflect those styles. They recorded for Columbia Records in Hollywood from 1962 to 1965. The group placed five singles on the Billboard Hot 100. They are best known for their number-four single: "Hey Little Cobra".
Three Window Coupe was released in September 1964. It originally had twelve tracks, so apparently three bonus tracks were added. Five of the fifteen songs are under two minutes, with the longest being 2:38. A few of the songs are more surfing and beach songs, but really, the whole Southern California culture revolved around the car. Music is provided by the famed session musicians The Wrecking Crew.
- “Three Window Coupe”
- “Bonneville Bonnie”
- “Gas Money”
- “This Little Woodie”
- “Hot Rod U.S.A.”
- “Old Car Made In ’52”
- “Surfin’ Craze”
- “Beach Girl”
- “My Big Gun Board”
- “Surf City”
- “Summer U.S.A.”
- “Big Wednesday”
- “One-Piece Topless Bathing Suit”
- “Red Hot Roadster”
Hope you’ve enjoyed the music of The Rip Chords. That’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for May 16, 2022.