Tuesday, June 16, 2009

ROCK Sex: The Shangri-Las> The Damned> Joe Jackson

ROCK Sex is about how culture cavorts and entangles. Here's an example of how a single line can pull together unusual bedfellows.

THE SHANGRI-LAS
recorded the biker love anthem "Leader of the Pack", which opened with the line "Is she really going out with him?"...

THE SHANGRI-LAS -"LEADER OF THE PACK" (1965)



Perversely, in the very first recorded british Punk single "New Rose", THE DAMNED opened with the same line...

THE DAMNED -"NEW ROSE" (1976)



Shortly after, british tunesmith JOE JACKSON turned the phrase into a huge pop hit...

JOE JACKSON -"IS SHE REALLY GOING OUT WITH HIM?" (1979)



One big circle going round and round...

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