Rock Your Baby - 24 Red Hot Rompers Chosen By Mark Lamarr Various Artists (Fun Time)


Ace Records
Catalogue Id:
CDCHD 1316

It’s an odd truism in music that the songs that last the longest aren’t the Grammy winners, or the Mull of Kintyres or the multi million-selling soundtracks, but the songs that are sung in the playground and passed down from generation to generation. Maybe things have changed since I was a loveable scamp, but certainly in the 70s I was gleefully singing songs about the various bells of London or mass death via the plague. Just as oddly, if I were somehow elevated a minimum of two inches higher than my classmates I would proudly declare them dirty rascals, despite the fact this hadn’t been an effective insult for over a century. Perhaps today a government department sponsored by an alcopop manufacturer gives credits according to which corporate-owned nastiness kids choose to jig about to, but I for one hanker after a more innocent time. Which is exactly where this album comes in.

I love my kids, really I do. Even when I think I don’t, deep down I know I do. I love my kids and I love my car and I love my music, so this album was put together for those infuriating long journeys and those infuriating short journeys, when Clive and Natasha are creating in the backseat. We all fancy a singalong but I’m not in the mood for the tweenies, but I am in the mood for a long list of names that almost rhyme with food, or songs about idiot amphibians or dance tunes about monkeys. This will keep us all entertained for a couple of hours, till the little poppets have worn themselves out and I can rest easy, safe in the knowledge that I’m a great dad, and that my kids are entirely fictional.

Which is a relief, as he doesn’t really look much like me and I’m not entirely sure if that’s how you spell her name. So here we go, a new musical curriculum for the young and the simple of mind.

By Mark Lamarr


Track listing


Side 1

  • 01 Preview Barnyard Boogie - Louis Jordan

  • 02 Preview The Boo Boo Song - Carlton King Coleman

  • 03 Preview Monkey Monkey (You Do It Like This) - Wayne Cochran

  • 04 Preview Jolly Green Giant - The Kingsmen

  • 05 Preview Nasty Dan - Johnny Cash

  • 06 Preview The Animal Song - King Perry

  • 07 Preview Olive Oyl - The Mixtures

  • 08 Preview Foolish Frog - Blind Blake & The Royal Victoria Hotel Calypsos

  • 09 Preview Tarzan - Sonny Day & The Rare Breed

  • 10 Preview The Mummy - Bob McFadden & Dor

  • 11 Preview Knock Knock (You Can't Come In) - The Carlisles

  • 12 Preview Oh That's Good, No That's Bad - Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs

  • 13 Preview The Greasy Chicken - Andre Williams

  • 14 Preview Scrooey Mooey - The Peels

  • 15 Preview Mexi Love Song - Rochee & The Sarnos

  • 16 Preview Ain't Got No Home - Clarence "Frogman" Henry

  • 17 Preview Jump Rope Boogie - Cliffie Stone

  • 18 Preview I Couldn't Spell !!*@! - Wayne Carson

  • 19 Preview The Naughty Little Flea - Lord Flea & His Calypsonians

  • 20 Preview Boppin' To Grandfather's Clock - Sidney Jo Lewis aka Hardrock Gunter

  • 21 Preview The Name Game - Shirley Ellis

  • 22 Preview Monkey Jive - Sheb Wooley

  • 23 Preview Everybody Eats When They Come To My House - Cab Calloway

  • 24 Preview Bread And Butter - The Newbeats

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