Monday, December 10, 2007


Woo-hoo, Frat Rock. It's one of those music categories that is, one the one hand, just soooo accurate, while, on the other, it can be frustratingly broad. You can find the same bands and even the same songs listed in several different rock and pop genres; I guess it all depends on who's making the list. But generally, most people agree that Frat Rock is fast and furious, raw and raunchy, the forerunner of garage and punk, and the original you ain't makin' it to class in the morning rock and roll. As you might expect, Frat Rock takes its name from the party bands that played at '60s fraternity parties. At this point I have to tell you that I went to my share of frat parties back in my day, and while you wouldn't have called them conservative or sedate, there never was any live music. But there was always a good selection of records, so everyone managed very nicely. The following is my list (in no particular order) of standout Frat Rock numbers that I partied to.

"Gimme Gimme Good Lovin'" Crazy Elephant

"Let It All Hang Out" The Hombres

"Dirty Water" The Standells

"96 Tears" ? and The Mysterians

"Keep On Dancing" The Gentrys

"Hey Little Girl" The Syndicate of Sound

"Open Up Your Door" Richard and the Young Lions

"Farmer John" The Premiers

"Nobody But Me" The Human Beinz

"Time Won't Let Me" The Outsiders

"Louie Louie" The Kingsmen

"Hang On Sloopy" The McCoys

"Little Bit o' Soul" Music Explosion

And of course, just about anything by Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels


Quiet Paths said...

I am learning so much! I even know two of these tunes from my brother's collections way back. Now back to reading more...

Deb said...

Then there's that other staple of the frat party - garbage can punch. I don't remember it from any parties I went to (honest!) maybe it was just an urban legend. Nah, I bet it was true. The ingredients were simple - everyone who came to the party brought a big bottle of mix (any kind) and a mickey of booze (any kind) and upon arrival, emptied them both into a galvanized garbage can. Then for the rest of the night, that was what everyone drank, regardless of how bad (undoubtedly) it tasted. Ask your bro about that!

Quiet Paths said...

I never heard of him mentioning that; he graduated in 1970. I think he was already doing the hippie thing....