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Nov 04, 2010: The greatest rockabilly songs penned after 1960

Because I was curious (so I asked on Twitter), and because you provided so many answers, and because I'm getting nowhere with writing this afternoon... Here they are, the top rockabilly songs written since 1960!

From the Twitter:

@resmini: If you want to go sophisticated, Stray Cat Strut. If you want to go rough, Rock This Town.

@resmini: I must admit I'm partial to Midnite Dynamos exotic flavors as well (http://ow.ly/33r7q). Oh, and Crazy Cavan. Most songs.

@jonesabi: Crazy Little Thing Called Love. Is there really a question? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zO6D_BAuYCI

@designbyblake: anything by Southern Culture On The Skids

@billder: Rock This Town, Stray Cats

@jonesabi: Second Place goes to Goody Two Shoes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27Tj-Xo_eqI

@gsmith: anything by Sha Na Na. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1NyK3df0xaw

@jonesabi: Admission: I'm likely biased by the utter glamorousness of Freddy Mercury and Adam Ant

@theredheadsaid: "wonderin" by Neil Young http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6a6A6oTFdcw

@brevvi: what about the Eddie Cochran's Summertime Blues?

@strottrot: Jimmy Jazz. Clash. !

@ilowelife: mojo & skid. Burn down the malls. Not pure rockabilly, but damn fine in any case

@GreggRugolo: Can Your Pussy Do The Dog?

@dennisbreen: All the songs on Bo-Day-Shus!! by Mojo Nixon & Skid Roper. Perhaps "I'm gonna dig up Howlin Wolf"?

@jddj: I like "Backdoor Dan" by Big Sandy and his Fly Rite Boys.

@jddj: Though "Backdoor Dan" is closer to jump with a little western swing thrown in, as I've heard it performed.

@kevinmhoffman: Robert Gordon/Danny Gatton (80s) Rev Horton Heat (90s) anything Eddie Angel has done (Planet Rockers) and later Dawson.

@kevinmhoffman: Oh you asked "song." Psychobilly Freakout comes to mind. Or Ronnie Dawsons "Home Cookin."

@gjhead: Jumpin' From 6 to 6 from Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys!

@gmcneely: @billder has it on the nose.

@MonkeyViking: Eight Piece Box by S.C.O.T.S. hands down.

And from Facebook:

Lenny Karle Zenith: ‎"Green Door", "Let's Have a Party"

Craig A. Summerhill: ‎1960 is an interesting cutoff, as arguably the best rockabilly came prior to 1960. Several major rockabilly artists, including Carl Perkins, Gene Vincent & Johnny Burnette worked after 1960, but had few significant offerings in said period. Roy Orbison was probably the most important rockabilly artist after 1960. So, I'll offer you a few, you decide:

  • [1a] Buddy Holly & The Crickets, "I Fought the Law" (1962) -- the original sound recording...
  • [1b] Bobby Fuller Four w/ Sonny Curtis, "I Fought the Law" (1966) -- the recording everyone knows (better)...
  • [2] Stray Cats, "Rock This Town" (1981) -- purists will hate it...
  • [3] Roy Orbison, "Working for the Man" (1962)
  • [4] Chris Isaak, "Dancin'" (1985) -- original recording from "Silvertone" LP not "Baja Sessions: re-recording (1996) & purists will probably hate it...
  • [5] Steve Earle, "Continental Trailways Blues" (1982)
  • [6] Dwight Yokum, "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" (1999)

I know from past experience that Craig, a fellow librarian, is an incredible researcher. But, um, wasn't Buddy Holly a bit dead by the time he was pumping out those 1962 recordings? And wasn't "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" written by Queen?

Speaking of which, "CLTCL" was the song that prompted the question (I paused from a run around Prospect Park to tweet it after the song came up on my iPhone's playlist). And it's the only one on the list I happen to know, aside from "I Fought the Law".

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