Sunday, October 19, 2014

A cry of terror, a honeymoon scream!

So many Creature from the Black Lagoon songs, so little time! Unfortunately I already used my all-time fave"Creature from the Black Leather Lagoon" by The Cramps, on a previous year's post, so that one won't be profiled this weekend. Its absence leaves space for another Creature classic, though, and this one is pure 70s magic.

Dave Edmunds' "Creature from the Black Lagoon" appeared on his 1979 album Repeat When Necessary, which came near the end of a stellar streak of albums made with his band Rockpile. Edmunds is a man after my own heart--he was heavily influenced by 50s and 60s rock & roll artists like Elvis, the Everly Brothers, and Phil Spector, but despite being Welsh, he never fell in with the British Invasion sound. Instead, he created multi-layered power pop with a rockabilly tinge. Many of his songs, like "I Hear You Knocking," "Slipping Away," and "Queen of Hearts" (which later became a mega-hit for Juice Newton) are 70s rock classics. 

Even after Dave Edmunds slowed down on recording his own albums, he continued to work behind the scenes with similarly-styled artists. He produced the Stray Cats' first album, the Everly Brothers' comeback, and k.d. lang's major label debut. Edmunds is still out there shake, rattle, and rolling, and just last year released his first new solo recordings in twenty years. Here he is during his classic period, though, singing a 50s-style song about a 50s-style monster looking for some 50s-style love.

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