HYPNOMEN, THE: Altamont Boogaloo b/w Shake: 7” 45

NOTE: All my 7” reviews were done with the lights out this issue. WHAT I THOUGHT IN THE DARK: OH MY FUCKING GAWD IT’S AN INSTRUMENTAL COVER OF “LATIN SHAKE” BY LT. GARCIA’S MAGIC MUSIC BOX!!! IT’S FANTASTIC!!! IT’S AMAZING!!! IT’S FANTASTICALLY AMAZING!!! IT’S GENIUS IN OUR TIME!!! IT’S TIME IN OUR GENIUS!!! YOU’VE GOT YOUR CHOCOLATE IN MY PEANUT BUTTER!!! WELL YOU’VE GOT YOUR PEANUT BUTTER IN MY CHOCOLATE!!! (WHO IS THIS, CHESTNUT STATION? NAH, COULDN’T BE, THEY’D CRAP IT UP WITH VOCALS OR SOMETHING) THIS IS TRANS-STUPENDOUS!!! IT’S FAB!!! IT’S GEAR!!! IT’S MUNCH-O’S™!!! IT’S GOT ME THINKING IN ALL CAPS JUST LIKE LYDIA LUNCH!!! WHY HAS NO ONE THOUGHT OF THIS BEFORE??? I AM SAVED!!! SAAAAAAAAAVED!!! WHAT I THOUGHT WHEN THE LIGHTS CAME ON: HEEEEYYYY..! THIS isn’t an instrumental cover of “Latin Shake” by Lt. Garcia’s Magic Music Box! It’s a cover of REGULAR “Shake” by the Shadows of Knight! How could i be so misguided??? HOW I COULD, IN FACT, BE SO MISGUIDED: As you doubtless recall, “Shake” (key phrase: “got her eye on the drummer and the GIT-tar man”) was recorded by the Shadows of Knight during their stint on Buddah Records, the quintessential sixties bubblegum label. Being exactly That Kind Of Label, one of Buddah’s umpteen studio assemblages quickly followed up the initial “Shake” with a faux Latino takeoff/spinoff/knockoff that is, in fact, the aforementioned “Latin Shake” by the aforementioned Lt. Garcia’s Magic Music Box – essentially the same song, but with marginally more ethnocentric instrumentation, and dopey new lyrics about some guy named Jose. Many of the Hypnomen’s instrumental embellishments to original recipe “Shake” (shakers, percussion, et al) parallel those added in “Latin Shake,” so, all things being equal in the absence of lyrics, the instrumental “Shake” of the Hypnomen is actually quite “Latin Shake”-esque in form! Amazing, hey? BEST SONG: “Shake” BEST SONG TITLE: “Shake” FANTASTIC AMAZING TRIVIA FACT: Both “Shake” and “Latin Shake” were co-authored by Joey Levine, who sang lead on the original “Latin Shake,” as well as the Ohio Express’ “Yummy Yummy Yummy” “Chewy Chewy” and “Down at Lulu’s,” the Reunion Band’s “Life Is a Rock (But the Radio Rolled Me)” and the original version of the oft-covered “Quick Joey Small.” He also co-wrote “I Enjoy (Being a Boy)” by the Banana Splits (later covered by the Queers, as well as REM, oops, that was redundant). Levine also sang lead to original recipe “Shake” over the existing Shadows of Knight backing tracks, releasing same under the “Kasenetz Katz Super Circus” name. Thank you for asking.

 –norb (Gearhead)