The Folkel Minority – Freeze a Yankee and Muddy Buddy (Folksee Records, 1978)

Josh bought me this record in Nashville, and I totally love it. Thanks, Josh! Its really funny and from what I can tell, Freeze a Yankee made it to the top of the Dallas radio charts for a few weeks. It’s definitely centered on the energy crisis on the 1970s but I think it is surprisingly relevant today as well. Side One is “A Texas Solution to the Energy Crisis – Freeze A Yankee”

“Freeze A Yankee,
drive 75 and freeze them alive
Freeze a Yankee,
Let your thermostat rise and give them a surprise.

Cram them Yankee’s in little bitty cars
While we drive around in limousines.
There ain’t nothing in the world any more fun,
Then pumpin’ gas in those big Machines.

Us Texan’s love our Cadillac’s,
Big Continental’s and Pontiac’s.
We’re gonna keep all the gas we can make
And let them Yankee’s shiver and shake.”

Freeze A Yankee

Side 2 is “A Tribute to the Trinity, or Muddy Buddy, or Oozin’ Down the River.” Anyone in Dallas can tell you that the Trinity STINKS, on a good day it smells like a fart and on a bad day it smells like 10,000 rotting corpses.

“There’s lot’s of things in Texas
That we all hold quite dear
The Alamo and cowboys
And rivers swift and clear
South Texas has the Rio Grande
The Neches and Pedernales
But we wonder why the good Lord put
The Trinity in Dallas”

Muddy Buddy (download)

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6 responses to “The Folkel Minority – Freeze a Yankee and Muddy Buddy (Folksee Records, 1978)

  1. I think the recorded this at the same studio as Connie and Ed.

    God bless the 45. We shall never look upon its like again.

  2. Looking for the muddy buddy copy in mp3, I actually have a copy on vinyl but would like a copy of the MP3. Link no longer works. If you have a copy could you email it to me at jro862@softhome.net

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  4. “Freeze A Yankee” was played at least 3 to four times daily in the winter/spring of 1978 on Dallas/Fort Worth-based KVIL-FM radio during the AM Drive Time show of legendary DJ Ron Chapman. As a freshman at TCU in Fort Worth, everyone from daddy’s rich in the all bidness frat boys to football jocks to G.D. I. (God Da*n Independent) left wing radical political science majors like myself all listened to it, had an audio cassette recording of it off the air…it was the talk of the campus in the Winter/Spring of 1978 in the D/FW metroplex.

  5. I’m the composer of “Freeze A Yankee”, and the founder of the large male harmony chorus in Dallas called The Vocal Majority. Freeze A Yankee was a surprise to all of us who had a hand in recording it and performing it in concerts during the ensuing years — Jim, Bill, Jake, Ross and myself. One day, Ron Chapman played it on KVIL Radio and the darn thing just took off. We sold 45 disks out of our car trunks, and stocked it the best we could at the limited number of record stores in Dallas in 1978. Because I was working at the time as a P.R. person for Lone Star Gas Company, they didn’t see the humor in the song and promptly fired me when it became so popular that The Dallas Times Herald and the Wall Street Journal actually featured a story about the song’s success — and the political implications of the message — in their publications. We received requests for copies of the song from the Texas Congressional delegation, and the song rose to be #1 in Dallas, Houston and Tulsa — all oil capitols in the southwest. Its had a long life, and the members of The Folkel Minority still get together once in a while (we’re now in our 60s and 70s) and re-live those days when our 15-minutes of fame were a thrilling quarter of an hour.
    BOB ARNOLD

  6. WOW! Thanks for giving us the story– and for letting me share this tune. Its one of the most popular on the site.

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