Monthly Archives: March 2010

Clap Your Hands b/w Daddy Said – The Beau Marks (Shad Records, 1959)

Here is one for the scratchy record fans. The Beau-Marks had a #1 hit on the Canadian charts with Clap Your Hands. A rock-a-billy bopper, this tune is just right for anyone in rolled up Levi’s or thrift store cardigans.

“you got the beat / you’re in the groove / now grab your girl / and start to move”

The Beau Marks – Clap Your Hands (download&stream)

The b-side is just as good. A Bill Haley style piano part really puts the frosting on the cake. You’d be wise to grab these tracks for your next shin dig, Daddy-o.

“my daddy was right when he said / you better be careful / that woman is a devil in disguise”

The Beau Marks – Daddy Said (download&stream)

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The Buck Pets – Snatch Rap (Island Records, 1987)

Named the wealthiest city in the US in 2008 and a consistent top 10 contender for “Best Quality of Life,” Plano, Texas didn’t always have such a sterling reputation. Luxury cars and nose jobs have always been fodder for high school lunch room talk in this Dallas suburb, but so have suicide, steroids and heroin overdoses.

Way before anyone uttered the phrase “McMansion,” executives flocked to Plano and it’s sprawling corporate campuses to build tasteless castles in so-called golf course communities. Does this sound a little like hell? It must have felt that way to the nine high school students who offed themselves in the early eighties, a tragedy that produced articles in the national media that were as much rubber-necking as they were hand-wringing. (Seemingly blind to their problems, the 90’s found Plano with an epidemic of heroin overdose deaths and less then ten years later, a string of hospitalizations related to steroid abuse.)

Guitarist Andy Thompson and singer Chris Savage met as Plano high school students in 1984. Together they formed the Buck Pets, a band that traded coked out for fuzzed out preppy for punk rock. In just a few years they were a staple of the Deep Ellum scene, appearing on this 1987 Island Records compilation “The Sound of Seep Ellum.”  They have the distinction of being the only band on the comp to get picked up by the label, later releasing two full-length albums.

If these guys has been born in Westchester County they might have been the first Vampire Weekend. Thankfully they opted for good old fashioned Texas rock instead. Frequent openers for the Ramones, Flaming Lips and Janes Addiction, the band broke up in 1993.

The Buck Pets – Snatch Rap (download&stream)