BUDDY MILLER, Teen Twist, 1960

I had a very busy week finishing a lettering job for a comic book, doing a record sleeve for the local band Berlinska Dróha and now I`m working on my weekly comic-strip Bigbeatland. In the middle of all of this my computer broke down completely. Thankfully it could be repaired. But that´s why I´m a little late this week….

But before I get to the music I´d like to point out that on Saturday Franky Fuzz and I are doing AUKTION/DESTRUKTION again.6.auktion-destruktion

( Also, Samstag wird nochmal versteigert und zerbrochen bevor wir in die Sommerpause gehen. Franky und ich haben wieder jede Menge Schrott und Hits und Raritäten in der Kiste. Startgebot ist  wie immer 10 Cent. Diesmal ausserdem mit dem Pop-Quiz, Olli und Mario´s beliebter Veranstaltungsreihe in der Kollage. Fürs Mitraten gibt´s immer auch kleine Preise zu gewinnen. Außerdem tritt Martin Crave auf. Ich würde mich also sehr freuen euch zu sehen…)

Two weeks ago I posted Hully Gully records , then last week it was Madison time so now finally of course here comes the mother of all dance crazes The Twist.  No need to go into Hank Ballard and Chubby Checker again but straight to the music. As in my previous posts these Twists cover a broad variety of styles: from some killer Rock`n`Roll to some that is trying very hard…

This was on one of the Las Vegas Grind comps. That pretty much describes what kind of Twist this is: RAW!  PRIMITIVE! ROCK`N`ROLL!!!

BUDDY MILLER, Teen Twist, 1960

Ilias just gave me the idea so I searched for some more Twist clips. This one has some great twist moves:


ROD McKUEN, Oliver Twist, 1960

The B-side was featured on the first Twistin`Time comp that Hillsdale Records put out in the 90`s. I bought this at Bleecker Bob`s in New York in the late 90`s. When I asked for Twist records this is what I got. I felt right at home in that store: the owner was as grouchy and rude as every other record store owner I had ever met before…

ROD McKUEN, Oliver Twist, 1960

ROD McKUEN, Celebrity Twist, 1960


ORLIE AND THE SAINTS, Detroit Twist And Freeze, 1961

Again Detroit Twist and Freeze was on  Twistin´Time Vol.1. I didn´t check if any of these other songs were on some obscure bootlegs that only a handful of  hipsters got a hold of.  If you know this song already just scroll further down. I bet there is some stuff here that nobody ever dared to re-release…

I got this at a record fair here in Berlin from a Dutch seller. The b-side  King Kong is great too. Listen to the lyrics. Impossible that this would go over today…

ORLIE AND THE SAINTS, Detroit Twist And Freeze, 1961

ORLIE AND THE SAINTS, King Kong, 1961

Watch this, there are some amazing dance moves in this one:


TED JARRETT, (Let`s Twist) Slow And Easy, 1961

I do the Twist all the time myself. You can dance the Twist to pretty much any fast music, even Punk. But if you`d like to start slow and easy…

TED JARRETT, (Let`s Twist) Slow And Easy, 1961

TED JARRETT, My Happiness Twist, 1961


FREDDY TINO & THE TWISTING CYCLONES, Shoestring Twist, 1961

How fitting that this should come from New Orleans. Shoestring Twist is a very very fast Twist.

Like a cyclone…

FREDDY TINO & THE TWISTING CYCLONES, Shoestring Twist, 1961

FREDDY TINO & THE TWISTING CYCLONES, Come On Let´s Twist, 1961


ADAM ROSS AND HIS ORCHESTRA, High Society Twist, 1960

High Society Twist is a typical rockin´ instrumental orchestra song. Yes, that´s a contradiction but that´s what this is.

20th Century Rockin´Room ! Now that´s what I´m trapped in…

ADAM ROSS, High Society Twist, 1960

ADAM ROSS, 20th Century Rockin`Room, 1960


GABRIEL AND THE ANGELS, Don´t Wanna Twist No-More, 1961

Nice Teen Pop Twist with some very sweet lines: “I don´t wanna do the twist no more because I never get to hold my Baby”….

GABRIEL AND THE ANGELS, Don´t Wanna Twist No-More, 1961

GABRIEL AND THE ANGELS, That´s Life(That´s Tough), 1961


CARL STEVENS AND HIS ORCHESTRA, In The Twist Mood, 1960

More rockin´orchestra stuff. This was probably the only time in the history of Pop music that orchestras had to play this fast to keep up with the times. In the Mood is extremely fast and it rocks and this even beats the stuff that orchestras came up with when they had to play Hey Joe a couple of years later…

CARL STEVENS AND HIS ORCHESTRA, In The Twist Mood, 1960


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