Saturday, 12 June 2010

My Top Favourite 350 songs of all time. #348

Transfusion by Nervus Norvus

The automobile is a recurring trope in the American rock and roll narrative. The first rock and roll record, Rocket 88 by Jackie Brenston from 1951, was a tribute to the Oldsmbobile of the same name. From then on, cars and rock were wedded in high-speed rebellious matrimony. Chuck Berry's No Particular Place to Go, Beach Boys Little Deuce Coupe all the way through to such recent "classics" like Meatloaf's Paradise By The Dashboard Light.

Full credit then to one Nervus Norvus, whose novelty hit Transfusion was one part rock cruising classic, one part safety advice and one part lunatic pisstake of injured drivers on the rock and roll highway.

A spooked voice sings....

Tooling down the hightway doing 79
I'm a twin pipe papa and I'm feelin fine
Hey man! Dig that was that a red stop sign?

Cue the sound of panic, breaking glass, twisting metal and panicking brakes.....

And then our singer begins the first in a series of brilliant requests for medical attention...

Transfusion transfusion
I'm just a solid mess of contusions
Never never never gonna speed again
Slip the blood to me Bud

After Bud, it's time for Bruce, Jimson, Barrett and Alan to be called upon for the transfusions of the title. It's hysterical, camp and still funny today. Pre-empting the melodramatic roadkill of songs such as the Shangri-La's Leader of the Pack and Twinkle's Terry, Nervus Norvus (real name Jimmy Drake) should have had a worldwide smash with this but the public's loss is our secret gain.

All together now, put a gallon in me Alan....

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