She'll Grow Back: Stagger Lee Saturdays: The Boppers

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Stagger Lee Saturdays: The Boppers

Here's something entertaining. The Boppers (Google translation of Swedish Wikipedia -- translation of official site) were a Swedish group who specialized in covers of American rock and roll or doo-wop songs from the 1950s and 1960s.

For some reason, they covered Lloyd Price's censored, nonviolent version of Stag. I can only assume it's because their language skills were not so great -- the lyrics here at their official site indicate that they misunderstood a few words. When I first heard this version, I assumed this version was tongue-in-cheek, satirizing the castration of Stag achieved by Price's censor. The lyrics here say that Stag and Billy were "hugging" in the dark (not arguing, as Price's censor would have it). And though the action here still revolves around Stag's girlfriend, Billy clearly calls Stag not his "best friend" but rather his "boyfriend."

This album has apparently been out of print since 1983, so for the second week in a row I can't provide a buy link. Instead, the link goes to The Boppers' official store where you can buy T-shirts and CDs and what is clearly the must-have item: $5.00 hot pants.

The Boppers - Stagger Lee
mirror 1 -- mirror 2
Buy hot pants from the band

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