69,000,000 B.C.

The dinosaurs went extinct from peer pressure, not some stupid meteor.

The dinosaurs went extinct from peer pressure, not some stupid meteor.

Only in America can we take an event that has been celebrated on Tuesday for a couple thousand years and unilaterally move it to the weekend so that it’s more convenient for young hooligans to use it as an excuse to get shitfaced drunk.  We’ll have none of that day-swapping hogwash with our music posts on The Nest, which always have and always will be featured on Monday.  That’s the day we go for the beads by lifting the top off that voluptuous collection of Phat Monday records we like to call the Dusty Vinyl Archive.  DJ Scratchy’s all ready to expose her greatest hits, so hide the Sponkies!  And don’t worry, we won’t be giving up our muzak for Lent…

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Once upon a time, when musicians decided to form a band they opted to associate themselves with one certain thing and pluralize it for the group’s name.  So you had The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Temptations, The Animals, The Supremes, The Dead Kennedys….. oh wait, that one came later since it would have been rude to name your band that in the 60’s.  Pluralized band names began to fall out of favor by the 70’s with such unidentifiable names as Lynyrd Skynyrd, Led Zeppelin, Mott the Hoople (Not to be confused with Toad the Wet Sprocket), Golden Earring…. you get the picture.  Band names were starting to become really fucked up as all of the plural nouns got used up…

Nothing at all fucked up about this band...

Nothing at all fucked up about this band…

And so in 1979, a couple of friends named David Weiss and Don Fagenson decided to make beautiful music together and named their act Was (Not Was).  No, that’s not another of my parenthetical tangents I like to go off on… that was the actual name of the band.  Their music was just as twistedly insane as the name.  Their 1983 album Born To Laugh At Tornadoes was a commercial failure, but is one of the great collections of musical curiosities of our time.  Only on this album can you hear world famous lounge artist Mel Torme croon about a man choking to death, Mitch Ryder belting out a hard rockin’ tune over what sounds like video game music, and a duet set to an electronica beat between Ozzy Osborne and Kim Basinger

Ummmmmm..... Idunt rmembr doin tht sng...

Ummmmmm….. Idunt rmembr doin tht sng…

Much of Was (Not Was)’s discography would make for a great DVA classic, but of course I’m ironically going to feature the one song of theirs that actually broke out into the mainstream.  Not only because it’s totally fucking awesome, but because as the “Was Brothers” luck would have it, it’s become almost as forgotten as the rest of their musical potpourri nobody ever knew is.  That song would be their 1989 #7 hit “Walk the Dinosaur”…

Of all of the signature songs of the 80’s that have become essential anthems to the decade of my youth, how in the hell did this one get left out?  “Love Shack,” which was on the charts at the same time, gets played about 50 billion times on radio stations across the country every day (Which is 49,999,999,999 times too many)… yet Was (not Was)’s most ingenious pop tune gets confined to the “Oh, let’s dig up a lost party song for some occasion” dumpster.  There is no justice in the shitty world of corporate-run radio…

You know you love hearing us sing "I don't wanna lose your love toniiiiiiiiiiiiight!" every day for the rest of your life!

You know you love hearing us sing “I don’t wanna lose your love toniiiiiiiiiiiiight!” every day for the rest of your life, even though it sucks wrinkled up possum balls.

And even more tragically, it was likely only the insane popularity of the music video on MTV when it first came out that allowed “Walk the Dinosaur” to even dent the pop charts.  If you want to get noticed, you certainly can’t go wrong with having a group of oiled up, scantily clad cavegirls doing choreographed moves to your song…. especially if you want to make a dance hit out of something that’s supposed to be about the typical 80’s fear of nuclear armageddon…

Do you think this woolly mammoth loincloth makes me look fat?

Do you think this woolly mammoth loincloth makes me look fat?

I’ll be back with some more old, old, old, old school next Monday…

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34 Responses to 69,000,000 B.C.

  1. omg I remember that… we even danced in cavemen style to this song… I’m glad that I had NO video cam that time…I still feel shame for things like this dance… :o))))

    • Think what all the girls growing up today are going to think in 30 years when the videos of them twerking are still around since they record everything now with their phones. I think that’s great that you used to dance to this song, and it’s even better that it was in the days before cellphones!

      • it’s a great song… and the intro is the best…I want to see those who can sit on their chairs like having a stick in the butt when they hear the boom boom acka-lacka lacka boom… it maybe was the gangnam style of the 80’s … but much better…

  2. Ally Bean says:

    I’ve never seen or heard this song before. I was a happier person not knowing about it, but now that you’ve brought it to my attention… well, I dunno what to say except: OH MY!

    • It’s a very interesting and strange song by a very interesting and strange band. And I’m not sure I even care because it’s just so fun to listen to……. Boom Boom AckaLackaLacka Boom!

  3. fanrosa says:

    I had no idea that Don Was not was his real name! SWIDT? You also had me going on that “lose your love tonight” thing because I knew the song, but couldn’t place it or the picture of the band. I was almost going to break down and google it, but then the “toniiiiiight” part was sung by the crowd in my head and I realized I know it because of Chuck Nazty and I remembered The Outfield. Whew….that’s a lot of brain work before I’ve finished the first tureen of coffee. Ha!

    • And the inspiration behind the name of the band came from Don (Not Was)’s baby boy, who liked immediately contradicting any word he said when he was learning to talk, like “X, Not X!” At least that’s what Wiki (Not Wiki) has to say about that….

  4. ody N biskit…..total lee off topix heer… sorta…. but de food servizz gurl just sell a brated her
    71,000,000 birthday last yeer…. 🙂 ♥♥♥

  5. Well you mentioned twerking and all I could think of after you did, was what on EARTH will the future generations think was up with that? Sorry – I just had to ask…..imagine unearthing a time capsule full of twerk videos. EEEEEEEK.


    • They’ll probably think “Wow, how prudish of those 2010’s kids!” Kinda like we don’t get the big deal now about why Elvis had to be shown from the waist up in the 50’s. Scary, huh?

  6. Merbear74 says:

    I remember that song. I was a sophomore maybe. It sucked and by God, it still does.

  7. Classic song! Loved to dance to it! Yeah… I’m THAT old! 😉

  8. I know that song! It is often used in roller skating routines. No shit.

  9. I do remember this song. AND, I heard it last week on the radio on the way to work! Boom Lacka Lacka Boom! I love my radio station!

  10. Sometimes — and this is one of these days — I find it hard to focus on things going on around me. this may have something to do with the insanity of current reality. Whenever I think I know what’s going on, I discover — NO , I do NOT know. Anything. Not ONE DAMNED THING. So now, finally, I get to settle down with this. I would have done it sooner, but I needed to actually PLAY the video and HEAR the music and that needed time … which was not available until …

    Ah. Now. Thank you.

    Thank you for reminding me there ARE more important things that reality, facts, truth, and all that. Why am I worrying about reality? I could be dealing with complete LACK of reality and I would be so much happier.

    You have saved me again!

  11. Trisha says:

    I had forgotten all about this fun little song! There were sure some strange songs and videos from that era. The much overplayed Love Shack is pretty weird too.

    • Those two are such great companion songs…. and yet I don’t know why Love Shack won the right to be remembered. It’s more fun to sing “Boom Boom Acka Lacka Lacka Boom” than scream “TIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIN ROOF! Rusted!”

      • Trisha says:

        Confession: In all the too many hundred times I’ve heard Live Shack, I didn’t know what they were screeching there!

  12. draliman says:

    Apparently I’m not allowed to watch Was Not Was in this country, however I remember the song and vaguely the video. It was quite popular in its day, I seem to recall. I was quite a fan, but the late 80s was a weird time…

    Somehow you’ve managed to exactly capture Ozzy Osborne’s voice in that caption 🙂

  13. Kat says:

    Boom shakalacka…

  14. Can’t say as I recall this, but gotta say I love the beat. 🕺🏼

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