Toe Jam

Eeew! You creepy foot fetishist!

Finding it hard to get on your feet for the start of another week?  Well, The Nest has the boot to the derriere you need to keep you on your toes!  It’s Monday, so that means it’s time to dig up a little musical piggy that cried wee wee wee all the way home from that giant shoebox stuffed with lost hits we like to call the Dusty Vinyl Archive!  DJ Scratchy has mastered the art of wearing high heels with hooves, while the Sponkies are busy playing footsie with each other.  Here’s a tune that should give you happy feet…

Among the musicians who got in on the early 80’s revival of the style known as rockabilly (Think The Stray Cats) was one Rocky Burnette.  Burnette seemed a logical fit to become a rockabilly artist given that his father was one of the more influential members of that music’s first era of prominence during the early days of rock and roll.  Johnny Burnette’s biggest hit and probably best known song was the original hit version of “You’re Sixteen” in 1960, which was a #8 hit… or seven places lower than what Ringo Starr’s cover version of “You’re Sixteen” did in 1973 when he decided that it desperately needed a little kazoo…

Fun Fact: Paul McCartney is credited with the kazoo solo in that song… though it’s supposedly not really a kazoo.

Rocky managed to match his father’s success with a #8 hit of his own, 1980’s “Tired of Toein’ The Line.”  Though daddy still knows best, as for Rocky, this was his ONLY hit of any renown….

The video upload has the quality of a forty year old VHS tape being played back on an Etch-a-Sketch, but you can kind of make out Rocky and his shiny suited band of…… girls?  Yeah, Robert Palmer wasn’t as innovative as he thought he was when he dolled up a bunch of chicks in 1986 and had them pretend to play musical instruments behind him singing.

Nor did he have one of the girls playing a trombone! Not rusty, we hope…

At the end of the video, Rocky starts spraying his backing band with a fire hose, which really does nothing but look awkward since they’re dressed like a marching band from the planet Venus and not in Spring Break attire.  But when it comes to music video standards, I guess Rocky really was tired of toein’ the line…

I’ll be back next Monday with another toe tappin’ lost hit from the past!


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Bored former 30-something who has nothing better to do with his life than draw cartoon squirrels.
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12 Responses to Toe Jam

  1. That is a poor video as videos go but the “back-up” fake musicians/chicks sure looked like they were having a good time! I remember Rocky’s Dad and “Sweet Sixteen” – much better than Ringo’s version some years later.


  2. Kismet says:

    Instead of the random loud noise generators we wanted to hear the squirrel on the kazoo.

  3. OMG that was too much fun. The song, voice, and video don’t go together at all, but that is OK. Random is the word of the day this fine Monday morning.

  4. I swear I didn’t do drugs back in the 60’s & 70’s but I sure as heck don’t recall this artist or the video.

  5. draliman says:

    That was pretty funky. I love how the “trombone player” thinks trombones work by pumping the slide frantically up and down. I’m sure there’s a rude joke in there somewhere…

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