Sometimes the forces of the universe will bring two seemingly unrelated things together to create something extraordinarily special. First, a few days ago the Internet brought me my old growing up friend Debbie from Burbank Street, #22 School, and Franklin High School. Together we painted some sepia-toned pictures from 1962-
All dressed up for the WBBF Prom, sitting in the back of the War Memorial, then sipping root beer floats and feeding the jukebox at Critics Ice Cream at Clifford & Clinton/ Gum-chewing seventh grade biker babes and hoods with ducktails/ Eighth grade greaser goddesses with big, teased, lacquered hair, raccoon eye makeup, and mohair sweaters/ Halloween party with scary ghost on a pulley, Spin The Bottle, and "Monster Mash" playing on a 6-transistor pocket radio.
Then an advance copy of this CD shows up in my mailbox, and darned if it doesn't provide the perfect soundtrack to all of these precious images rolling around in my head plus more-
Andrea Carroll/ Summer 1963/ K.P.A.A. softball/ Arcade & Attica Railroad; The Toys/ Christmas trip to New York City 1965/ transistor radio up against the window on the New York Central in Albany/ WTRY Great 98 Radio; Diane Renay/ last day of school 1964/ brilliant sunshine/ tour battleship with Frank in Charlotte Harbor.
You hold in your hands the latest fruit of the musical tree with its roots in the gardens of Madara & White, Gold Star Studios, and the Brill Building. This music is new but old - fresh but familiar. What Ink Spots song is that guitar line from? Do I hear "Iko, Iko" in there someplace? "Under The Boardwalk?" Don’t I remember that musical phrase from a Colpix label record I had back in 1963?
IT'S MY PARTY! kindly asked me to write these liner notes - No problem, they wrote themselves - Debbie from Burbank Street and IT'S MY PARTY!, perfect synchronicity, slam dunk! - If you are from 1962 this CD will transport you back to the innocence and purity of that long-gone time; if not, this CD will show you how it used to be on Burbank Street, #22 School, and Franklin High.
Ron Stein, Rock and Roll Historian