Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Songs we Taught The Mummies!

Wow, what a crazy rock and roll month it’s been!

Saw The Mummies, The Gories, and The Oblivians (all twice!) in the span of two weeks! Yow!

Here is the first “songs we taught….” Compilations I made back in the early 90’s. Obviously, the idea came from the original SONGS WE TAUGHT THE CRAMPS LP that came out in the mid 80’s. It was an LP of songs the Cramps had covered. Since that time, there has been ANOTHER series of compilation/bootlegs with the same name, as well as a series called BORN BAD with the same purpose; to expose songs The Cramps had covered and put them in a handy dandy format.

I just used that same idea and applied it to various other favorite bands of mine. The first one I tackled was THE MUMMIES. There’s a few missteps on the compilation (how the fuck could I make a comp of songs The Mummies covered and omit Don and the fucking Goodtimes?! Pretty much thee blue print for The Mummies as far as I'm concerned!), but I think it gets across what I was going for at the time. There are also a few too many versions of stronger than dirt on it, but what the hell, every version of that song rules!

Funny story about this compilation. I ran into one of the guys in the very Mummies-influenced band, THE BRIMSTONES and we got to talking about The Mummies. He said he been given a compilation of songs The Mummies had originally done from a friend of his in Europe somewhere. I was kind of shocked. I asked him to describe it to me, to tell me what songs were on it. He spoke of all the different versions of “dirt” on it. I told him that was the compilation I had made!

He pretty much didn’t believe me. But he must have gotten it from someone who downloaded it off of napster!

It was then (this was probably 2002?) that I realized that “home made” compilations were starting to really take off over the world due to downloading. ANYONE could take a subject, or theme and make their own compilations and have 100’s (perhaps 1000’s?) of people hear them!

Pretty crazy.


Coming soon: Song we taught:
Jack, Eric and Greg (Oblivian)
Billy Childish
Walter Daniels (Jack O’ Fire)


  1. Thanks for your time to post this! I grew up with these guys and am still friends with all. Larry told me that "Stronger Than Dirt" was from Ajax and The Cleansers, if I remeber correctly.

  2. I know this is an old ass post, but i'll comment anyway...

    This is a great comp. I've collected some Mummies "original versions" myself. I've heard of, but never actually heard, a lot of these versions before.
    I bought 'Big Boy Pete' by The Olympics on 45
    a few years ago. I'ts from the late 50's.
    I think it set me back a whole quarter.

    Here it is, if anyone else cares to give it a listen:

  3. Link don't work no mo