Cruising With Ruben & The Jets
by Frank Zappa
Released: Dec 1968
his doo-wop spoof, passed off in 1968 as found tapes by unknowns, preceded Greil Marcus' similar Masked Marauders hoax by a year. It's an equally loving and hateful tribute to early '60s vocal music of Italian Bronx street corners and East L.A. Chicano car clubs, with special spite reserved for heartbroken sad-sacks like The Fleetwoods: Two songs feature explicit suicide threats. There's also what sounds like a prehistoric human beat box. But the masterpiece is "Jelly Roll Gum Drop," a title that rhymes with "pachuco hop," "L.A. slop," "streetcar stop," "soda shop," "eyeballs pop" and more.
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