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Alley Oop by The Hollywood Argyles

Alley Oop by The Hollywood Argyles

Look at that cave man go! The golden oldie “Alley Oop” by The Hollywood Argyles is an intersection of comic strip characters, science fiction, rock and roll, doo wop music. The Hollywood Argyles were a studio group put together by producer and songwriter Kim Fowley and Gary Paxton, who was the Flip of the duo Skip & Flip. The recording studio was in Los Angeles on the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Argyle Street – hence, their name.

Dallas Frazier wrote “Ally Oop,” which is based on V.T. Hamlin’s comic strip. Alley Oop is a time-traveling caveman from the kingdom of Moo with stone war hammer and pet dinosaur Dinny in tow. His adventures often poked fun at American suburban life. The song went to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #3 on the R&B Chart in 1960. Sandy Nelson, who had hits as a session and solo drummer, provided the percussion. The piano plays in G minor while the vocals are in G major. This produces a chilling effect – like a 1950s Sci Fi flick.

Here are the lyrics to “Alley Oop” by The Hollywood Argyles:

“(Alley Oop, oop, oop-oop)
(Alley Oop, oop, oop-oop)
There’s a man in the funny papers we all know (Alley Oop, oop, oop-oop)
He lived ‘way back a long time ago (Alley Oop, oop, oop-oop)
He don’t eat nothin’ but a bear cat stew (Alley Oop, oop, oop-oop)
Well this cat’s name is-a Alley Oop (Alley Oop, oop, oop-oop)

He got a chauffeur that’s a genuwine dinosawruh (Alley Oop, oop, oop-oop)
And he can knuckle your head before you count to fawruh (Alley Oop, oop, oop- Oop)

He got a big ugly club and a head fulla hairuh (Alley Oop, oop, oop-oop)
Like great big lions and grizzly bearuhs (Alley Oop, oop, oop-oop)
(Alley Oop) He’s the toughest man there is alive
(Alley Oop) Wearin’ clothes from a wildcat’s hide
(Alley Oop) He’s the king of the jungle jive
(Look at that cave man go! ) (SCREAM)

He rides thru the jungle tearin’ limbs offa trees (Alley Oop, oop, oop-oop)
Knockin’ great big monstahs dead on their knees (Alley Oop, oop, oop-oop)
The cats don’t bug him cuz they know bettah (Alley Oop, oop, oop-oop)
Cuz he’s a mean motah scootah and a bad go-gettah (Alley Oop, oop, oop-oop)
(Alley Oop) He’s the toughest man there is alive
(Alley Oop) Wearin’ clothes from a wildcat’s hide
(Alley Oop) He’s the king of the jungle jive
(Look at that cave man go! ) (SCREAM)

Thair he goes, look at that cave man go
He sure is hip ain’t he? Like what’s happening?
He’s too much
Ride, Daddy, ride
Hi-yo dinosawruh
Ride, Daddy, ride
Get ’em, man Like–hipsville”

If you are interested in a book about the Alley Oop comic strip, please consider this one from Amazon.com: Alley Oop #1

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