“Run Joey Run,” by my fellow Michigan Wolverine David Geddes, is from 1975, more than a decade removed from the heyday of the teenage death song. This revival of the formula was a big hit, peaking at number four.
This being the ’70s and not the ’60s or ’50s, “Run Joey Run” is much sleazier than, say, “Tell Laura I Love Her.” Daddy gets in a fight with Julie about something he’s discovered that is not G-rated–maybe he found her diaphragm, her positive pregnancy test, or her hot candid Joey-on-Julie Polaroids. Perhaps all three. Whatever it was, it was reason enough for Daddy to beat the shit out of her. Then Daddy grabs his gun (or, as Geddes would say, “He’s got a GUUUHHN!”) to do a little Joey huntin’. You can probably guess where the story goes from there.
As you can likely tell from the screen shot below, the video for this song is La Bomba (that translates to “‘da bomb” from Español, for those of you who don’t comprende Español). YouTube has removed the embedding before, but there seems to be someone out there determined to keep this awesomeness available to the general public, so if it’s not working, let me know and I’ll try to track it down again. Then go here here to watch it. You have to see it.
[Yanked by YouTube again. Watch it here. I can't embed for technical reasons. Thanks to commenter Robbie.]
My only regret is that I was too young in the ’70s to recognize what an awesome decade I was living through.
He’s got a GUUUHHN!
(I discovered this song via Johnny LaRue’s Crane Shot, a blog that seems to be mostly devoted to reviewing episodes of old TV shows like “B.J. and the Bear” and men’s adventure novels (strangely excluding, alas, my beloved Destroyer). He also posted on Stunt Rock. Proper respect.)
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