The “Chirping” Crickets – The Crickets (1957)

Album no. 8/1001

The Crickets were Buddy Holly’s band before he, you know, met his untimely death in a plane crash (don’t fly, guys).

And people do tend to go on about how Buddy Holly is KIND OF A BIG DEAL, and how he was taken before his time, and how he was hugely influential, and all of that.

Interestingly, all the songs on this album are under three minutes long. This album really defined the musical idea of short, sharp and shiny.

Also , important piece of musical trivia – HE DIED WHEN HE WAS 22 AFTER ALREADY RELEASING THREE MUSICAL ALBUMS. I’ll just leave that there.

Have you listened to this album before?

CL: No, but I was excited to hear what all the fuss was about. Old mate Buddy Holly is something of a pop-culture hero, isn’t he? I mean, Weezer told me, so…

NK: Only the main ones. I’ve got an ‘Essential Buddy Holly’ somewhere which has ‘Not Fade Away’, ‘That’ll Be The Day’ and ‘Oh Boy’ at least. I might have caught a couple of others here and there.

Standout track?

CL: ‘Oh Boy’. I listened to it in the morning, it got stuck in my head – it is now 12 hours later and it’s still in my head. But I have to admit that ‘It’s Too Late’ also got me right in the feels and will now be added to my hypothetical breakup playlist.

NK: ‘That’ll Be The Day’. ‘Not Fade Away’ is good too, but ‘That’ll Be The Day’ is better.

When would be the best time to listen to this ?

CL: This is pretty compulsory listening if you’re having a 1950s sock hop. But aside from this… Probably not on a plane? I mean, look what happened. Don’t risk it.  

NK: In the car on the way to the drive in, or if you ever have to go to a dance in a town hall, like a graduation. Also, do yourself a favour and listen to The Stones’ version of ‘Not Fade Away’, it’s way better.

Why has this album been included on the list?

CL: In terms of rock music’s evolution, you can certainly hear some progression on this album from say, Elvis’s self-titled debut. I think there’s certainly more oomph to his voice and it sounds a little more risque – which is to say his voice was a little croaky. So I suppose it’s been included as more of a historical milestone.

NK: EVEN SO I think we can all agree Buddy Holly’s best work was his cameo in the Young Ones. This was pretty rock and roll for the time I guess? But there are still so many slow mopey numbers. No thanks.

Will you be listening again?

CL: Hmmm. This is really hard. Would I go and choose to listen to it? Probably not. Was it awful? No. We’ve been spoiled by the rich tapestry of musical history since the 1950s, and all the songs are just too similar to get me excited. I’m sure it was pretty ‘wild’ at the time, but so was a woman wearing pants.

NK: Women wearing pants is still pretty wild if you ask me. I will probably not be listening to this again. I’d take a Buddy Holly best of if anything I reckon.

Rating:

CL:  This is possibly one of the worst things I’ve ever heard. I’m removing it from my iTunes without delay. It was offensive to my eardrums.This is possibly one of the worst things I’ve ever heard. I’m removing it from my iTunes without delay. It was offensive to my eardrums.

NK:  This is possibly one of the worst things I’ve ever heard. I’m removing it from my iTunes without delay. It was offensive to my eardrums.This is possibly one of the worst things I’ve ever heard. I’m removing it from my iTunes without delay. It was offensive to my eardrums.

Out of context youtube comment

08 - The Chirping Crickets

Listen to The “Chirping” Crickets on Spotify or buy it in iTunes.

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