Friday Five: Boom Boom

Ken Morton, Jr. | May 18th, 2012

Luke Bryan recently taught us, in deep and insightful lyrics, that when a girl makes your “speakers go boom boom,” it means that she makes your heart go a-flutter. It must be love. Evidently, if your significant other has had no effect on your personal stereo system, it could possibly mean that you’re doing it all wrong. That “boom boom” reference shouldn’t be mixed up with Johnny Cash’s famous “boom chicka boom” sound made famous by Luther Perkins. Nor should it be confused with the love of Pebbles Flintstone’s life, Bamm-Bamm. Those nuances can be easily missed.

On today’s Friday Five, we celebrate mini lyrical explosions throughout music history.

5. Billy “Crash” Craddock – “Boom Boom Baby”

With virtually no airplay back when this song came out in 1959 here in the United States, Craddock arrived in Australia on a tour with the Everly Brothers completely oblivious that this was a Number One hit Down Under.


4. Highway 101 – “Bing Bang Boom”

This little number was a top 15 hit back in 1991.


3. Bellamy Brothers – “Kids of the Baby Boom” 

This 1987 single was the last of the Bellamy Brothers ten hits to reach Number One. Written 25 years ago, it’s still pretty darned relevant today. “As our lives become a capsule they send to the stars/And our children look at us like we came from Mars/As the farms disappear and the sky turns black/We’re a nation full of takers, never giving back/We never stop to think what we consume/Kids of the baby boom.”


2. Leon McCauliffe and His Western Swing Band – “Sh-Boom (Life Could Be a Dream)”

As Bob Wills said hundreds of times, “Take it away,Leon…”


1. John Lee Hooker – “Boom Boom”

Even though The Oak Ridge Boys did a cover on their recent album, The Boys Are Back, there’s nothing quite like the original.

  1. Ben Foster
    May 18, 2012 at 9:30 am

    Nice clever idea for a Friday Five, and a great list. Robert Ellis Orral, “Boom! It Was Over,” anyone?

  2. Jonathan Pappalardo
    May 18, 2012 at 10:06 am

    Luke Bryan’s latest “Drunk On You,” very loosely connected to this theme, comes to mind – “girl you make my speakers go boom boom.”

    Great Friday Five idea!

  3. bob
    May 18, 2012 at 11:35 am

    I never heard the country version of Sh-Boom before. Thanks. I have a 1954 cover on a Mercury Records 45 by the Crew-Cuts. The original was by the Chords, an R&B group, also in 1954.

    There was a rock singer in the late 50’s, early 60’s who was known as Freddie “Boom Boom” Cannon. His hits included “Palisades Park” & “Way Down Yonder in New Orleans”.

  4. Donald
    May 18, 2012 at 11:51 am

    Just listened/watched to Boom It Was Over and I Couldn’t Say No (man, Carlene could give a steely look!) over on YouTube- Robert Ellis Orrall is someone who goes through my head quite often, especially this week as I was listening to Robert Ellis. Fixation for best album title of all time, anyone?

  5. Rick
    May 19, 2012 at 12:00 am

    I saw Highway 101 live a couple of years ago and they are still going strong. After that show I downloaded “Bing Bang Boom” and still find it immensely enjoyable when I feel the need for some pop country fluff.

    The modern British DooWop group The Overtones is still putting out some top notch “Sh Boom” type music across the pond.

  6. luckyoldsun
    May 19, 2012 at 11:44 am

    Is that the real Highway One that you saw, fronted by Paulette Carlson or the version with the substitute lead singer? (Carlson left the group, but I read somewhere that she went back.) I believe this “Bing” single was done during the time that Carlson was away. Maybe she sings it in concert now–I’d be surprised if both female singers appeared.

  7. Paul W Dennis
    May 19, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    I would regard Highway 101 as “real” if either Nikki Nelson or Paulette Carlson were fronting it. If it is anyone else, I’d regard it as a “faux” lineup

  8. Rick
    May 19, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    It was the Nikki Nelson version which has been going ever since the days Paulette Carlson left the group. Nikki’s voice is still in tip top condition and they put on a fun show. Highly recommended!

  9. luckyoldsun
    May 20, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    I’m curious as to what goes on at these “Highway 101 concerts”: Does Nikki Nelson come out and sing “Whiskey, If You Were a Woman,” “Somewhwere Tonight” and “Cry Cry Cry”? Does she do them in her own voice, or does she try to sound like Carlson?

    I don’t doubt that this group can do a nice job on those songs, but if Paulette ain’t singin’ ‘em, then I’d consider it a cover band.

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