Eddie Cochran ‎– Twenty Flight Rock

Liberty ‎– F-55112
Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM, Single

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A Twenty Flight Rock
Written-By – Eddie Cochran, Ned Fairchild
B Cradle Baby
Written-By – Terry Fell

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Twenty Flight Rock: (From the 20th Century-Fox Picture "The Girl Can´t Help It")

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  • Rights Society: BMI
  • Matrix / Runout (label A): 45-LB-794
  • Matrix / Runout (label B): 45-LB-795
  • Matrix / Runout (deadwax A): GB-4727-D1 1 ☆
  • Matrix / Runout (deadwax B): GB-4728-D1 1 ☆

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November 24, 2014
edited over 3 years ago

One of Cochran's more interesting rockers, I've been puzzled as to why this particular single is such a 'rarity'. Most of Eddie's early Liberty singles are of negligible worth. There is a rougher version of this tune on Cochran's 'Legendary Masters' series lp.

Its subject material is curious, too. It's basically a rock and roll song about male impotence ('I'm too tired to rock.") Whether the musical industry was sophisticated enough to 'get it' I do not know. Although it's never garnered the popularity of Cochran's 'Summertime Blues', it's a fine rocker, covered decades later by the Rolling Stones, and featured in 'The Girl Can't Help It', one of the truly great rock and roll fifties' films. Maybe THE only great fifties' rock and roll film. from what I've seen.

The song's words evoke a morbid image ('you'll find my corpse draped over a rail...'). The song almost reads like Chuck Berry rock poetry. Which was another strength of Cochran's 'Summertime Blues' -- its knowingly cynical 'I'd like to help you son but you're too young to vote....' 'C'mon Everybody' is a real call to anarchy. Eddie's unfortunate early death may have been a blessing, since I don't feel the industry at this time was interested in pushing 'rock and roll'. Blame it on Elvis castrating himself. Blame it on the bossa nova. I still find it quaint and amusing that they cut Elvis's swiveling hips on Ed Sullivan. Rock and roll was viewed as truly 'dangerous' in a way that, even as old as I am, I do not quite understand.

Play Johnny Burnette Trio's 'Train Kept A-Rollin'' from the mid fifties and then listen to Johnny Burnette singing 'You're Sixteen'. 'They' tried to kill rock and roll a long time ago. Thank God for John Paul George Ringo.