But they have this other, better song called “I Walk Like Jayne Mansfield.” It’s an original, and even if I shuffled “Woo Hoo” off my iTunes — again, because Vonage — this one remained.
Just recently, I found what, precisely, the 220.127.116.11’s were playing off with that track: Mansfield’s side career as a singer and, in particular, the 1965 track “Suey.”
She’s not singing, exactly. She’s sing-talking. If you wanted to get weird about it, you could say that what she’s doing is kinda-sorta a progenitor to rap. Though she certainly wasn’t the only one to do it, she is sing-talking over a beat, and what else is rap, really?
By the way, that’s Jimi Hendrix on lead guitar.
If you’d like to hear Mansfield’s actual singing voice, she had a B-side that same year, “As the Clouds Drift By,” which also features guitar work by Hendrix.
For a song that should be melancholy, it sounds ridiculously saccharine to the point that it’s trying to cover up for something dark. But then you realize you’re watching a slideshow of Mansfield’s heyday while listening to lyrics like “How you left me alone” and “Why’d you drift away?” and “I wonder where you are,” and it gets dark.
Also, after having heard the 18.104.22.168’s version of “Woo Hoo” a million times, it’s strange to hear the original. Ladies and gentlemen, The Rock-a-Teens!
Side note: If Casey Wilson wasn’t born to play Jayne Mansfield in a biopic, I don't know what to believe anymore.
Musical connections I should have made earlier, previously:
- “Deirdre,” by The Beach Boys
- “Song to the Siren,” by This Mortal Coil
- The original “Love Hurts,” by Emmylou Harris and Gram Parsons
- The original “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” by Robert Hazard
- “(Hey There) Big Bad Wolf,” by The Sham-ettes