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Kookie: Star of "77 Sunset Strip"

Edd ByrnesAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 9, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Collector's Choice
  • ASIN: B00005MHUQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #329,681 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Hot Rod Rock
2. Kookie's Mad Pad
3. I Don't Dig You, Kookie
4. Saturday Night On Sunset Strip
5. The Kookie Cha Cha Cha
6. Kookie, Kookie (Lend Me Your Comb)
7. Like I Love You
8. Kookie's Clock
9. You're The Top
10. Square Dance For Round Cats
11. 'A' You're Adorable
12. Kookie's Boogie

Editorial Reviews

Our ginchiest release ever! Edd 'Kookie' Byrnes made this record at the height of his fame as star of the TV show 77 Sunset Strip, and if this isn't a prime artifact of late '50s Americana, we don't know what is! Connie Stevens fans, don't miss their duet

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Long Awaited and Worth The Price July 17, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I've read the "reviews" above and except for one, the other two are obviously written by very young people. I guess when something is taken out of the context of time some people just won't get it. Kookie Byrnes was a phenomenon in his own right, the first real tv heart-throb and a cool cat; it was fun being a teen in the 50s and listening to Kookie Byrnes' WB album. Don Ralke's lyrics are hilarious and this album, albeit only 27 minutes in length, is long on fun, if the people who above or anyone who may listen to this classic 50s album of music can't make any sense of it, then you are nowhere.It was 1959, what can one say. It would have been nice to have a couple of bonus tracks, like Byrnes recording of "Cool Yule," that we who have waited for years for this album to be released are pretty happy just to have it like it was. Kookie Byrnes was never trying to compete with anyone, especially not Buddy Holly. He was himself and he was okay. If you can't understand why "Kookie's Mad Pad" is just the coolest cut, or why "Saturday Night On Sunset Strip" is so nostalgic, then you need to get yourself a time machine and go back to the Fifties and live. This album makes you remember how much fun it was to be in an open convertible driving down Sunset Boulevard in the 50s and early 60s. I can just see Dino's! And Byrnes parking cars at 77. You cats are a lot of SQUARES. If you like lounge music this collection of novelty songs is a gas! Kookie Byrnes doesn't deserve the bad reviews by any sixteen year old know-nothing brat in 2004. What do you know anyway? This is a good buy! Buy it and escape to a time when it was fun being alive. This is the Fifties personified. Kookie's duets with Joanie Sommers are a groove. Read more ›
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Like the ginchiest, man(well nearly!) November 16, 2004
Format:Audio CD
In 1959,when the original album of this cd was released,Edd Byrnes as "Kookie" was in his own words "the ginchiest"!.Byrnes popularity as a "teen" car attendant on the Warner tv detective show "77 Sunset Strip",led to a visit to the company's recording studios.The result,was a "duet"(well sort of!)with another Warner star "Hawaiian Eye"'s Connie Stevens-the result-"Kookie Kookie (lend me your comb)",which became a huge hit.So an Edd Byrnes "Kookie" album(including the Stevens song),was inevitable-and here it is."Kookie" is a fascinating relic of its era,Hollywood's idea of "beat" language,culture and music."Kookie" is an encyclopedia of the "hep cat" slang and phraseology Byrne's character always used.Examples-

"I've had big eyes for you since we bopped at the hop!".

"I had to pipe in at your wave length 'cos I'm shook!" (Translation-I was so keen on you I had to give you a phone call)

"Man,she owned the vital statistics-I mean at all the altitudes!"

(Translation-She had a great figure)

"I pack more yellow dust than old Wells Fargo!".

(Translation-I'm rich!).

The guys must have had hours of fun making this stuff up.In the main,Edd doesnt sing on this album,just talks a stream of "Kookiespeak"(often in rhyming couplets).When he makes rather half hearted attempts at singing,the results are usually not happy(eg "You're the top","The Kookie cha cha cha","Square dance for round cats").Apart from Connie Stevens on "Kookie Kookie",Edd is joined by another real singer,Joanie Sommers,on 2 of the best tracks-"Hot rod rock" and "I don't dig you Kookie" -it's always nice to hear Joanie.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun music March 10, 2002
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Lounge music for teenagers? Real hi-fi, and a LOT of fun. If you liked 50's pop like "Tan Shoes & Pink Shoelaces" or "Chantilly Lace", these tracks will fit right in. I can't remember if "ginchy" ever caught on as a catch-phrase tho.
The album is short, and the Kookie character theme gets a little repetitious. But only a few of these songs had been on CD before this release. Of those that hadn't, a few are gems. The last track is very short (1:37) but really hot (should that be cool?) ...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The first concept album? August 3, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Many people think the Beatles made the first concept album. Sargent Pepper's lonely hearts club band. While that album is a masterpiece, I have discovered a concept album that was released long before. This one! Every song on this album is Edd Byrnes in the guise of this Kookie character. Kookie to so cool that he gives Elvis and James Dean a run for their money. A lot of this album is so slang ridden it's baffling.

What's with this comb caper, baby? Why do you wanna latch up with my comb?/I just want you to stop combing your hair...& kiss me. You're the maximum utmost./ Well, I beans & I dreams goin', I'm movin' right now
'Cause that's the kind of scene that I dig...baby, you're the ginchiest!

See after typing that my head is spinning.

Well, this is some interesting music that you might want to give a listen to. If like Naz and Puffie...you won't like this sorry. By the way, I know Naz and Puffie. We hang out sometimes. Anyway, they said they don't like their music really. SO anyway, go ahead and buy this album, because if you are looking at this review then you a intelligent by proxy.

Anyway, Married with children is the best show ever. In one episode alone, it opened me up to two(2) new music artists. This guy, Edd Byrnes, and a metal group, Anthrax. Anthrax was actually singing with Edd Byrnes and they are completely different. Only Married with Children would do something so cool. So, put this in your cart, and then put and Anthrax album in your cart. That will proably be enough for free shipping. Then when you get them you can play them at the same time and it will almost be like the MwC episode was. Okay bye now.
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