The Very Best of the Coasters poll

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Poll Results

OptionVotes
Poison Ivy 5
Yakety Yak 5
Riot in Cell Block #9 4
What About Us 3
Young Blood 3
Run Red Run 2
Along Came Jones 2
Charlie Brown 2
Down in Mexico 2
Smokey Joe's Cafe 2
Shoppin' for Clothes 2
Little Egypt 1
Idol With the Golden Head 0
That Is Rock & Roll 0
I'm a Hog for You Baby 0
Searchin' 0


gospodin simmel, Saturday, 27 November 2010 01:19 (3 years ago) Permalink

Poison Ivy.

EZ Snappin, Saturday, 27 November 2010 01:22 (3 years ago) Permalink

I've never much liked the Coasters at all, but "Riot in Cell Block #9" is like a 1954 version of punk (ditto Richard Berry's "The Big Break"). And (at least according to Marcus) it provided the title for Sly's There's a Riot Goin' On.

clemenza, Saturday, 27 November 2010 01:25 (3 years ago) Permalink

I think "Charlie Brown" is my favorite of the big three. The fact that this group actually had a record that I like MORE than "Yakety Yak" or "Poison Ivy," though, is incredible. Love the Coasters.

timellison, Saturday, 27 November 2010 02:01 (3 years ago) Permalink

the big three doesn't include "Searchin'"?

gospodin simmel, Saturday, 27 November 2010 02:39 (3 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, maybe that's just me thinking in terms of what I was exposed to more growing up in the '70s/'80s. "Searchin'" is great. (Just looked it up on Wikipedia; it was actually the b-side of "Young Blood" and both sides of that record went top ten.)

timellison, Saturday, 27 November 2010 02:59 (3 years ago) Permalink

(Thinking about it more, I don't think I ever had a hometown oldies station that played "Searchin'" much, if at all. Really don't think I ever heard "Young Blood" on one of those stations either.)

timellison, Saturday, 27 November 2010 03:07 (3 years ago) Permalink

I think the Coasters begin and end with "Yakety Yak" and "Charlie Brown" on most any oldies station. I may have heard a couple of others once. You'd never hear "Riot" in a million years.

clemenza, Saturday, 27 November 2010 03:21 (3 years ago) Permalink

I have a huge huge soft spot for "Idol With The Golden Head," and it's kind of hard not to vote for "Yakety Yak," but I want to rep for "What About Us," which is due for a big revive or a high-profile cover or something. Really great delivery on every single line. It's also a pretty good premise for a song not often-used: sad sacks commiserate together about how they're both broke and unsuccessful with women.

He's with a beautiful chick
Every night of the week (Pretty slick!)
We're two, poor, hung-up souls
Girls won't touch with ten-foot poles.

They amp up their troubles so much that it's comical, but you laugh with them, not at them - they're the underdogs, making the most of their bad luck. I guess you could also extrapolate some race/class commentary too, probably was read that way by some portion of its original audience too.

He's got a car made of SUEDE
With a black-leather top (Got it made...)
If we go out on DATES
we go in a BOX on roller SKATES

Definitely recommended to anybody who doesn't know it.

Doctor Casino, Saturday, 27 November 2010 05:55 (3 years ago) Permalink

my favorite band.

hipity-hopity muzik ftw! (Ioannis), Saturday, 27 November 2010 18:18 (3 years ago) Permalink

Their rendition of 'Love Potion #9' is the best one I've heard:

Moka, Saturday, 27 November 2010 19:21 (3 years ago) Permalink

Charlie Brown is funny

zeus, Saturday, 27 November 2010 19:22 (3 years ago) Permalink

I know everything through "Along Came Jones" on this list really well, then after that I only know "Poison Ivy". (Did they leave Atlantic around that time? I know the ones I do from the massive Atlantic box set.) While I'd like to rep for something less huge like "Down In Mexico", I voted for "Yakety Yak".

Euler, Saturday, 27 November 2010 19:31 (3 years ago) Permalink

you need to hear the rest. I'm a Hog for You, Run Red Run and Shoppin' for Clothes all classic.

gospodin simmel, Monday, 29 November 2010 17:25 (3 years ago) Permalink

Love this stuff so much. Of the ones above, "Riot..." but can I just:

The animal magnetism of Tim Pawlenty (Dan Peterson), Monday, 29 November 2010 17:32 (3 years ago) Permalink

killer song. Anyone heard the 50 Coastin' Classics compilation? Is it as good as it should be?

gospodin simmel, Monday, 29 November 2010 21:10 (3 years ago) Permalink

At least half of "50 Coastin' Classics" is absolutely perfect, as far as I remember.

pauls00, Monday, 29 November 2010 21:41 (3 years ago) Permalink

Down in Mexico.

'He wears a red bandana, he plays a cool piana, in a honky-tonk down in Mexico'

They make it sound like heaven.

sonofstan, Monday, 29 November 2010 22:27 (3 years ago) Permalink

It's jaw dropping. But I hate it when Tarantino does the pop archeology for all the lazy kids.

gospodin simmel, Monday, 29 November 2010 22:38 (3 years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Thursday, 9 December 2010 00:01 (3 years ago) Permalink

"You're father's hip, he knows what cooks."

Stop Non-Erotic Cabaret (Abbbottt), Thursday, 9 December 2010 04:24 (3 years ago) Permalink

Please don't let me be the lone Yakety Yak vote ...

BlackIronPrison, Thursday, 9 December 2010 04:26 (3 years ago) Permalink

Anyone heard the 50 Coastin' Classics compilation? Is it as good as it should be?

It's a great as it should be. Surprised you didn't poll that.

Of these, very easily "What About Us." And come to think of it, of the 50, "What About Us."

Kevin John Bozelka, Thursday, 9 December 2010 04:29 (3 years ago) Permalink

It's jaw dropping. But I hate it when Tarantino does the pop archeology for all the lazy kids.

― gospodin simmel, Monday, November 29, 2010 5:38 PM (1 week ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

What Tarantino movie had the Coasters on the soundtrack?

people for the slutty/common/american way (kkvgz), Thursday, 9 December 2010 12:47 (3 years ago) Permalink

Death Proof

gospodin simmel, Thursday, 9 December 2010 17:54 (3 years ago) Permalink

At least half of "50 Coastin' Classics" is absolutely perfect, as far as I remember.

― pauls00

At least 80%, if you ask me. (And, curiously, there's actually 51 tracks on that collection. And it's not like there's a hidden bonus track or anything - all 51 are listed on the cover. And I've definitely mentioned that discrepancy at least once here, so zero search results is kinda puzzling...)

Anyways, "Run Red Run" for me. And I wish I could've voted for "Framed" or "One Kiss Led To Another" or "The Hatchet Man". Or "What Is The Secret of Your Success?", which I think does "What About Us?" one better. But it's all good anyways.

Canadian Club & Dr. Pepper (Myonga Vön Bontee), Thursday, 9 December 2010 22:16 (3 years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Friday, 10 December 2010 00:01 (3 years ago) Permalink

shit, no votes for Searchin'. Xgau would be pissed

gospodin simmel, Friday, 10 December 2010 03:06 (3 years ago) Permalink

1 year passes...

Surprised "Hog" didn't get any love in this - - it's been in regular rotation at the local monthly retro singles dance party and I sort of started thinking of it as a universally beloved classic. I love it anytime the Coasters (or any old rock act, really) start name-checking junk food.

Doctor Casino, Saturday, 28 April 2012 05:17 (2 years ago) Permalink


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