Thursday, July 10, 2008
Gettin' Wiggy With It!
The Ideals - Go Get a Wig
Regular readers of this blog may have noticed that my posting schedule has been pretty erratic lately. I'm in the process of studying for my bar exam and tending to other matters, so for the rest of this month my postings will probably be a bit more sporadic. Stick with me, though!
The Ideals made their mark in the history of Chicago soul by jumping on the "monkey" craze with their 1963 Cortland 45 "Gorilla" and the 1966 follow-up, "Go Go Gorilla" on Satellite, but the group, whose membership included Major Lance (in the early days of the group) and Robert Tharp (who would later be one-half of Tom and Jerrio, of "Boo-Ga-Loo" fame), had some other fine records, including today's selection. I first heard part of the 1965 St. Lawrence single "Go Get a Wig" on a WVON aircheck as part of an ad for - you guessed it - a wig shop, but the entire song is a delightful Coasters-styled groover featuring fine harmony work by the group that is almost a throwback to '50s doo-wop.