Beat Generation " -- Beatnik tributes and caricatures never quite go out of style. Spike Jones spoofed of hipsters repeatedly, and "Beat Generation" was a s beatploitation flick starring Mamie Van Doren who sings the title tune. A more reverent anthem by that title was covered notably in by San Diego's heroic Beat Farmers.
Jazz is the "beatific" music of Kerouac, after all. While the Beats may not have appreciated every latterday caricature, undoubtedly they dug at least Babs Gonzales, Slim Gaillard, Al Collins, and the like. All of whom followed Cab Calloway, who no doubt followed others. Credit Juliette Black Sabbath - Technical Ecstasy for the all-black costume and Dizzy Gillespie for the goatee and beret.
But it was class cutups Babs and Slim who laid down the swinging vibe of the "house rent party. Oddly enough, the legacy of beatnik records contains a strong fairy-tale groove -- jive versions of the Brothers Grimm tales, that is. Steve Allen and disc jockey Al Collins famous for The Purple Onion shows and later for work on the AMC television channel revisited the theme at least three times in three different decades.
Perhaps the fascination with fables has something to do with the childlike wonder of the Beats, the rejection of all things square and adult, and poetry. Beatnik characters abound in s film and television, starting with Bob Denver as Maynard G. Krebs on the show "Dobie Gillis. John Smorgasbord - Rune Overman With Arne Bills Orchestra* - Smorgasbord use of Pia Zadora in beret and black reduced pseudo-sophisticated stereotype to ultimate pop inanity. In a late revival of beatnikphilia, "Pee Wee's Playhouse" featured a puppet beatnik jazz combo whose role was mainly speaking.
Hipsterism abounds in jazz and American music generally, but strict-beatnikism has some parallels in a few other key places. Obviously, the Last Poets and other "Black Power Rap" artists of the late s and early s owe a debt to both their jazz-age forebears and the more immediate influence of the Beats and hippies. For that matter, the so-called hippies of the s began with a put-down "hippie" for hangers-on, also-rans, and latecomers to the San Francisco Beat scene.
Apart from cultural legacies, other music and speech idioms bear strong similarities to beatnikism. Trucker records, especially ones from the CB era, emphasize unique patois and frequently outlaw themes. The same is true of calypso and there are calypsos about beatniks.
And once in awhile the dominant culture rock, television, movies, advertising tries to be hip. Don Morrow's album also is as significant as it is sensational. For speech: Lord Buckley! Lord Smorgasbord - Rune Overman With Arne Bills Orchestra* - Smorgasbord Euphoria Vol. Arthur Rank's label. Spike Jones in Stereo; Warner Bros.
XS; Where's Alpert? Various: Black California, Vol. Various: Jazz Canto Vol. Various: Las Vegas Grind Vol. Herby Widmaier. William S. Bud Roman's Glendora. Cecil Young Progressive Quartet, Vol.
Norman Granz; reissued on LP.
F.O.U. (New Religion) - Swimming The Nile - Swimming The Nile (Vinyl, Album), Shoot On Sight [S.O.S.] - Various - Wu Trax On Wax, OJays* - Emotionally Yours (VHS), Три Зимы - Various - Фабрика Звезд Братьев Меладзе. The Best.