Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Let's All Dance the Egyptian Shumba!


I couldn't have said it better myself! See, http://www.geocities.com/antlion7/tammys.htm
. You can hear the whole blessed 2:15 thing here (scroll 3/4 of the way down the page):http://oldeez.741.com/.

Egyptian Shumba was a local Top 15 hit in Pittsburgh and a Top 30 in Cleveland, at a time when the world was too busy with the British Invasion to think Egyptian (1964). Too bad, coz, when you get a song with head splitting drums, a snake charmin’ clarinet and three girls barking on all fours like wolverines, singing “I wanna dance—AAAHH!” with urgency, well, rock can’t get much better without a kegger.
~ Serene Dominic, Detroit Metro Times

Egyptian Shumba starts
“Shimmy Shimmy Shimmy Shy-Yi Meece-E-Deece. Last night I dreamed I was on the Nile...” and descends into apocalyptic shrieking over a beach blanket beat. It’s hard to tell if it’s tongue-in-cheek or just a little unhinged. The clever money’s on both.
~ Bob Stanley, MOJO

Quite simply the Tammys' Egyptian Shumba sounds like a hyped-up B-52's - two decades before there was a B-52's. The song is a glorious, over-the-top dance song that could inspire a John Waters movie. With female hormones in overdrive, the Tammys scream, wheeze and shout at the song's nearly orgasmic finale in one of the wildest songs of the girl-group era.
Grade: A-
~ Wayne Bledsoe, Knoxville News-Sentinel


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