I Want My Baby Back

Album: Songs Of Teen Tragedy (1965)
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Songfacts®:

  • This song was originally released in 1965. It was re-released, unofficially, in 1978, after being voted the worst record of all time on Capital Radio's The World's Worst Wireless Show, the brainchild of zany DJ Kenny Everett.
  • The song is a parody of the well known teen ballad "Leader Of The Pack." It is about a youth whose girlfriend is killed in a motor accident. At the end, he opens the coffin lid and climbs in with her. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England, for above 2

Comments: 5

  • Allen from Newark,, CaThe song is not only a parody of a car wreck song, its a parody of two car wreck songs, the lyrics and music are much more in parody to J. Frank Wilsons song "The Last Kiss" in which a guy and his gal
    "were out on a date, in my dady's car, we hadn't driven very far ,, there in the road streight ahead a car was stalled , the engine was dead so I swerved to the right i'll never forget the sounds that night >>>>" etc. I think it was genius that he combined both of these tearjerkers into one parady
  • Paul from Sydney, AustraliaSo many songs in the sixties that are tragic. At least Ebony Eyes had an "answer song" by The Beverley Sisters called Flight 1203 where because of her cab being held up in heavy traffic she missed the flight so didn't die after all. I'm running a course starting in May for people over 50 on the music of the fifties and sixties. Will certainly be giving them a listen to and information on the tear jerkers of the sixties.
  • Ted from Phoenix, AzIt may be sick humor, but I still thoroughly enjoy this "Leader of the Pack," parody--infact, I like this one much better than the Detergents' "Leader of the Laundromat," which was
    out at roughly the same time. My favorite lines were (1) when the narrator says he couldn't use his brakes, because he didn't have any to start with (a car without brakes? Yikes!); and (2) after the crash when the narrator points out where he sees the leader, the leader's pack, and the three different places where his "baby" ended up (I guess he must have been driving a roadster).
  • Aimee from Warren, MiThis was one of my favorite songs as a kid. I had the 45 and wish I still did. Parody songs are the spice of life. Maybe if people took life and themselves less seriously, the world really would be a better place.
  • Landon from Winchester, OhHow can someone make a parody for a car wreck song? Seriously, Jimmy Cross is lame.
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