Johnny Get Angry

Album: Girl Group Greats (1962)
Charted: 7
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  • Johnny, I said we were through
    Just to see what you would do
    You stood there and hung your head
    Made me wish that I were dead

    Oh, Johnny get angry, Johnny get mad
    Give me the biggest lecture I ever had
    I want a brave man, I want a cave man
    Johnny, show me that you care, really care for me

    Every time you danced with me
    You let freddy cut in constantly
    When he'd ask, you'd never speak
    Must you always be so meek?

    Oh, Johnny get angry, Johnny get mad
    Give me the biggest lecture I ever had
    I want a brave man, I want a cave man
    Johnny, show me that you care, really care for me

    Every girl wants someone who
    She can always look up to
    You know I love you, of course
    Let me know that you're the boss

    Oh, Johnny get angry, Johnny get mad
    Give me the biggest lecture I ever had
    I want a brave man, I want a cave man
    Johnny, show me that you care, really care for me

    Johnny, care for me, Johnny
    Johnny, Johnny, Johnny, Johnny Writer/s: Hal David, Sherman Edwards
    Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group, MUSIC SALES CORPORATION, BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT US, LLC
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 10

  • AnonymousI never thought about deeply analyzing the singer and Johnny's relationship. I thought the lyrics were enjoyably ridiculous, and the kazoo break a tipoff that the makers of the record were in on the joke.
  • Steve from UsaFound this song by Googling "spanish songs about domestic violence," LOL. It's not in Spanish and I don't think it's about domestic violence. That's kind of the point--Johnny isn't as angry as the singer would like.

    Messed-up? Yes. Violent--his fault? No. Doesn't sound like she's doing anything physical, either. I could get very long-winded, but not much else is coming to mind, so I'll wrap it up.

    Humans and the situations we get into are so much more nuanced than any pamphlet (of any political opinion) would tell you.
  • AnonymousWho’s idea was it to play a gazoo on the music part?
  • Nancy from SeattleWho wrote these song "facts", that are just basically opinions? While the music and instruments used are rather bizarre, even for the 60s, the lyrics are not. Anyone listen to Amy Winehouse "Stronger Than Me"? Its from mid 2000's and of a similar vein. The subject of the lyrics in this song is not emotionally masochistic, merely wanting her man to show he cares enough about her to get upset about something once in a while. She breaks up and he is not upset, other guys dance with her and he doesn't mind, so she assumes then he doesn't actually care much about her, but she wants him to. Logical.
  • Babbling Babette from Tulsa OkYes, this is rather a bizarre hit considering it rose to #7 back in 1962 (the year of dance-crazes, surf music, hot rod music, Chubby Checker, Elvis, the Crystals & the Beach Boys). My oldest brother lived thru the Sixties & after he died in 2010 I found this 45 rpm single in his huge record collection. It looked brand-new & never played! The tune is sort of childish. It's a mystery to me how it became a hit in 1962. But I wasn't born way back then. My Dad, who's still alive, says he recalls Joanie Sommers as "the Pepsi Girl" in the early 60s & from some TV guest shots. He thought she was a real dimwit though. Thank goodness they don't have many songs like this any more!
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn May 20th 1962, "Johnny Get Angry" by Joanie Sommers entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #95; eight weeks later on July 15h, 1962 it would peak at #7 {for 1 week} and it stayed on the chart for 14 weeks...
    She had two other Top 100 records; "One Boy" {#54 in 1960} and "When the Boys Get Together" {#94 in 1962}...
    Ms. Sommers, born Joan Drost, will celebrate her 75th birthday come next February 24th {2016}.
  • Bruce from Philadelphia, Pa"...and was also a perpetual game show contestant..."
    Nope, that was Brett Somers (one M), not Joanie. Brett was married to Jack Klugman and was a fixture on quiz shows, especially Match Game, during the 60s and 70s. Joanie is credited with a week's worth of appearances on Hollywood Squares in 1967, however.
  • Ted from Brazville, American Samoa"Should we rush in with therapists and medications to treat the dysfunctional people? " It might help you.
  • Neal from Fayetteville, Nc, NcJoanie Summers was the Pepsi girl in the early 60's. On radio and TV, we were bombarded with the Pepsi jingle, sung by Joanie to the tune of "Makin Whoopie."

    "Now It's Pepsi.........For Those Who Think Young."
  • Christopher from Charlotte, NcWhat's this trash about this song being about child abuse or domestic violence? It's a SONG and that's all!!!!
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