Johnny Tigs Picks the Greatest Songs of All Time Part 6: Michael Hurley, The Unholy Model Rounders, Jeffrey Frederick & the Clamtones – Midnight In Paris

The opening track to one of my top 5 of all time, desert island, if a meteor hit tomorrow and I was the only survivor- found a record player and a shit ton of records all in perfect condition what would I look for and/or play first albums (Have Moicy!, of course) is straight up fun. Bohemian country bluegrass hippie fun. Since I can’t find lyrics to most of the songs off of Have Moicy! anywhere each time one of the songs shows up (and they all will) on this list I’ll transcribe the lyrics to the best of my ability. Peter Stampfel’s singing is so completely discernible from everyone elses singing, and not just on this album. You may not notice the difference in the three other lead male singers on the album, but whenever Stampfel sings a song, you know it’s him. Con Conrad’s and Herb Magidson’s “Midnight in Paris” never sound so…snock:

Sweet is the madness of midnight in Paris, cherie Hearts are young love is free Won’t you share love with me
Toujours l’amour
Though hearts are in danger at midnight in Paris, cherie
What’s to be is to be
Won’t you share it with me?
Toujours l’amour
You wear my beret and I’ll use your bidet, cherie
I’ll be clean you’ll be free
Oh how happy we’ll be
Toujours l’amour
Wine will be flowing till chickens are crowing, cherie
If you just say, “oui oui”
You can share it with me
Toujours l’amour
Come live the daring bohemian life in Paris
Life is short art is long
Every day is a song
Toujours l’amour
Life in a garret
Is great if you dare it, cherie
If you just say, “oui oui”
You can share it with me
Toujours l’a oh! pick it (?)
Sweet is the madness of midnight in Paris, cherie
Hearts are young love is free
Won’t you share love with me
Toujours l’amour
Though hearts are in danger at midnight in Paris, cherie
What’s to be is to be
Won’t you share it with me?

You know those songs that just put you into a good mood? You just listen and you laugh. Give it a chance. You may never stop listening

2 thoughts on “Johnny Tigs Picks the Greatest Songs of All Time Part 6: Michael Hurley, The Unholy Model Rounders, Jeffrey Frederick & the Clamtones – Midnight In Paris

  1. Apart from the obviously Stampfel songs, the only Jeffrey Fredericks songs on HM are Jacknife/Red Newt and Robbin’ Banks, which means everything else is Michael Hurley.
    The lyrics to M in P are correct. I once heard Stampfel screw it up and sing “You’ll wear my bidet, and I’ll use your beret…”
    This is also easily one of my desert island discs, which is not hard to guess since I started a Rounders/Hurley e-mail list and group in the early 90s called have_moicy.
    I can answer pretty much anything about these dudes.

  2. That is amazing! Where and when was the last time you saw Stampfel play? Thank you for confirming the lyrics of M in P for me and thanks for reading and commenting! Do you have a blog, I’d love to read it and link to it from here

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