Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The Novas - The Crusher


Reginald Lisowski (July 11, 1926 – October 22, 2005) was an American professional wrestler, better known by his ring name, The Crusher (sometimes Crusher Lisowski to distinguish him from other Crushers, such as Crusher Blackwell).

In 1964, the Minneapolis-based garage rock band The Novas wrote a song dedicated to him called "The Crusher", with lead singer Bob Nolan imitating the raunchy voice of Crusher Lisowski (and his trademark yell at the beginning of the record). The tune, which included the lyrics "Do the hammer lock, you turkeynecks!" was popular in the upper Midwest and made it to #88 on the national Billboard chart. It was later covered by The Cramps on their album Psychedelic Jungle. The song has received a resurgence of popularity in recent years, as David Letterman has often played it on his late-night talk show. The Ramones released "The Crusher" paying tribute to Lisowski on their last studio recorded album, Adios Amigos.

The Novas - The Crusher

9 comments:

Rockin' Jeff said...

One of my all time favorites... This might be thee greatest song ever etched into a piece of vinyl.

mrpoopy said...

I had no idea this was on Parrot. Never ran across a copy of this. I wonder if they got to share the stage with Engelbert Humperdink.

Devil Dick said...

i heard they used to do ludes and pound beers together?!?!!!!!!!!

Jerry Lee said...

Listen up you pencil neck geeks!! Reggie may be The Crusher, but there's only one KING OF MEN, and that's the great Fred Blassie!! Thanks Dick, great tune!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNM4atakanI

Live in concert!!-
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibURjW1tFDY

splash said...

Thanks for this one - a real classic. Orange Parrot label -
seems I recall a black background.
Maybe that was the LP labels (Savoy Brown is the one in mind).

Do hope you are healing/healed from
da doctors.

enjoy your burrito
splash

Jeff said...

Found this while looking for something else (your long-ago Boyce and Hart post with a shout-out to our mutual friend Larry Grogan). Long time no hear. Still sounds great. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Hi boys and girls! I went to high school(Edina, Mn.) with Jeff Raymond who was the drummer for the Novas. Soon after the release and success of "The Crusher", Jeff was tooling around town in his new white convertible. I also had the pleasure of watching the real Crusher battle Vern Gagne in many a match both live and on TV in the Twin Cities!

Devil Dick said...

thanks for stopping in!!!! that is awesome!!!
cheers!
dd

Anonymous said...

I always thought this was the inspiration for all the cookie monster metal vocals to come.