The Little Black Egg
|"The Little Black Egg"|
|Song by The Nightcrawlers|
|Genre||Folk rock, Bubblegum pop, Garage rock|
"The Little Black Egg" is a song first performed by Daytona Beach, Florida garage band The Nightcrawlers in 1965. It reached number 85 on the Billboard charts in 1967, and has been since covered by multiple artists including The Lemonheads, Tarnation and The Cars. It was The Nightcrawlers' only hit.
Allmusic review Matthew Greenwald describes the song as a "slightly bizarre nursery rhyme", with lyrics about a rotten bird's egg. The song was originally recorded in 1965 by sound engineer Lee Hazen and released on Hazen's record label Lee Records; the 1965 release became a regional hit in The Nightcrawlers' home state of Florida and in the Midwest. The song was re-released on Kapp Records in 1966 and charted nationally (reaching number 85 on Billboard's Top Pop Singles chart) the following year.
Ohio punk band The Pagans recorded the song in the late 1970s. In 1981, during recording sessions for Shake It Up, members of The Cars recorded a version featuring Ric Ocasek on lead vocals. The song was later stripped of Ocasek's vocals and re-sung by fashion model Bebe Buell, whom Ocasek had befriended. The version with Buell's vocals was included on her 1981 EP Covers Girl; the Cars' version was released on 1995's Just What I Needed anthology.
Other recordings of "The Little Black Egg" include a 1991 version by The Primitives, released on their Galore album; a 1993 version by The Lemonheads, released on their Into Your Arms CD single; a 1966 version by The Music Explosion featuring lead singer Jamie Lyons, available on their Anthology CD; and a 1997 version by the Paula Frazer-led country band Tarnation, released on their Mirador album. Allmusic reviewer Stephen Thomas Erlewine described the Tarnation version of "The Little Black Egg" as a highlight of Mirador.
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