Rick Derringer

Rock & Roll, Hoochie Koo

Composed by Rick Derringer

Song Review by

"Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo" is dumb. Defiantly dumb, even. There's not much to the song outside of a pile-driving, pummeling riff, delivered in Rick Derringer's hit version with the subtlety of a sledgehammer, plus some bloozy clich├ęs and a couple of big hooks. Of course, that's all that's really needed for a good rock & roll song -- and that's what "Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo" is. It's a good, fun rock & roll song. It's not a great song, but it does make for a good record. Derringer's recording was the kind of radio staple that basically didn't encourage covers, outside of the years immediately following its release, when his colleagues Johnny Winter, Edgar Winter, and even Suzi Quatro gave it a go. In the decades since, the song has dated a little bit -- it now sounds like the excess of '70s hard rock, impossible to be heard outside of a '70s stadium or classic rock radio -- but as that kind of recording, it's pretty fun.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
All American Boy 1973 Blue Sky 3:42
No Image 1974
Various Artists
Incentive
Masters of Metal: Crankin' up 1970-1980 1989
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels 3:42
Hard Rockin' 70s [Priority] 1991
Various Artists
Priority Records
Seventies Greatest Rock Hits, Vol. 11: Heavy Hi 1991
Various Artists
Priority Records
Rock of the 70's, Vol. 3 1992
Various Artists
DCC Compact Classics 3:42
No Image 1995
Various Artists
Arsenal 5:38
No Image 1995
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:42
Required Rocking 1996 Sony Music Distribution 3:42
Platinum Rock, Vol. 2 1996
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:42
Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo: The Best of Rick Derringer 1996 Sony Music Distribution 3:43
Power Chords, Vol. 2 1997
Various Artists
Hip-O
Crankin' Up 1997
Various Artists
Essex
Easyriders, Vol. 1 1997
Various Artists
Thump Records 2:58
King Biscuit Flower Hour 1998 King Biscuit Entertainment 8:25
70s Heavy Hitters: Arena Rockers 1970-1974 1998
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:44
Songs You Know by Heart: Feel Good Rock 1998
Various Artists
Unison
Rock Anthems [K-Tel] 1998
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution
Champions of Rock-n-Roll, Vol. 2: Stud Rock - Rock Me 1998
Various Artists
Simitar Distribution 2:56
Ultimate Driving Collection: Highway Rockin' 1998
Various Artists
Chronicles / Polygram 3:43
Greatest Rock: All-Time Classics, Vol. 2 1998
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:42
Best of the Best: 25 Years of Rock 1998
Various Artists
King Biscuit Entertainment 3:56
Guitar Rock: Heavy Favorites 1998
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Time/Life Music 3:45
Greatest Hits of the 70s [Box Set #2] 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 3:43
Rock 'N Rolls Greatest Hits 70s 2000
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 3:43
Greatest Hits of the 70's, Vol.12 2000
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 3:43
A Year in Your Life: 1974, Vol. 1 2001
Various Artists
Definitive 3:43
Mullets Rock! 2003
Various Artists
Epic 3:43
Top Hits of the Seventies: Chart Toppers 2003
Various Artists
Collectables 3:44
Super Hits of the '70s: Have a Nice Day, Vol. 12
Various Artists
Rhino 3:46
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