Trash film director John Waters put his name on the map with Pink Flamingos, his first feature to get past midnight-showing, art-house cult status. But beating at the heart and soul of this movie is Waters' impeccable taste as a connoisseur of the warped and demented side of American roots music. He refers to this genre in the liner notes as "filth" music, "aggressively shabby, technically primitive, and always sexually ironic." And the soundtrack of what some will argue as being his first great movie lays that love for that kind of racket on a wide-open platter that embraces everything from obnoxious instrumentals like "Chicken Grabber" by the Nite Hawks to "How Much Is That Doggie In the Window" by Patti Page and beyond. Loud, spiky instrumentals like Link Wray and His Ray Men's "The Swag," the Tyrones' "Pink Champagne" and "Intoxica" by the Centurions sit comfortably in the mix next to rhythm & blues rockers and doo wop from LaVern Baker ("Jim Dandy"), the Robins ("Riot In Cell Block #9"), Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers' ("I'm Not a Juvenile Delinquent"), the Tune Weavers ("Happy, Happy Birthday Baby") and Little Richard ("The Girl Can't Help It"). Throw "Surfin' Bird" by the Trashmen and Bill Haley and the Comets' "Ooh! Look-a There, Ain't She Pretty" into this wild musical melange (the Patti Page track closes the compilation, sounding incredibly campy and incongruous, Waters' intentions exactly) and you truly have a soundtrack with few rivals in the arcane, the wild and the woolly departments.
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AllMusic Review by Cub Koda