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Vinyl Vic's Rare & Obscure Answer Records, Vol. 11

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"Answer records" were once staples of the pop charts, novelty tunes that offered upside-down perspectives on the lyrics of well-known hits. While a handful of answer records were major hits in the '50s and '60s, many more failed to chart, and this installment in this series compiled by record collector Vinyl Vic offers 31 little-heard records inspired by other pop records with which you're familiar. Vinyl Vic's Rare & Obscure Answer Records, Vol. 11 includes two different takeoffs on Chuck Berry's "Maybellene" (Mercy Dee's "Come Back Maybellene" and Rayvon Darnell's "Don't Want You Maybelline"); "I Can Never Eat at Home Anymore," a Shangri-Las satire from the Detergents (whose "Leader of the Laundromat" parodied the same girl group); a pre-fame Joe Tex making fun of the Coasters on "Charlie Brown Got Expelled"; Della Reese offering a new look at one of Neil Diamond's early hits with "Solitary Woman"; the Royal Teens answering themselves as "Short Shorts" gives way to a new fashion trend, "Leotards"; and many more.

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