Mud

Oh Boy

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After eight U.K. hit singles, all but two of which stormed the Top Ten, Mud had established themselves as the most successful graduates yet of the Nicky Chinn/Mike Chapman songwriting factory -- in terms of chart statistics, even the Sweet trailed in their wake. It was a major surprise, then, when it was revealed that their next single was to be an old Buddy Holly cover. Although the band had long been prone to rearranging the hits of yesteryear, they had hitherto confined their experiments to album tracks and B-sides. This was simply their most successful yet -- brilliantly built around a somber drum beat, ensemble vocals, doo-woppish harmonies, and even a spoken word section, "Oh Boy" ranks among the most skillful revisions of any Holly original.

Nevertheless, "Oh Boy" was never conceived as a single. Rather, having completed an a cappella version of the Marcels' "Blue Moon," the band decided to make a similar assault on "Oh Boy" for inclusion on their Mud Rock, Vol. 2 sophomore album. The band's decision to leave the Chinn & Chapman stable after three years, however, saw "Oh Boy" shoved onto the singles schedule as a stopgap -- and stun everyone by soaring to number one in May 1975, displacing the Bay City Rollers in the process. It remained at the top for two weeks, Mud's final chart-topper, but certainly one of their most memorable records ever.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Let's Have a Party: The Best of Mud 1990
Mud
EMI Music Distribution 2:53
Buddy's Buddys: The Buddy Holly Songbook 1993
Various Artists
Alex
Stardust: Glam, Vol. 1 1994
Various Artists
Stardust Records 2:53
The Gold Collection 1996
Mud
EMI Music Distribution 0:00
1975: 20 Original Chart Hits 1997
Various Artists
EMI / CDCard Company 2:55
The Singles '67-'78 1997
Mud
Repertoire 2:52
The Very Best of Mud 1998
Mud
EMI / Parlophone / Warner Music 2:53
Mud Rock/Mud Rock, Vol. 2 1998
Mud
Beat Goes On 2:55
The Story of Mud 1998
Mud
Digimode Entertainment 2:56
No Image 1999
Various Artists
Crimson Productions
Wow That Was the 70's 1999
Various Artists
Disky Communications 2:52
Best of the 70's 2000
Mud
Disky 2:52
Totally Number 1 Hits of the 70's 2001
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:53
Singles 2002
Mud
BR Music 2:53
Everyone's a Winner: 60 Original No. 1's 2004
Various Artists
Empire Triples 2:53
Everyone's A Winner: 20 Original No. 1's [CD2] 2004
Various Artists
Disky 2:53
Number 1 Pop Collection 2004
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:55
A's, B's and Rarities 2005
Mud
EMI / EMI Music Distribution 2:52
This Is 1975 2008
Various Artists
EMD Int'l 2:52
Jackie: Love Songs [2010] 2010
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution / UMTV 2:52
15 Classic Tracks: Mud
Mud
Parlophone / Warner Music 2:53
Greatest Hits
Mud
EMI Music Distribution