Symarip

Skinhead Moonstomp

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On July 20, 1969, the world followed the trajectory of the Eagle lunar module, eagerly awaiting its landing and for Neil Armstrong to take that giant leap for mankind. And within weeks, two remarkably similar songs were recorded celebrating this milestone of exploration -- Derrick Morgan's "Moon Hop" and Symarip's "Skinhead Moonstomp." "Hop" was first off the launch pad, and although Symarip swore "Moonstomp" was created independently, their disingenuous denials were met by Morgan's indignant cries of "Copy Cat." And while "Hop" bounded into the U.K. chart, it was "Moonstomp" that leapt to iconoclastic status. Both melodies were the same, as was the anthemic chorus of "yeah, yeah, yeah"s, but Symarip added screeching guitar effects and boots-and-braces lyrics guaranteed to send the skinheads into a skanking fury. Incidentally, the song's intro invitation to skinheads everywhere -- "I want all you skinheads to get up on your feet/Put your braces together and your boots on your feet/And give me some of that old moonstomping" -- was adapted from Sam & Dave's "Thank You." There was only one problem for "Moonstomp": the band, currently monikered the Pyramids, was unhappily under contract to President Records. Which is why they cut the number for Graham Goodall of Doctor Bird, and were forced to hide their identity behind the anagram alias of Symarip (Pyramids almost backwards). So popular was Symarip's single with the skins that 5,000 copies sold on the first day of its release, and the band immediately recorded an album in its wake, titled after "Moonstomp," of course. The album's lemon-yellow cover with artwork of a pair of Doc Martins striding boldly across the moon said it all.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Skinhead Moonstomp 1969 Sanctuary 3:05
Ska Madness! 2010
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 3:00