Little Roger and the Goosebumps
|Little Roger and the Goosebumps|
|Genres||Pop music, Comedy music|
|Years active||1973–1983, 2006|
Little Roger and the Goosebumps is a pop/rock band from San Francisco active during the 1970s and early 1980s and resurrected in 2006. It has been led throughout its history by Roger Clark and Dick Bright, with various sidemen.
The band is best known for its single "Gilligan's Island (Stairway)", a song combining the lyrics to the theme song of the television show Gilligan's Island with the music of "Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zeppelin. The band wrote the song in 1977 as "material to pad the last set of the grueling 5 nights a week/4 sets a night routine," recorded it in March 1978, and released it as a single in May 1978 on their own Splash Records label. Within five weeks, Led Zeppelin's lawyers threatened to sue them and demanded that any remaining copies of the recording be destroyed. The song was reissued in 2000 on the CD Laguna Tunes with the song title renamed "Stairway to Gilligan's Island."
The band recorded their next single, "Kennedy Girl" (based on Neil Young's "Cinnamon Girl"), in 1980, then waited over a quarter-century before producing their debut album They Hate Us Cuz We're Beautiful, featuring new recordings of 14 songs drawn from three decades of original material.
Their single "Fudd on the Hill," essentially a performance of "Fool on the Hill" as performed by Elmer Fudd, was included on the novelty compilation album The Rhino Brothers Present the World's Worst Records, Volume 2.
- Stairway to Gilligan's Island from gilligansisle.com, a Gilligan Island fansite. The source for the title of the song comes from this image of the single on that fansite.
- Seal, Mark. The Man in the Rockefeller Suit. Plume, 2012, paperback ed. pp 322.
- They Hate Us Cuz We're Beautiful @ Pop Plus One website
- Roger Clark interview from The Monthly