Moon Hop

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"Moon Hop"
Single by Derrick Morgan
A-side "Moon Hop"
B-side "Harris Wheel" (Reggaeites)[1]
Released 1969[1]
Format Vinyl, 7", Single[1]
Genre Reggae[1]
Label Crab Records[1]
Songwriter(s) Derrick Morgan (Moon Hop)[1]
Joe Willis (Harris Wheel)[1]

"Moon Hop" is a 1969 single by Derrick Morgan. Backed with the Reggaeites' "Harris Wheel", it reached #49 on the UK Singles Chart. The British Afro-Caribbean ska and reggae band Symarip covered "Moon Hop" as "Skinhead Moonstomp"; whilst unsuccessful on first release, in the wake of the 2 Tone revolution it was re-issued and charted at #54.

Background[edit]

"Moon Hop" was written to commemorate the July 20, 1969 landing of the Apollo Lunar Module on the moon.[2] The British Afro-Caribbean ska and reggae band Syramip's version, Skinhead Moonstomp, was written shortly afterwards and although they claimed that there was no relation between the songs, this was not accepted, causing Derrick to cry "copy cat".[2] Their version includes a vocal introduction of "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" which was based on Sam & Dave's "Thank You", screeching guitar and lyrics written with the intent of appealing to skinheads. Initially, they wrote the song for Graeme Goodall due to contractual binding; they were under contract to President Records as "The Pyramids", and bowdlerized their identity by renaming themselves "Syramip", near enough "Pyramids" backwards. When released for the first time, Moonstomp sold 5,000 copies, and named their album after it.[2]

Chart performance[edit]

"Moon Hop" was the first version to chart on the UK Singles Chart; backed with the Reggaeites' "Harris Wheel", it spent a week at #49 in January 1970.[3] Although Syramip's version didn't chart on first release, it was re-released ten years later in 1980 in the wake of the 2 Tone revolution, and spent three weeks on the UK Singles Chart in 1980.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Derrick Morgan/Reggaeites - Moon Hop/Harris Wheel". Discogs. 
  2. ^ a b c "Skinhead Moonstomp". AllMusic. 
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 379. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  4. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 544. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.