The Wild Tchoupitoulas (album)

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The Wild Tchoupitoulas
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Studio album by The Wild Tchoupitoulas
Released 1976
Recorded Sea-Saint Recording Studios, New Orleans
Genre Mardi Gras Indian music
Length 35:15
Label Mango
Producer Allen Toussaint, Marshall Sehorn, Art Neville, Charles Neville
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic5/5 stars[1]
Robert ChristgauA[2]

The Wild Tchoupitoulas is a 1976 album by the New Orleans Mardi Gras Indian tribe The Wild Tchoupitoulas.

The album features the "call-and-response" style chants typical of Mardi Gras Indians. Vocals were provided by George Landry, as "Big Chief Jolly", as well as other members of his Mardi Gras tribe. Instrumentation was provided in part by members of the New Orleans band The Meters. The album also notably features Landry's nephews, the Neville Brothers, providing harmonies and some of the instrumentation. While not a commercial success, the effort was well received critically and the experience recording it encouraged the four Neville brothers to perform together for the first time as a group. Meaningful of the geographic location of New Orleans as a Caribbean city, "Meet de Boys on the Battlefront" is based on the melody and rhythm of Trinidadian calypso artist Lord Invader's 1943 "Rum and Coca Cola" made famous in the U.S. by The Andrews Sisters in 1944.[3][4][5] In 2012 the album was added to the U.S. Library of Congress' National Registry, a designation of "cultural, artistic and historic importance to the nation's aural legacy."[6]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by George Landry, except as noted.

1."Brother John"Cyril Neville3:37
2."Meet de Boys on the Battlefront"melody and rhythm based on Rupert Westmore Grant aka Lord Invader's "Rum and Coca Cola"3:24
3."Here Dey Come" 4:07
4."Hey Pocky A-Way"Art Neville, Ziggy Modeliste, Leo Nocentelli, George Porter3:59
5."Indian Red" 7:21
6."Big Chief Got a Golden Crown" 4:01
7."Hey Mama (Wild Tchoupitoulas)" 4:46
8."Hey Hey (Indians Comin')"George Landry, Cyril Neville4:00


Credits adapted from AllMusic and Discogs.[7]

Composition and arrangement
Vocals and tribe roles
  • Big Chief Jolly – George Landry
  • Second Chief – Norman Bell
  • Trail Chief – Booker T. Washington
  • Flag Boy – Candy Hemphill "Carl" Christmas
  • Spy Boy – Amos Landry
  • Allen Toussaint – producer
  • Marshall Sehorn – producer
  • Roberta Grace – engineer
  • Ken Laxton – engineer, remastering, remixing
  • Paul A. Howrilla – album jacket design and photography
  • Carleatis – artwork
  • Photographique Studios – design
  • Ruth Kaplan – CD art adaptation


  1. ^ "Allmusic – The Wild Tchoupitoulas – review". Archived from the original on November 1, 2015. Retrieved November 1, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Robert Christgau – The Wild Tchoupitoulas – review". Archived from the original on June 6, 2011. Retrieved November 1, 2015. 
  3. ^ "The Neville Brothers". Paterson & Associates. Archived from the original on July 21, 2015. Retrieved November 1, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Louisiana Music Factory – Wild Tchoupitoulas". Archived from the original on September 29, 2011. Retrieved November 1, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Mardi Gras Indian Tribal Profile – Wild Tchoupitoulas". Mardi Gras Digest. Archived from the original on May 13, 2006. Retrieved November 1, 2015. 
  6. ^ "The 2012 National Recording Registry With a Twist – March 21, 2013". Library of Congress. March 21, 2013. Archived from the original on September 6, 2015. Retrieved November 1, 2015. 
  7. ^ Album credits: