Hvem skrev kærlighedens bog? – The Monotones anno 1958

14. april 2008

I wonder, wonder who, who-oo-ooh, who
(Who wrote the Book Of Love)

Tell me, tell me, tell me
Oh, who wrote the Book Of Love
I’ve got to know the answer
Was it someone from above

(Oh, I wonder, wonder who, mmbadoo-ooh, who)
(Who wrote the Book Of Love)

I love you darlin’
Baby, you know I do
But I’ve got to see this Book of Love
Find out why it’s true

(Oh, I wonder, wonder who, mmbadoo-ooh, who)
(Who wrote the Book Of Love)

(Chapter One says to love her)
(You love her with all your heart)
(Chapter Two you tell her you’re)
(Never, never, never, never, never gonna part)
(In Chapter Three remember the meaning of romance)
(In Chapter Four you break up
(But you give her just one more chance))

(Oh, I wonder, wonder who, mmbadoo-ooh, wWho)
(Who wrote the Book Of Love)

Baby, baby, baby
I love you, yes I do
Well it says so in this Book Of Love
Ours is the one that’s true

(Oh, I wonder, wonder who, mmbadoo-ooh, who)
(Who wrote the Book Of Love)

(Chapter One says to love her)
(You love her with all your heart)
(Chapter Two you tell her you’re)
(Never, never, never, never, never gonna part)
(In Chapter Three remember the meaning of romance)
(In Chapter Four you break up
(But you give her just one more chance)

(Oh, I wonder, wonder who, mmbadoo-ooh, Who)
(Who wrote the Book Of Love)

Baby, baby, baby
I love you, yes I do
Well it says so in this Book Of Love
Ours is the one that’s true

(Oh, I wonder, wonder who, mmbadoo-ooh, who)
(Who wrote the Book Of Love)
I wonder who (yeah)
Who wrote the Book Of Love

Ét sølle hit blev det til for den amerikanske doo wop-gruppe The Monotones. Som tilfældet var for mange andre “sorte” kunstnere i halvtredserne og tresserne havde de syv mandlige sangere deres rødder i baptiskkirkens gospelkor. Og det kan høres pÃ¥ deres stadigvæk helt friske sang om kærlighedens bog. Sangen, der blev udgivet af Chess Record strøg ind pÃ¥ Billboards top ti og blev ogsÃ¥ en succes i Australien og England. I sidstenævnte land var det dog i en cover-version med The Mudlarks.
Selv om bandet indspillede flere plader efterfølgende, kunne det ikke leve op til den første, store hit-succes. Og i 1962 gik medlemmerne hver til sit.
Hvis man er medlem af den kult, der dyrker George Lucas’ film om de hormonale brydningsÃ¥r “American Grafitti“, vil man bestemt kunne huske denne klassiker…

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  1. Henrik Larsen kommentarer:

    Robyn Hitchcocks gamle band The Soft Boys har indspillet en ret spøjs udgave af “The Book of Love” som er at finde pÃ¥ opsamlingssættet The Soft Boys 1976-1981.

  2. capac kommentarer:

    Fedt, Henrik, den må jeg have støvet op!

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