I don’t know about you, but I love wargaming to a soundtrack. And painting to a soundtrack. And driving to a soundtrack. Basically, there should always be music, and music themed to what you’re doing is the best. You know what that means! It means that, with Counterblast coming only about a month away, it’s time to put together a lovely playlist of some music from the 1950’s to be-bop our little aliens to.
So what was happening musically in the 1950’s? Ever heard of Buddy Holly? Jerry Lee Lewis? Fats Domino? And what was that obscure little song… “Johnny B. Goode”? Yeah. That was Chuck Berry in 1958, folks. We’re really rockin’ now! Do you like Crooners? How about some Bobby Darin, or the smooth tones of Johnny Mathis?
Oh, yeah, and some guy named Elvis Presley…
There is actually some variety in the hits society still remembers from the 50’s. You’re bound to find something you like- rock, crooners, and even a whole genre with an almost comedic value (think “Splish Splash”, “Charlie Brown”, and “Love Potion #9”). There was even a small movement of music devoted to the prevalence of pulp sci-fi, the reason we are here today. When you are making a soundtrack for a pulp sci-fi game, how can you not add something with a title like “The Flying Saucer”, or, remember this one?: “Purple People Eater”. Oh, yeah, I feel pulpy already!
So here it is- my club’s (still being tweaked) Counterblast song list. These are just our choices, provided here to whet your appetite- feel free to look around the internet for more options. Just type in something like “Music Hits of the 1950’s” into your web browser, and you’re bound to find plenty of good ideas!
Rock Around The Clock - Bill Haley and His Comets
Rockin Robin - Bobby Day
Charlie Brown - The Coasters
Wake Up Little Suzie - The Everly Bothers
Great Balls of Fire - Jerry Lee Lewis
Yakety Yak – Coasters
Tequila! – Champs
Blueberry Hill - Fats Domino
At The Hop - Danny and the Juniors
Johnny B. Goode - Chuck Berry
Earth Angel – Penguins
In The Still Of The Night - Five Satins
I Only Have Eyes For You – Flamingos
Mack The Knife - Bobby Darin
That'll Be The Day - Buddy Holly and the Crickets
The Great Pretender – Platters
Love Potion No. 9 – Clovers
Rocket 88 - Jackie Brenston
Hound Dog - Elvis Presley
Purple People Eater - Sheb Wolley
The Flying Saucer - Buchanan & Goodman
Shake, Rattle And Roll - Joe Turner
Good Golly Miss Molly - Little Richard
La Bamba - Ritchie Valens
Get A Job – Silhouettes
Blue Suede Shoes - Elvis Presley