Custom Search of DDD
 Music Lists
 Music Forum
 Rock Timeline
 Rap Timeline
 Vinyl Records
 Artist News
 Music Links
 Musician Finder
 Guitar Chords
 Movie Lists
 Jokes & Quotes
 Music Store
Ask "Mr. Music"
May 9, 2011
"Date Bait" & "Mummenschanz"
Let's continue our feature here at DigitalDreamDoor: Ask "Mr. Music." Now in its 25th year of syndication (1986-2011), Jerry Osborne's weekly Q&A feature will be a regular post every Wednesday from now on.

Be sure to stop by Jerry's site for more Mr. Music archives, record price guides, anything Elvis, buy & sell collectibles, record appraisals and much more. I thank Jerry for allowing the reprints.

songsMore Mr. Music Articles

Ask "Mr. Music"
"Jerry Osborne"
May 9, 2011 - "Date Bait" & "Mummenschanz"


In 1959, as a 16-year-old sophomore, I had my first date with a wonderful girl from my school.

We went to the local drive-in theater. The picture playing, ironically titled "Date Bait," was one of those low-budget, teen-oriented flicks.

The title song was sung in a rockin' Gene Vincent style. I don't know this singer, but because of the memories associated with it, I would love to have the song. That is if it even came out as a record. I never once heard it on the radio.

While searching for "Date Bait" I learned about a completely different song with the same title, also from 1959. Apparently a hit of sorts, this other one is by Diana Maxwell, and people mistakenly think her's is the one I'm after.

Oh yes, four years after the "Date Bait" date, the girl became my lovely bride, and this year we will celebrate our 48th anniversary.

Time is running out. Help me find the right "Date Bait."

- Sherman Putterman, St. Paul, Minn.


Congratulations! You obviously used the right bait to land the right date. Now let's piece all of this together and come up with your unofficial theme song.

Yes, the movie is titled "Date Bait," but the title song is "Date Bait Baby" (tagline: "She turned a cool school into a hot-bed of violence"). "Date Bait Baby," both in the film and on a record (Ray Note 9), is by Reggie Perkins and His Rockin' Maniacs.

The flip side, "High School Caesar" ("He had more rackets than Al Capone") is another rocker lifted from the "Date Bait" soundtrack. Neither side made any of the national charts.

The tab on just the record can be $150 to $200, but if it comes with the snazzy "Date Bait" (film) picture sleeve, your checkout total can triple.

It may be a bit of a reach, but "Date Bait" is not your only connection to Diane (not Diana) Maxwell. You were 16 in 1959 when Maxwell's only album came out... titled "Almost Seventeen" (Challenge 607).


I collect and am fairly knowledgeable about original cast recordings (I happen to agree with your recent "Maggie Flynn" review), but here's one cast album I have never heard of, and it's not in the "Broadway on Record" book.

I found it listed in a sales catalog, with the peculiar title "Mummenschanz."

But wait, it gets even weirder.

Under "Contains These Tracks" are these bizarre titles: "Blob"; "Creepy Crawly"; "Worm"; "Green Mouth"; "Six Heads"; "Slinky"; "Frog"; "Insect"; "Rabbit"; "Cat"; "Ape to Man"; "Toilet Paper"; "Gerry Cans"; "Note Pads"; and "Clay Masks."

What on earth does all of this mean?

They are asking $50 for this LP, and I might buy it just because it is so other worldly, and obviously rare.

- Arnold McFadden, Stamford, Conn.


All of your adjectives apply to the 1978 "Mummenschanz" Original Cast Recording, as well as to the show itself. Now here's one of my own: unique. "Mummenschanz" stands alone in every respect, is one-of-a-kind, and has no like or equal.

German for mummery, "Mummenschanz" is simply mime-masque theater (i.e., non-speaking mummers), and those goofy track listings are not songs. Rather, they identify the quirky skits making up a two-act play.

Act One, from "Blob" through "Ape to Man," is the "Mummenschanz" take on the evolution of life as we know it.

In Act Two, "Toilet Paper" through "Clay Masks," the mummers humorously explore human relationships.

Since a mime cast neither speaks nor sings, the "Mummenschanz" album contains only the sounds heard in the theater during each of the 15 segments — which is mostly audience laughter and applause.

Not totally unlike the Audio Fidelity sound effects albums, popular in the late 1950s and early '60s, the "Mummenschanz" recording could be used as a handy do-it-yourself laugh track.


In a little over three years on Broadway (March 1977 - April 1980), "Mummenschanz," starring Andres Bossard, Floriana Frassetto, and Bernie Schürch, gave 1,326 performances at the Bijou Theatre.

In June 1986, the mime-masque troupe returned to Broadway with their new show, appropriately titled "Mummenschanz: The New Show."

This time they lasted just four months, and closed after only 152 performances.

MORE: Ask "Mr. Music" -
"More about The You Know Who Group"
"Nina Simone - biggest hits and controversial songs
"No. 1 Instrumentals
"The Ballad of Paladin by Johnny Western
"Who had the greatest number of albums on the charts"
"Roses Are Red My Love by The You Know Who Group"
"Most popular American Idol contestants"
"Elvis lowest and highest notes - New albums from accomplished artists
"Date Bait" & "Mummenschanz"
"Gibberish lyrics, and Maggie Flynn"
"R&B and C&W Crossovers, plus '60s Grammys picks
"Overused song titles and comical oldies"
"The mysterious death of teen idol Dean Reed"
"Manhattan by Dinah Washington - Got a Match? by the Daddy-O's"
"Katherine Hepburn Speaking for Freedom 78 rpm"
"The Ballad of Ronnie - and Mildred Bailey"
"Osmonds and Jacksons - I'll Cry Instead: Beatles"
"Frim Fram Sauce, and the Beatles Maggie Mae"
"Quadraphonic albums"
"George Michael's soul success with "Faith"
"A Bunch of Queers Presents Warlock"
"Has there ever been a commercial 78 rpm recorded in stereo?"
"River Nile" by "LEROY and His Rockin' Fellers"
Patsy Montana's "I Wanna Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart"
"Diana Krall song & Susan Boyles' career"
"Songs: Just for a Thrill, and Cool Yule"
"Number 1 Christmas Songs through the years"
"Song in VW commercial, and Jerry Lee Lewis Christmas song"
"Shake, Rattle and Roll", plus Pete Best album "Haymans Green"
"Single releases originally issued with picture sleeves"
"Ronnie Dawson - Hazel"
"Curtis Mayfield - accident, album, death"
"Who was the Masked Marvel"
"Davy Jones Presents, record label"
"Al Green & Johnny Nash"
"Tamouré, Tahitian dance"
"Jo Ann Campbell - Wolverton Mountain"
"Whole Lot of Shakin' Going On & Highway Man"
"Hawaiian musics Frank Ferera"
"Paul Revere and the Raiders instrumentals & Song from Hair"
"Beatles 14 tunes in the Top 100, & The last mono-only albums"
"Connie Francis early years, and Names of states in hit titles"
"Gene Pitney, and David Janssen"
"Payola scandals, and Chubby Checker dance hits"
"Why vinyl sounds richer, Elvis and Beatles on Cash Box, Big Bad John answer songs"
"Vinyl Record Day - 'Mad Men' song"
"Cast Your Fate to the Wind, two versions"
"RFD Songs" and "Your Hit Parade"
"Hit Songs as both Vocal and Instrumental"
"Robert David Hall of CSI, plus the Belmonts without Dion"
"Cal Stewart's Uncle Josh Songs, & Andrews Sisters"
"The Collector's Edition T.A.M.I. Show"
"The Girl from the Next Farm Over" & "Tangerine Dream"
"Paul & Paula's "Hey Paula"
"'50s Rockers Ages" - "Songwriters Hall of Fame"
"Lyrics or Music" and "Billy Squier"
"Connie Francis, Neil Diamond, and David Gates"
"The High Numbers and Grading Vinyl"
"Louie Louie"
"Willie Nelson duets"
"Don't Do It" by "Little Charlie and the Nightcats"
"Frank Sinatra Spectacular, with Johnny Carson"
"Sam & Dave Medley" and the knife in "Moody River"
"Love Will Keep Us Together" and "Same Old Fool"
"Tony Orlando or Bertell Dache?"
"Foreign language hit songs in the U.S."
"The Overlanders" and "All-male Top 10"
"Songs with a bullet" and the name "Browning"
"Yesterday and Today, Beatles - Song: Submarine Race"
"Elvis Presley songs based on classical pieces."
"Introducing the Beatles" album value
"Answer Songs"
"Tchaikovsky's "Pathetique" & "I Belong to You" by Peggy Lee
"A Lovers Hymn" and Songs naming the 12 months
"This Old House," by Rosemary Clooney
"The Beverly Hillbillies" and "Petticoat Junction"
"Deana Martin", "Buchanan and Goodman"
"A Hard Day's Night" - Beatles
"British Christmas tunes" and "Fingertips Part 1"
"Backward tape technology" and "Rock Era Christmas tunes"
"Red Velvet Slippers" and "A Christmas Gift for You"
"Jerry Lee Lewis" and "See See Rider"
"Bonanza Theme Song"
"Come Softly to Me" by the Fleetwoods

Mr. Music
Jerry Osborne answers as many questions as possible through this column.
Jerry's Question page: Ask your question here.

Write Jerry at: Box 255, Port Townsend, WA 98368
Visit his Web site:

All values quoted in this column are for near-mint condition.

Copyright 2011 Osborne Enterprises- Reprinted By Permission

1000 Songs Every Rock Fan Should Know
500 Greatest Popular Recordings Of All Time
Greatest Rock Songs
Greatest Rock Ballads
Greatest Rock Anthems
Greatest Rock Instrumentals
Greatest Rock Debut Singles
Greatest Cover Songs
Top 10 Songs by Popular Rock Artists
Top 10 Songs 1950-1969
Top 10 Songs 1970-1979
Top 10 Songs 1980-1989
Top 10 Songs 1990-1999
Greatest 'Roots of Rock' Songs '40s  
Greatest Rock Songs '50s
Greatest Rock Songs '60s
Greatest Rock Songs '70s
Greatest Rock Songs '80s
Greatest Rock Songs '90s
Greatest Rock Songs '00s
Greatest Rockabilly Songs
Greatest Girl Group Songs
Greatest Country Rock Songs
Greatest Southern Rock Songs
Greatest Folk Rock Songs
Greatest Surf Rock Songs
Greatest Beach Music Songs
Greatest Psychedelic Songs
Greatest Punk Rock Songs
Greatest New Wave Songs
Greatest Fusion Songs
Greatest Acoustic Guitar Instrumentals
Greatest R&B/Soul Songs
Greatest R&B/Soul Ballads
Greatest R&B Songs of the '90s
Greatest R&B Ballads of the '90s
Greatest Funk Songs
Greatest Motown Songs
Greatest Northern Soul Songs
Greatest Uptempo Doo-Wop Songs
Greatest Doo-Wop Ballads
Greatest Rap/Hip-Hop Songs
Greatest Old School Hip Hop Records
Greatest Metal Songs
Greatest Thrash Metal Songs
Greatest Glam Metal Songs
Greatest Symphonic Power Metal Songs
Greatest Disco Songs
Greatest Dance Songs '80s
Greatest Dance Songs '90s
Greatest Trance Songs
Greatest Electro Songs
Greatest Freestyle Songs
Greatest House Songs
Greatest Miami Bass Songs
Greatest Latin Rock Songs
Greatest Reggae Songs
Greatest Blues Instrumentals
Greatest Novelty Songs
Wildest, Craziest & Quirkiest Songs
Greatest Summer Songs
Greatest Love Songs
Greatest Mother Songs
Greatest Father Songs
- - For Links to - -
Blues, Jazz, Country, Folk, Classical, and more,
'Main Music Page' below. is to be used for
entertainment, educational, or research purposes only.

Copyright © 2011 -

All photos are property and copyright of their owners and are provided for educational purposes only.
This Ask "Mr. Music" page is only a part of To view the Home page click Home