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Satellite Baby: Skip Stanley [1956]

In a genre rife with guilty pleasures, this strange sci-fi/rockabilly hybrid is near the top. It isn't enough that this record percolates with other-worldly sound effects, it also has lyrics that cause even more aural rubbernecking: "Nuclear baby, don't fission out on me" and "Geiger counter daddy loves your atomic energy" being just a couple examples. The flipside of this masterpiece was the more terrestrial Play Me A Love Song. Stanley also recorded a less brassy version of Satellite Baby for the Satellite label (SX-92). ‘Billboard’ savaged the tune in a December 1957 review.

Very little is known about Stanley, an obscure Memphis musician whose birth name was Stanley J. Hoffman.

LYRICS/TRANSCRIPTION:
Satellite Baby: Skip Stanley [1956]

Three seconds, two seconds, 1 second, blast off

Satellite baby, come on back down to earth
Satellite baby, come on back down to earth
Radioactive daddy's found out what you are worth

Nuclear baby, you don't fission out on me
Nuclear baby, you don't fission out on me
Geiger Counter daddy loves your atomic energy

Ye-e-ess we're gonna rock it, rock it
Rock it around that moon tonight
Rock it to our heart's delight
Rock it little baby by the bright moonlight
Until the earth is out of sight
We're gonna rock it daddy, take your satellite!

Interplanetary mama, blast off from that galaxy
Interplanetary mama, shoot your radar beam to me
I'll love you a million light years, baby

Ye-e-ess we're gonna rock it, rock it
Rocket around Mars tonight
Rock it to our heart's delight
Rocket by canals in the bright red light
We're gonna rock it tonight, daddy’s favorite satellite

Satellite baby, come on back down to earth
Satellite baby, come on back down to earth
Isotopic daddy's found out what you are worth

Skip Stanley [1956]
Satellite Baby
(Skip Stanley)
Spotlight 399

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