Lenny and Squiggy: Foreign Legion of Love (1979)

 |   |  1 min read

Lenny and Squiggy: Foreign Legion of Love (1979)

You don't dig into From the Vaults looking for good taste or class, but you do find oddities like this which resonates on many levels throughout rock culture.

Lenny and Squiggy were the dumbcluck characters in the television show Laverne and Shirley and had very little to recommend them as on-screen characters. They were hammy klutzes who were given terrible lines to deliver.

So far, so lousy.

But the album Lenny and the Squigtones -- sort of Fifties parody rock'n'roll stand-up before a live audience in the Roxy, Hollywood -- is something of a cult item among the cognoscenti (who have too much time on their hands).

nigelGuitarist/singer Lenny was played by Michael McKean who went on to become David St Hubbins in Spinal Tap and a scan of the album credits is interesting. Also on guitar is Christopher Guest who was behind the National Lampoon albums.

Longtime followers of Spinal Tap (Tapheads) will also recognise him as Nigel Tufnel in the band and in fact it is on the Lenny and Squiggy album where the Tufnel character makes his first appearance (also playing clarinet here on Foreign Legion of Love).

Of course Tap fans would have spotted this immediately on one hearing because, after all, his solos are his trademark. Right?

And you heard it at From the Vaults.

Sorry about that. 

For more oddities, one-offs or songs with an interesting backstory use the RSS feed for daily updates, and check the massive back-catalogue at From the Vaults.

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   From the Vaults articles index

Larry Wallis: Police Car (1977)

Larry Wallis: Police Car (1977)

The punk era tossed up -- threw up? -- some real oddities, few more unexpected than Wallis who was no spring chicken in the world of short haired rock'n'roll for angry 18-year olds. He'd been... > Read more

Sky Cries Mary; 2000 Light Years From Home (1993)

Sky Cries Mary; 2000 Light Years From Home (1993)

A tip? Eat your acid drop right now . . . and . . . and waiting and waiting and  . .. now? Shall we around this point try to be serious? Let us try.  At the same time as... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

Glencoe, Scotland: The past on the wild wind

Glencoe, Scotland: The past on the wild wind

The plaque at the reception of the Clachaig Inn at Glencoe in the Scottish Highlands reads: “No hawkers or Campbells”. It is amusing -- I’m sure Naomi would be welcome... > Read more

SOPHIA SCARLET AND OTHER PACIFIC WRITINGS BY ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON reviewed (2008)

SOPHIA SCARLET AND OTHER PACIFIC WRITINGS BY ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON reviewed (2008)

When Robert Louis Stevenson died at 44 in his Samoan home, half a world away from his birthplace of Edinburgh, he left a remarkably diverse body of work. In fewer than two decades he turned out... > Read more