Mamie Van Doren: Separate the Men From the Boys (1958)

 |   |  1 min read

Mamie Van Doren: Separate the Men From the Boys (1958)

Mamie Van Doren's not inconsiderable assets -- big breasts, bleached blonde hair and a breathy speaking style -- served her well for a career in cinema and self-promotion when she emerged as a kind of second-tier Marilyn Munroe in the Fiftes.

She, of course, always denied being a mere copyist ("I have never been a Marilyn Munroe wannabe, I have always been happy in my own skin") and there's a bit of evidence to support that.

Where Munroe went for an intellectual and sophisticated kind of sexiness, Van Doren was happy to muck in with the rock'n'roll of the Fifties and famously took her two visible assets into films like Untamed Youth (1957 which had Eddie Cochran in a minor role), and High School Confidential ('58 with Jerry Lee Lewis in a cameo).

220px_UntamedyouthShe got down with beatnik culture in The Beat Generation ('59) and wild teens (Girls Town) and along the way cut dozens of songs, a number of them collected on the mid-Eighties Rhino compilation "The Girl Who Invented Rock'n'Roll" which took it's title from one of her songs.

Well, she didn't but . . . 

Among her songs -- few of them memorable, some pretty awful as in the clip below -- were Bikini With No Top On The Top (gee, you rekkin?), Lifetime of Love and this slightly salacious piece from the film Born Reckless. . . which seems to be about, shall we say, taking one for the team.

And, typically, Van Doren -- still around today, still platinum blonde -- does not sound reluctant to step up for the task.

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

Ivor Cutler: Life in a Scotch Sitting Room and Go And Sit Upon the Grass (1975)

Ivor Cutler: Life in a Scotch Sitting Room and Go And Sit Upon the Grass (1975)

The Scottish poet and comedian Ivor Cutler (1923 - 2006) barely scraped the surface of wide public acclaim outside of the UK, and even there he was a minority figure. But he did appear in the... > Read more

Toni Basil: Nobody (1982)

Toni Basil: Nobody (1982)

Is there a more annoying song than Toni Basil's inanely catchy Mickey ("Oh Mickey you're so fine . . . hey Mickey" etc)? It's the kind of song you wake up with banging around inside... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

B.B. King: Makin' Love is Good For You (SBird/Southbound)

B.B. King: Makin' Love is Good For You (SBird/Southbound)

With the great B.B. King due to arrive in Australasia for concerts, this now-readily available album from 2000 is timely. It caught him on a career high with his road-tested band in the studio just... > Read more

Buddy Guy: Living Proof (Silvertone)

Buddy Guy: Living Proof (Silvertone)

The great Guy has been one of blues' most enduring and endearing characters: he upstaged the Stones in his cameo slot on their Shine A Light doco, and way back influenced Hendrix. He's been... > Read more