The Curse Of The Hobo Record Club

I was excited to get home from work today because I was expecting a new delivery from The Hobo Record Club. For the past several weeks I’ve been finding records outside my house. They have been left there by drifters as part of a record club I do not recommend you join (this is all explained in the previous record club posts, which you can find here).

When I got home I was prepared to search high and low for my next record but I was surprised to find it right at my door. Unlike previous selections, today’s record was pretty nondescript so I guess the hobos who are sending me these had no worries that someone would steal it.

So what was today’s selection?

I have to say that this may be the best selection from the club so far. It is Skip Battin’s “The Ballad of Dick Clark” released in 1973.  Skip Battin was the bass player for The Byrds and he also played for a time in the Flying Burrito Brothers, in between those two bands he released a solo record which included this song. I immediately went inside to play the record and for a hobo record club selection, “The Ballad of Dick Clark” rocks. It’s a promo copy so it’s the same song on both sides one in mono, one in stereo. Hobo rock nerds might like to know that the song was co written by the legendary Kim Fowley.

Of all the hobo records I’ve gotten so far this one is by far my favorite. I was curious as to why they sent me such a good song, is it just because Skip Battin sounds like a hobo name? Maybe that’s it but if so it gets even better when you realize that Skips real first name was Clyde. I think Clyde “Skip” Battin is a petty awesome hobo name, that must be while he’s so popular among the drifter crowd.

Click the Hobo Record Club tag below to read all of the other record club posts.

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8 responses to “The Curse Of The Hobo Record Club

  1. I’ve never heard of that record. Sounds cool, though.

  2. betheboy

    I’ll try to find an MP3 to upload. there might be a clip on Amazon too.

  3. My favorite Kim Fowley story is about how when Joan Jett used to live with him during the Runaways time period and he would constantly scream at her not to “eat pussy so loudly” in the living room. As if there is such a thing as eating pussy quietly!

  4. betheboy

    Kim was right, loud pussy eating is annoying.

  5. His father once played a train engineer in some movie – I can’t remember which one. That’s kind of like the leader of the hobos.

    (And seriously, HOW do your comments always devolve so quickly?)

  6. If hobos ever start leaving me records, I’ll trade my first one for that Duran Duran single you got.

  7. I don’t know why you’re complaining, I would love to join the Hobo Record Club. I love little mysterious things left for me. Plus it would mean there is someone interesting in my lame town.

  8. Kristen

    Just learned this important bit of Whitesnake trivia and thought you had to know:

    “Here I go again on my own
    Going down the only road I’ve ever known,
    Like a hobo I was born to walk alone…”

    In the 1987 version this lyric was changed to “drifter” bc Coverdale’s management thought that hobo could be confused with homo.

    (poor lonely homo hobos)

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