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Little Roger and the Goosebumps is a pop/rock band from San Franciscomarker active during the 1970s and early 1980s and resurrected in 2006. It has been led throughout its history by Roger Clark and Dick Bright, with various sidemen.

Clark, as frontman and songwriter, originally wore two hats, as he was seeking a doctorate in cultural anthropology. However, upon completing his degree in 1974, he decided to devote himself full time to pop music.

The band is best known for its single "Gilligan's Island (Stairway)", a song combining the lyrics to the theme song of the television show Gilligan's Island with the music of "Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zeppelin. The band wrote the song in 1977 as "material to pad the last set of the grueling 5 nights a week/4 sets a night routine.", recorded it in March 1978, and released it as a single in May 1978 on their own Splash Records label. Within five weeks, Led Zeppelin's lawyers threatened to sue them and demanded that any remaining copies of the recording be destroyed.During a 2005 interview on National Public Radio, Robert Plant referred to the tune as his favorite cover of "Stairway to Heaven."

The single became something of a phenomenon among the literati. Successful novelist Joan Didion penned an article in Esquire entitled "We've got Goosebumps!", in which she opined that "with tongue firmly in cheek, 'Stairway' embraces the banality of the TV sitcom and elevates it to the Heroic." Didion referred to the song as "the apotheosis of popular culture."

They recorded their next single, "Kennedy Girl" (based on Neil Young's "Cinnamon Girl"), in 1980, then waited over a quarter-century before producing their debut album They Hate Us Cuz We're Beautiful, featuring new recordings of 14 songs drawn from three decades of original material.

References

  1. "Little Roger a Big Man on Campus," Rolling Stone, October 16 1974
  2. Stairway to Gilligan's Island from gilligansisle.com, a Gilligan Island fansite. The source for the title of the song comes from this image of the single on that fansite.
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  4. Didion, Joan, "We've got Goosebumps!", Esquire, February 1979
  5. They Hate Us Cuz We're Beautiful from the Pop Plus One website


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