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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Rusty Warren: Knockers UP! & Bounces Back

Grab Yourself a Handful!

Rusty Warren made 14 "naughty" Party Records starting in the late 50s and continuing into the 70s. Amazingly, seven of them achieved Gold Record status despite their being deemed "too dirty" for airplay on commercial radio.

She has since joked that her songs could serve as nursery rhymes these days, due to our "relaxed" standards of decency, but back then t
his was groundbreaking stuff! And not just because its risqué. At the time, almost no one spoke this openly about sex and relationships in public, but for a woman to do it was particularly unheard of. And the fact that Rusty is a woman also gives her humor a different spin from the other Party Records of the time, which were recorded primarily by men and were decidedly more raunchy.

Rusty brought sexual humor to a mainstream audience made up of both genders. More importantly, though, is the fact that Rusty spoke of women as sexual creatures with feelings, desires and the ability to use their own minds.
As much as these records might seem to be at odds with what has since come to define "feminism," Rusty introduced her audiences to strong women who knew what they wanted and how to get it.

NOTE: These albums are available, from Rusty's own website, on CD!
The links below lead to the page from which they (and other items) can be purchased.

Rusty Warren: Knockers UP!
  1. I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate
  2. In the Family Way
  3. Frankie and Johnny
  4. Knockers UP!
  5. You're Nobody Til Somebody Loves You

  1. Rusty’s Back in Town
  2. A Very Sensitive Subject
  3. Say Thank You
  4. When a Woman Wants It
  5. It Ain’t Kirk Douglas
  6. Big Knockers
  7. Little Knockers
  8. Ode to Gertrude and Agnes
  9. Meet the Audience
  10. In a Car it Doesn’t Count
  11. Naked
  12. Freedom
  13. Bounce Your Boobies
  14. Make Someone Happy


johnny dollar said...

hey did you post these in tandem with the article about her in bachelor pad magazine? if not, yer psssyyyyyccchic man!


yer bud,


Traitor Vic said...

OOOOOOOhhhhhhhh!!! I Must Be!

I wrote to Barracuda Magazine to find out if I could quote their article on her from Issue #25 but haven't heard back and I'm worried about 'em. The haven't put an issue out in a while.

"Bachelor Pad," eh? I'll check it out! Thanks for the Heads-Up!


johnny dollar said...



Anonymous said...

I recently discovered Ruth Wallis, who is more musical and a biut more racy and free that Rusty. I'm working on a blog post about her. Check her stuff out when you can find it. SHe passed away back in December.

Traitor Vic said...

Cool, Swanky!

I look forward to the blog post.

And thanks for the reminder about Bachelor Pad, J$!

I'd seen it around at some point but have so many subscriptions that I'd forgotten about it. I assume (since there's a Mrs. Dollar) that they allow "non-bachelors" to subscribe, eh?

Anonymous said...

What a sensational pair of... postings. You have made my day. One year on our anniversary I got all the RW albums on vinyl for the Mrs. Unfortunately, I had to explain many of the jokes (lights out at 8, candles out at 8:30...). Thanks for the fun! Love your site.

Anonymous said...

A friend was a stagehand for Rusty Warren's Las Vegas shows. he said she was one of the nicest people he ever met out there. Great to see these posts

Anonymous said...

Back in the '80's when my brother was at USC we were lucky enough to get Rusty to star in a student film. To us she was a legend as our father had her records and as kids in the'60's we were forbidden to listen to them...and we didn't. Respect for dad I guess. Rusty was great, a blast to talk to and she fit the role(the part was written for her) to a "T". Just remember, the swing is everything.

Traitor Vic said...

Very Cool! Does the film still exist and has it ever been converted to DVD?