Teenage House Party by Sandy Nelson...I love this album cover. Look at that spread on the table!
Sandy Nelson is a famous drummer and bandleader of the early 60s whose name would be found prominently in the fictional "Encyclopedia of Surf Rock." His drums can be heard on many hits including "To Know Him Is To Love Him" by The Teddy Bears, which is probably played on Sirius XM Radio at least twice per day. As All Music Guide critic Richie Unterburger puts it, Nelson's recordings "might have helped inspire aspiring musicians as things to play along and learn with, if nothing else." Unterburger argues that legendary drummer Keith Moon was "no-doubt influenced" by Sandy Nelson's "reckless style."
Released in 1963, Teenage House Party wasn't one of Sandy Nelson's most famous records, but it's a whole lot of fun. Like many albums of the early 60s, House Party is a short one, clocking it at around 27 minutes. But in those 27 minutes are 12 very danceable rock 'n roll numbers. Part of the kitsch of this record is the addition of overdubs of teens partying—quite conservatively, I might add—which definitely makes the record live up to it's title. It's funny and kind of cute. I like to picture the Peanuts characters in their early teens dancing to this record.
Since this will be the only Sandy Nelson article I intend to write, I'm going to include a "best of" album with all his early hits, including the Top 10 hits "Teen Beat" and "Let There Be Drums."
Teenage House Party by Sandy Nelson
The Very Best of Sandy Nelson