'Mad Men' Goes Detroit (Wheels, That Is) (Spoilers)

Monday, 06 May 2013 06:04 AM Written by 

Don't read this if you haven't watched last night's episode of Mad Men.

Last night, the series took another sharp turn with the small Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce striking a surprise merger with equally small rival agency Cutler Gleason and Chaough (including Copy Chief Peggy Olson) to land a golden goose: a Chevrolet account for a new, as-yet unnamed model (code name XP-887, actually the real-life Chevy Vega). As the new SCDP-CGC partnership (Roger and Don) with (Jim Cutler and Ted Chaough) stride into General Motors, a super-obscure 60's rocker plays in the background, one totally appropriate to the plot, location, though the tune predated May of 1968.

The song "Baby Jane (Mo-Mo Jane)" by Motor City-based Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels was obscure because it was the B-side of a much bigger hit single: the late 1965 Top 10 "Jenny Take A Ride."

The complete "Baby Jane."

And the hit A-side, "Jenny Take A Ride," a blend of Little Richard's "Jenny Jenny Jenny" and the Chuck Willis hit "See See Rider." I recall it was not just a national hit but super-popular here in the region back in '65 and early '66 when KQV, KDKA and Terry Lee, among others, played the hell out of it. Ryder made some of the least pretentious, hardest rockers of the 60's, records that hold up well today.





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