This rock music section is by far the richest in number of cave-inspired entries. A wide variety of rock music is presented here covering the entire history of rock from Rhythm and Blues all the way to Hip-Hop, but not beyond 2005.
In many cases it has been very difficult to identify the genres of certain rock numbers just by the sound and feel of the piece. So, according to some listeners, mistakes could have made here in classifying some rock numbers. Should you not agree with any of my genre classifications all you have to do is contact me and I’ll make the necessary changes.
As in other music sections certain pieces that have had a great number of different versions recorded over the years will be listed separately in the vertical search bar on the left. These will fall under the appropriate headings, as, for instance, under Novelty rock, Alley Oop and Caveman songs.
The subsection created specially for all the different versions of Alley Oop had to be divided in to two parts given the enormous amount of entries down through the years. Tacked onto this part is a short list providing all the songs that are somehow related to this famous comic strip character, but that were not written by Dallas Frazier, the author of the hit song.
A special subsection was created for Caveman rock songs and instrumentals because this is such an important aspect of rock music that it was felt it needed a distinct study by itself. There is a very long tradition of prehistoric and modern caveman songs, which started with early rock ‘n’ roll and has carried on through into the 21st century. The image is nearly always the crude and somewhat vulgar male (and sometimes, female) person who treats other people in a primitive manner. The lyrics have evolved considerably over the years, starting in the fifties with the typical bit of the club-carrying man conquering the woman by dragging her away by the hair, on through the seventies soul music where the man strutted around acting tough, and into the nineties where he gets nasty in other ways.
The song titles with the word “caveman” have all been grouped together and listed in chronological order so that the this evolving song content can be studied as blueprints of social behavior, which evolved over the decades. This Caveman section will provide an overview listing, in chronological order of release, of all the rock pieces, regardless of genre or title, that have any “caveman” content in the song or instrumental. All the rock numbers will be listed in this section by title, song writer, and performer including specific indications sending you directly to the style of rock under which the detailed entry can be found.
Hidden within the various genres are several very famous rock pieces that were recorded many times either by the original artist or by others: Echoes by The Pink Floyd (under Psychedelic); Leatherman by Pearl Jam (Hard Rock); Release the Bats by The Birthday Party (Gothic); Cavern by Phish (Soul & Funk); In the Days of the Caveman by Crash Test Dummies (Folk Rock); Be a Caveman by The Avengers and several others (Garage); and Caveman by The Cramps (New Wave).
I’m Gonna Find a Cave, which was given several different treatments, originally was performed as rockabilly, then as rhythm ‘n’ blues, as bubblegum rock, and finally as grunge and garage, but all these versions of the song are listed here under rockabilly. In similar cases where a rock song gets different treatment by performers with very different styles only the song titles & performers will be inserted alphabetically in their appropriate genre, but the full detailed entry for that variant version will be given following the original version of said song in the genre which defines the original version.
Of the many bat-inspired rock pieces, nearly all perpetuate the horrible, repugnant image that popular culture has created. Some notable exceptions appeared on a special CD, We Are Your Friends, released by EuroBats in 2002 that includes three songs (two soul and one psychedelic) encouraging better understanding and protection of bats.
On two occasions I attempted to introduce cave-inspired rock music to cavers on both sides of the Atlantic. At the Old Timers Reunion in West Virginia in September 1995 I presented the, “Cavers’ Hop,” a half-hour program of rock ‘n’ roll and some new wave rock songs. With over 2,000 cavers attending, the Old Timers Reunion is one of the biggest caver gatherings in the world. But my program of outdated stuff bombed miserably. Only about 50 cavers showed up.
Then in 2000 for the Congrés National of the Federation Française de Spéléologie which was held in Tarascon sur Ariège, right in my caving area, I felt I needed to do something to welcome French cavers to my stomping grounds. So I put together an hour program of rock songs and called it the, “Bal Spéléo.” That time I was careful to select only recent rock material: garage, grunge, punk, and rap. I also consulted with four local cavers, two of whom were prime organizers of the congress, and they were asked to rate all the songs on my provisional playlist on a scale of one to ten, selecting only those most likely to please. What happened that night, with a frantic dancing crowd of well over a hundred cavers, was nothing less than a roaring success.
Rock music has been divided into all the major genres of rock, starting with Rhythm 'n' Blues and moving right on down to Hip-Hop. Under some of these tab headings will be found subsections for specific rock pieces that have seen many different versions over the years.
To allow for easy finding of a given rock piece an index of all the titles has been provided. This index lists only the title & performing artist and then indicates in which genre the piece can be found.
As for the Rock Song Lyrics, given that there are so many, it was decided to let you search down the alphabetic list in that section for the desired title. All song titles will have a code number, but referencing this code number with each rock music entry is prohibitive since every time I get a new song entry all the lyric code numbers in all the genres (from that new song on) would need to be advanced.
The list of abbreviations used for each entry will be found in the “Abbreviations” tab on the bottom left.