May 25, 2022

Lenny & Squiggy Present Lenny and the Squigtones

Released in 1979
Casablanca Records
Produced by Hank Medress and Dave Appell

Lenny & Squiggy Present Lenny and the Squigtones is the sole release by Lenny and the Squigtones. The album was recorded live at the Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles.

Tracklist

  1. “Vamp On” (David L. Lander / Michael McKean)
  2. “Night After Night” (Lander / McKean)
  3. “Creature Without A Head” (Lander / McKean)
  4. “King Of The Cars” (McKean)
  5. “Squiggy’s Wedding Day” (Lander / McKean)
  6. “Love Is A Terrible Thing” (Lander / McKean)
  7. “Babyland (For Eva Squigmann)” (Lander / McKean)
  8. “(If Only I Had Listened To) Mama” (Lander / McKean)
  9. “So’s Your Old Testament” (Lander / McKean)
  10. “Sister-In-Law” (Lander / McKean)
  11. “Honor Farm” (Lander / McKean)
  12. “Starcrossed” (McKean)
  13. “Only Women Cry” (Lander / McKean)
  14. “Foreign Legion Of Love” (Lander / McKean)
  15. “Vamp Off” (Lander / McKean)

Personnel

Dwight Knight: Bass, Vocals
Ming The Merciless: Drums
Nigel Tufnel: Guitar, Clarinet, Vocals
Lenny: Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals, Presenter
Squiggy: Keyboards [Squigophone], Vocals, Presenter
Lars Svenki: Keyboards, Vocals

Personnel Notes

  • Lenny and Squiggy are the characters from the TV show Laverne & Shirley, played by Michael McKean and David L. Lander, respectively.
  • McKean would feature in three other fictional groups over the course of his career: as David St. Hubbins in Spinal Tap, as Bu Montgomery in the Barbusters and as Jerry Palter in the Folksmen.
  • Nigel Tufnel is played by Christopher Guest. The album marks the first appearance of the Tufnel character, who would join McKean’s David St. Hubbins in Spinal Tap. Guest would also portray Alan Barrows in the Folksmen, performing alongside McKean’s Jerry Palter.
  • Lars Svenki is the nom de clavier of keyboardist Murphy Dunne, who would go on to play with The Blues Brothers and appear in the Blues Brothers movies.
  • Ming The Merciless was once rumored to be Kiss drummer Peter Criss minus the cat costume and makeup. McKean has since confirmed that the drummer was played by Don Poncher.
  • Producer Dave Appell played guitar on early Archies releases.

Chart Position

Lenny & Squiggy Present Lenny and the Squigtones debuted on the Billboard album chart on May 19, 1979. It spent five weeks on the chart and peaked at No. 205.