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Rank this week: 31 (↑13)
Duration: 3:32 
Release Date: 1978  (Stavro Arrgolus) 
Lyrics By: Shel Silverstein (Stavro Arrgolus) 
Music By: Shel Silverstein (Stavro Arrgolus) 
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Released By: Parachute (Stavro Arrgolus) 
Published By: Evil Eye Music Inc. (Stavro Arrgolus) 
Licensing: BMI  #1301783 
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  • A story from "Songs and Stories". May very well have inspired the "Scum of the Earth" episode of WKRP in Cincinnati. (Stavro Arrgolus)
  • Song Lyrics:
    OK, in every town, there is a rock and roll group, of, uh, questionable, questionable habits and dubious ability, or questionable ability, well anyway they got questionable tendencies, I don't know. I'll tell you about one.

    There was a group called The Scum Of The Earth
    And they say they got their birth
    In an L.A. joint that once was called The Daisy
    You know, the bass man, he smoked grass
    And the drummer, he kicked ass
    And the lead guitar ate speed
    While the people went crazy

    And The Scum Of The Earth, they just kept boogyin' on
    Higher and higher till all of the fire was-a burned out and gone

    You know that drummer's name was Mavis
    He was a twice convicted rapist
    They say he learned to play in the prison band in Pelham
    Yeah, he'd cut out your heart for a dime
    And he kept lousy time
    But the rest of the band was too damn scared to tell 'em

    Yeah, and the steel man's name was Spiker
    He dressed like a black jacket biker
    But under his leathers he wore black lace silken panties
    Ooh, they say he sung his sweet love numbers
    Directly to the eyes of the drummer
    While he kept his eyes on the bass and guitar man's fannies

    Ooh and the rhythm man, they called Static
    He was a health food fanatic
    Oh, he lived on berries and nuts
    And had scurvy and rickets
    He did yoga exercisin' and kept on tryin' and tryin'
    Until finally he could bend all the way over and lick it

    And the road man's name was Lester
    He was a well-known child molester
    His minister told him he'd never go to heaven
    He wore a bright red toupée
    And had lots of groupées
    But they ranged in age from fourteen to eleven

    And the manager was Scuzzy Sleazle
    He had the ethics of a weasel
    He screwed the record labels and laughed at the masses
    He hired out the group to play at a dollar and a half a day
    And if he couldn't peddle their music, he'd sell you their asses

    Ooh and the light man was Nasty Norman
    He was a CIA informant
    Every group he ever worked for, they got busted
    He got the drummer deported
    Before the album was recorded
    And he spit on the bass man's spike until it rusted

    And one day The Scum Of The Earth
    They was playin' for all they was worth (not much)
    Guitars screamin' and the wails and the cymbals crashes
    Faster and higher and higher
    Oh, till the 'lectric cords caught fire
    And the whole damn band caught fire
    Burnin' in the 'lectric wire
    Till The Scum Of The Earth was burned to a pile of ashes

    And The Scum Of The Earth they just kept boogyin' on
    (Stavro Arrgolus)
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