Smash label recording artists The Swingin’ Medallions from South Carolina were principal purveyors of the Shag...
...a popular dance on Carolina beaches.
Shag? Oh, behave! Shag is my middle name, baby - Yeah!
Records by the Swingin’ Medallions fall into the categories of beach music and frat rock. Two of their singles made a big splash at the Dell during the spring and summer of 1966...
“Double Shot (of My Baby’s Love)” and “She Drives Me Out of My Mind.”
A boisterous bunch of guys that sounded like fugitives from Animal House, The Swingin’ Medallions chanted in unison and did lots of screaming and shouting on their two hit recordings. Actual singing was held to a bare minimum.
Neidermeyer: What's that on your chest, mister?
Flounder: It's a pledge pin, sir.
Neidermeyer: A pledge pin!!! On your uniform?!!!
Dean Vernon Wormer: Mr. Dorfman?
Dean Vernon Wormer: Zero point two...
Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, son.
On their top 20 national chart hit “Double Shot”...
the Medallions' rollicking free-for-all antics convey the impression that the song was recorded in the midst of a drunken fraternity bash.
At our beloved Phi Della Ratta “Double Shot” began to intoxicate the brotherhood in May of ’66.
The wild party platter was especially popular with Dell dudes who loved its rowdy theme, kegger atmospherics, and suggestive lyrics. “Double Shot” enjoyed heavy jukebox play throughout the summer, earning it a spot in the Shady Dell Top 50.
Greg: What do you intend to do sir? Della Ratta’s already on probation.
Dean Wormer: Then as of this moment...
they're on DOUBLE SECRET PROBATION!
“Double Shot” was still on the jukebox at Della House in August when the Medallions’ swung again with “She Drives Me Out of My Mind,” another rowdy record that injected a healthy dose of testosterone into the proceedings.
Featuring the same jock sensibilities and borderline dirty lyrics that allowed “Double Shot” to resonate with the male contingent, “She Drives Me Out of My Mind” quickly became a Dell favorite.
Doug Neidermeyer: And most recently of all
a "Roman Toga Party" was held...
...from which we have received more than TWO DOZEN
reports of individual acts of perversion SO profound and disgusting that decorum prohibits listing them here.
Figure 3: Phi Della Ratta aka Della House
Photo taken during "Dell Week" 1966
“Double Shot” and “She Drives Me Out of My Mind” were the perfect fun songs to help while away the hours at the Dell during school vacation. The Swingin’ Medallons kept the gang singing, dancing and laughing from the start of summer until fall rush week!
ZERO POINT ZERO.
Seven years of college down the drain!
What are we gonna do?
Road trip...Starcross road trip!
Have a Shady day!
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