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Do the Clam

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Words & Music: S. Wayne/ B. Weisman/ D. Fuller
Hey everybody gather round
Listen to that bongo sound
Grab the first one in your reach
Now we're going to shake the beach

Do the Clam, do the Clam
Grab your barefoot baby by the hand
Turn and tease, hug and squeeze
Dig right in and do the Clam

You can get your heart to spin
On the outside looking in
Moon ain't gonna last all night
Well let's work up an appetite

Do the Clam, do the Clam
Grab your barefoot baby by the hand
Turn and tease, hug and squeeze
Dig right in and do the Clam

Everybody's got that beat
Well listen to those happy feet
Ain't you glad that you found out
What the Clam is all about

Do the Clam, do the Clam
Grab your barefoot baby by the hand
Turn and tease, hug and squeeze
Dig right in and do the Clam

Do the Clam, do the Clam
Grab your barefoot baby by the hand
Turn and tease, hug and squeeze
Dig right in and do the Clam
Dig right in and do the Clam
Recorded: 1964/06/12, first released on single

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JimmyCool (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 22, 2013report abuse
I kinda like it... really.
Gorse (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 11, 2013report abuse
I always thought the film was much better than the soundtrack, which needs extra echo to make it more acceptable.
This song never finds its way on to my playlists although I heard it at a party recently and it did not sound as bad as I remembered. The instrumental bits save it from utter disaster.
sugartummy (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 2, 2013report abuse
This song belongs in my top 5 of worst songs from Elvis.
Cruiser621 (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 12, 2012report abuse
The absolute worst song he ever recorded. Talk about garbage; this is the ultimate in bottom of the barrel crap.
freedom101 (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 22, 2012report abuse
A classic!
TCB1974 (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 21, 2012report abuse
Love the movie and soundtrack! The last Elvis movie in true blockbuster style with the lovely Shelley Fabares. The first single taken from it was not the best choice, but Puppet on a string was an excellent choice and reached #11 in the USA. Not bad for 1965 and the soundtrack reached #8 - a success that commercially is equal to the NBC TV Special. Still wondering why Elvis continued with movies for a few more years?
Great Dane (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 9, 2011report abuse
This song was #1 in Japan! My kids do like it also,so in that case it's positive. I also was at school in the 90's but never been bullied about his songs,i think everyone knows he was as an artist to big to discuss about a couple of movie-songs.
Monster (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 9, 2011report abuse
I've always thought there were some excellent songs on this soundtrack but this was not one of them. Only Wolf Call sinks lower than this. It seems dated and a cynical and badly misfired attempt to sound "hip" in 1965, the year in which pop music grew up they say. Did anyone honestly think doing the clam would catch on. I got so much abuse from my mates at college in the 1990's when they heard this song. The movie years should have ended with Roustabout.
tornado (profilecontact) wrote on May 15, 2011report abuse
The song being what it is, I always took the maximum out of it, inclunding the instrumental, It was not too often that we could hear a long bridge in Elvis 's song. I always love the tune.: the bongos are wonderful. It's 1964, Spring Break, Florida etc what's missing? Oh yeah, me in the resort :-)))
GEORGE (GK) (profilecontact) wrote on May 15, 2011report abuse
Fun movie song.. but definately not "single" Material for Radio airplay. It seems, somebody wanted Elvis to have a dance Craze song like "The Twist" in his catalog of music. It wasn't needed.
Jesse Garon Presley (profilecontact) wrote on May 15, 2011report abuse
Not a favorite of mine, but i do not dislike it at all also, wether you like it or not, it's part of Elvis never ending Legacy, which is still standing high these days, those filmsongs do no take away the influence Elvis still has today in the Musicworld and On Popstars nowadays , Justin Bieber for instance. Always El.
Chop983 (profilecontact) wrote on May 15, 2011report abuse
There's nothing I like to do more when I hit the beach than 'The Clam', Girl Happy is my favourite formula movie but Either the title track or Do not disturb would have been better singles, having said that the strippers song 'I've got news for you' is probably the best of the lot.
Deano1 (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 20, 2010report abuse
Recorded for and included in the movie and soundtrack LP "Girl Happy" (1965). The song works well in the movie (a very good movie), but it looses something on record. In probably the worst decision concerning Elvis' single releasese, RCA and Colonel Parker released this song as a 45 hoping it would start a dance craze. It didn't, but the song still hit a respectable #21 in the U.S. I wish they had released the title tune as the single, it would have been a top 10 hit. Yes critics on this site, it is a shame he didn't go head to head with the Beatles with a better single, then again two years later the Beatles would be us crap like "Strawberry Fields Forever" and "I Am The Walrus" and the "great" Rolling Stones would be wearing devil horns on their album cover.
elvis1279 (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 10, 2009report abuse
Definitely NOT the best single to put out just as Beatles are really rolling, but hey, I like the song and it goes well in the film.
JerryNodak (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 9, 2009report abuse
I thought it fit the movie scene quit well. Imagine IF it had caught on as a dance craze. Would the song be held in such low esteem? No. Do The Clam. Do the Clam. Grab your barefoot baby by the hand. Dig right in and Do The Clam. Play that sax solo, Boots. Excuse me, I'm off to listen to the wonderful, delightful, tune-filled FTD soundtrack.
Deke Rivers 6 (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 9, 2009report abuse
this is a fine song with a good sax solo. Worst ever single ? by who, Elvis or anyone ? I can think of a lot worse by any artist. Has anyone heard Roy Orbison's version of "Mean Woman Blues" total tosh !
derekd (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 9, 2009report abuse
Bad, but not the worst, At least it was a Uk top 20 hit geting to #19. Worst than 'Clam'? try 'Lon Legged Girl' or 'The Love Machine'. Looking back to 1965 and 'Clam' just geting to #19 as stated, then we have the follow up geting to #1 with the release of 'Crying in the Chapel' . Looking back Rac could have released What now, What next, Where to, or Slowly but Surely, or Memphis Tennessee, or Down in the Alley, or Tomorrow is a long Time or 'Suppose'... Any of these song would have been hits.
Shakingruud (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 9, 2009report abuse
Probably the WORST ever single release.......YAK!
Ruthie (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 9, 2009report abuse
Yes, it is a horrible song but no worse than most of the movie tunes. In all fairness, since music is in the ear of the listener, even the very revered Beatles put out some songs that to me were totally ridiculous. And that started the British Invasion where we had wonderful songs like "Mrs. Brown You've Got A Lovely Daughter" and, of course, the fantastic "I'm Henry The 8th I Am"! Wow! The oldie stations play this stuff & I still can't stand it. It's all in what appeals to you.
Steve V (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 9, 2009report abuse
This single singlehandedly (no pun intended) gave fodder for all the Elvis haters out there in the 60's. There could have been no worse choice for an A-side in 1965, but this goes to show you how bad the soundtracks were becoming. The single, the LP & the movie all showed Elvis sinking into creative lows while other groups were rapidly advancing. Yes this is one of the reasons Elvis is not taken as seriously as I hate to say it again but The Beatles, Stones, Dylan, etc. Even the title is silly, Do The Clam. Poorly recorded, this was hard to imagine just a few years earlier.
FJE (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 9, 2009report abuse
Although this should never have been released as a single and of course it is no classic I actually am fond of this as well. I like the instrumental sax part and that chorus build up. It does suffer from poor stereo mix though. I once tampered with it and put the opening guitar on one channel and the bongos on the other with Elvis coming in straight in the middle. The effect is much better.
dgirl (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 9, 2009report abuse
Piece of turd. What made it worse was it was 1965 and the music landscape was changing rapidly (just like in the 50's) while Elvis was lagging behind badly with songs like this. The trendsetter of the 50's was now old hat. Imagine trying to make a dance out of this! Totally embarassing.
John4126 (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 9, 2009report abuse
The Stones had 'Satisfaction', The Beatles 'Help', The Beach Boys 'California Girls' and Dylan had 'Like a rolling stone' whilst our man was churning out crud like this.
JLpResLey (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 9, 2009report abuse
Not the type of song that the king of rock n´roll should have recorded. Never liked it, and I´m sure I never will do.
bajo (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 9, 2009report abuse
Strange as it may be, in my younger days I actually enjoyed this. Later days I've edited out that silly instrumental part of it, ending up with a proper "master" imo. It's not often on my playlist. But, my children like it! With Do The Clam it seems that people either love it or hate it. It's just a simple soundtrack song, no more no less! It made some chart actions in the far east if I'm not mistaken!
JerryNodak (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 18, 2008report abuse
I've always enjoyed this song.
old shep (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 16, 2008report abuse
An awful film(Girl Happy) spawned an equally terrible single release.What were RCA thinking when they put this out?
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