The Crusher

Reginald Lisowski (July 11, 1926 – October 22, 2005) was an American professional wrestler, better known by his ring name, The Crusher (sometimes Crusher Lisowski to distinguish him from other Crushers, such as Crusher Blackwell).

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In 1964, the Minneapolis-based garage rock band The Novas wrote a song dedicated to him called “The Crusher”, with lead singer Bob Nolan imitating the raunchy voice of Crusher Lisowski (and his trademark yell at the beginning of the record). The tune, which included the lyrics “Do the hammer lock, you turkeynecks!” was popular in the upper Midwest and made it to #88 on the national Billboard chart. It was later covered by The Cramps on their album Psychedelic Jungle. The song has received a resurgence of popularity in recent years, as David Letterman has often played it on his late-night talk show. The Ramones released “The Crusher” paying tribute to Lisowski on their last studio recorded album, Adios Amigos.

THE CRAMPS LYRICS – The Crusher

Rape!

Do the hammer lock!
Do the hammer lock!
Do the hammer lock, you turkey necks!
Do the hammer lock!
Do the hammer lock, you turkey necks!
Everybody’s doing it!

Do the eye gouge!
Do the eye gouge!
Now do the eye gouge, you turkey necks!
Now do the eye gouge!
Do the eye gouge you, turkey necks!
Everybody’s doing it!

All right, you turkey necks! I wanna teach you how to do the Crusher!
And if you don’t learn it now, I’m gonna getcha in the ring!

Now first you take your fist,
And you put it on your waist,
Then you squeeze your partner’s head
Until she’s blue in the face!

Yeah do the crusher!
Do the crusher!
Do the crusher, you turkey necks!
Do the crusher!
Do the crusher, you turkey necks!
Everybody’s doing it!

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