Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Babies and Buddies

Today we feature one of the great New Orleans' blues dudes, Mr Earl King. Apparently his real name was Earl Silas Johnson IV. Personally I think he should have stuck with that, it is much more distinctive that being yet another bluesman called King. But what do I know?

"Well-O, Well-O, Well-O Baby" - Earl King

"Buddy, It's Time To Go" - Earl King

Saturday, 9 February 2019

Issue Of The Day

Never mind Brexit or Liam Neeson or any of those other things we are told are the issues of the day. The question dominating discussion in my local last night was this: If Yvonne Elliman married Yellowman, would she be known as Yvonne Elliman-Yellowman?

I'll leave that one with you.

"I Can't Explain" - Yvonne Elliman

"Yellowman Getting Married" - Yellowman

Thursday, 7 February 2019

Chocolate Through The Ages

The Chocolate Watchband were one of the leading lights of the original American garage band scene back in the mid-60s. You could be forgiven for thinking that they left the stage stomping and snarling as soon as the 1970s rolled around never to be heard of again.

But you would be wrong. The band did indeed break up in the late 1960s, but the old gang got back together in the late 1990s and are still going strong. The current line-up includes three members from the old days, including the lead singer David Aguilar. They've just released their first album in nearly 20 years. It's called "This Is My Voice" and its pretty good.

I had planned to feature their classic "Are You Gonna Be There At The Love-In?", but that is one of the many victims of the Great Music Library Transfer Disaster of 2019 (see previous posts). Instead you are getting their moody take on a Bob Dylan tune from 1966, followed by one of the many fine tracks on the new album. You wouldn't think there were 53 years between them.

"Baby Blue" - The Chocolate Watchband

"Take A Ride" - The Chocolate Watchband

Monday, 4 February 2019

Arise, King Bed Bug the First

If you're a fan of innuendo, then the calypsonians are the men for you.

A few years back I was privileged to see the great Mighty Sparrow in a rare London appearance. At one point in the show he asked members of the audience to shout out a topic on which he would them extemporise a calypso. Shamefully, one member of my party yelled out "SEX!!!" at the top of the voice. 

This led to much disapproving tutting from the rest of the audience, not at her vulgarity but at the lack of ambition. Where is the sport in single entendre? Fortunately Sparrow ignored her and picked some other more innocuous subject. I can't now remember what it was, but needless to say it was all "sex, sex, sex" from the second verse onwards.

Which brings us on to Lord Invader and his explanation of why he wishes to be reborn as a bed bug. Once he's finished, Lord Kitchener describes the unfortunate set of circumstances that led to him being struck off by the General Medical Council. We round things off with Sparrow himself and a stinging critique of the then Trinidadian government's decision to restrict food imports from Guyana.

"Reincarnation (The Bed Bug) " - Lord Invader

"Doctor Kitch" - Lord Kitchener

"B.G. Plantain" - Mighty Sparrow

Friday, 1 February 2019

Groovey Joe and Jerry Lee

If these don't get you in the mood for the weekend I don't know what will. Have a groovey one (and, indeed, a Poovey one).

"Ten Long Fingers" - Groovey Joe Poovey

"High School Confidential" - Jerry Lee Lewis