Monday, August 3, 2015

Bob's Playlist #3, July 20, 2015

1. Leonard Kwan, “Ke’ala’s Mele.” [Welcome to the exciting world of Hawaiian slack key guitar.]

2. Willie Nelson, “Smoke, Smoke, Smoke That Cigarette” [I’ve become less enamored of Willie Nelson’s vocals over the years. There’s this feeling that some spark, some twinkle is missing. His voice is till top notch in many ways. A comparison to Johnny Cash might help. Johnny Cash never stopped changing and developing his vocal abilities. In his later years he made good use of what would have been insurmountable handicaps in others. Just look at “Hurt.” But I also haven’t listened to very much Willie Nelson in recent years. Al Dexter did the original in the mid-40s.]

3. Johnny Cash, “One Piece At a Time”

4. Hedwig & the Angry Inch OST, “Tear Me Down.”

5. Motorhead, “Bomber” [All I can say is that Saturday started with Motorhead. The version performed by Girlschool is also very good.]

6. Butthole Surfers, “They Came In”

7. Elvis Hitler, “Yummy, Yummy, Yummy (Satan Remix)” [Elvis Hitler broke up at the end of the 80s or at the beginning of the 90s. They always had problems because of their name. They were frequently picketed by people making assumptions based simply on their name. It was often assumed that they were racist and antisemitic. Racist because of “Black Babies Dancing on Fire.” The name was chosen because Elvis and Hitler were (are?) two of the most people of the 20th Century. Their best selling song was “Green Haze” – the words to the “Green Acres” theme set to “Purple Haze.” Elvis Hitler is a representative of Psychobilly – the name comes from Johnny Cash’s “One Piece at a Time.” Unfortunately, our library network has zero holdings in psychobilly. I checked a number of bands. It’s disappointing.]

8. Elvis Costello, “Poison Moon”

9. Lightnin’ Hopkins, “Black and Evil.”

10. Skip James, “Devil Got My Woman” [If at all possible find the early version from 1931. The quality of the recordings is lower but he’s at his peak. His music fits the popular conception of the Blues as sad and melancholic probably more than any other blues performer.]

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