Thursday, June 26, 2008

Hello Old Thing, Hello New Thing: 33

Big Bill Broonzy: When I Been Drinking (Okeh, 1941)
I admire "Big" Bill's chutzpah, I have to say. The thrust of his complaint here is that his "woman" is always "raisin' sand" (ie, quacking on) every time he comes in after a hard night spent tipping ale and rye whiskey down his gullet. Frankly, he says, she ought to back off and let him "lay down and rest". Later on he delivers a rhyme based on "kissed" and "fist" that is so off-colour it might leave some of our more genteel readers needing a good old-fashioned wheeze on the smelling salts. I'm going to try a little bit of this when I get back from drinking (the very next time I'm allowed out).

Talc: The Out Of Work Clown (Wah Wah 45s, 2008)
I feel blessed to live in a time where Bread, Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers have gone all the way from being near the top of the long list of least cool people imaginable to being the sort of names that are dropped by those who are looking to secure their place deep within the unimpeachably groovy firmament. Talc are just such a band and their forthcoming album is a riot of hugely melodic, soft-rocking treats based around their "Wonderbar" concept - the perfect drinking hole, essentially. I could imagine an instrumental of this accompanying the testcard during the long hours that the telly used to go off in those summer afternoons of my golden youth. Which is high praise indeed...

16 comments:

BLTP said...

I'll listen to the tunes later, but Talc ranks along with Elbow as a truly bobbins uninspiring name.

Rob said...

great record tho'!

FireEscape said...

Talc are but the latest in a long line of bathroom-product inspired bands. The Vaselines, Shampoo, er actually that's not very long, is it? Help! If there are any musicians seeking appellative inspiration, there's clearly a gap in the market for hip young gunslingers branded as The Hot Tubs, The Extractor Fans and The Bog Brushes.

Rob said...

Loo Reed
Bonzo Dog Doo Bath Band
(Canadian power-trio) Brush

Sime said...

Also, Cistern Sledge and well-known drummer Cozy Towell.

Sime said...

And Tiles Davis :(

BLTP said...

Bath Matt Bianco
or bath mat turner overdirve

Jimmy Nail brush

BLTP said...

and also
Razor Charles
Jarvis Ball Cocker
N’ Sink
I've never know how he spells his name but it's a good job Lou Rawls isn't english!

BLTP said...

Dove(s) with 50% small faces cream (stop me now I've hit a pun seam it's an addiction....)

Rob said...

Razorbladelight
Jelly Toilet-Roll Morton
*kills self*

BLTP said...

still some stuff 80's in here
Big soap dish
anyone anyone .....

Sime said...

Let's not forget:
Noddy Toilet-Roll-Holder
The Bleach Boys
Gerry Lavvertry (out of Baker St)

Silvana said...

Nancy Sponge-on

BLTP said...

Kaj poo-poo
better use some Andrex Ridgely

I'd give a minute if I was you.
use some AIR freshner....

Rob said...

*adjusts blond wig, turns up Mike Showers Plops*

Rob said...

Andrex Ridgely is very good. As is Tiles Davis