The other night, while digging around at Boogie Woogie Flu (yet again), I ran into a post with Howlin' Wolf's "Moanin' at Midnight", and, man, was it good to hear it again, particularly in the mood I was in. It's about as compact and filthy sounding as the man gets. If you don't know it, it really is worth hearing. Holy shit, is it. His kind of half humming, half moaning at the beginning, the distortion soaked guitar, and the harp would be enough, but the cardboard sounding drums, and the spooky feeling that this is a man possessed ...it's enough to give you the creeps. particularly because there's nothing fancy about it. At the abrupt end, it sounds as if someone yanked the plug to prevent something bad from happening.
So, here's the song and a few others. If you missed The Howlin' Wolf Story the first time, it's been reposted in six parts at YouTube. Have your morning coffee with the Wolf for the next six days. Swear to God, every band is Blues Hammer compared to him.
~ NOTE: ALL MEDIA IS HOSTED BY THE BLOGS & SITES NAMED BELOW ~Listen:
Howlin' Wolf - Moaninin' at Midnight mp3 at Boogie Woogie Flu
Howlin' Wolf - Back Door Man mp3 at Snuthing Anything
Howlin' Wolf - Wang Dang Doodle mp3 at Burning Hand
Howlin' Wolf - Evil mp3 at Snuhthing Anything
Howlin' Wolf - I Ain't Superstitious at Ticket to the Blues
Howlin' Wolf & Muddy Waters - Highway 49 mp3 at Ticket to the Blues
Howlin' Wolf - Killing Floor mp3 at White Light Black Light
Howlin' Wolf - Coon on the Moon mp3 at Ticket to the Blues
The Howlin' Wolf Story at YouTube Six parts, check the right column.
The Unofficial Howlin' Wolf page at Perfect Sound Forever - A whole mess of articles, links, photos, and an extensive discography.