Tuesday, April 1, 2014


Here's some random cool songs I ran into in the last 24 hours. At Aquarium Drunkard there's a handful that fall into the category of blue eyed soul, a term I've got issues with. It's soul or it ain't, eye color or skin color shouldn't enter into the conversation. Let me give you an example. Little Richard records "Tutti Fruiti", and it is rock 'n' roll. There's no debating that. But Pat Boone records "Tutti Fruiti", and what is it? Blue eyed rock 'n' roll? Is it rock 'n' roll? It is neither. It is pap, watered down, sanitized pap. There are no gimmees in rock 'n' roll, nor should there be in soul music. If it's watered down or half realized, call it watered down or half realized. Or clueless, or determined effort, or nice attempt or whatever, Anyway, whatever you want to call it, Aquarium Drunkard just posted some, uh, determined efforts, one by Leslie Gore and others by bands you probably never heard of. They're all really good, I'm totally digging the Leslie Gore cut.

I also ran into an instrumental of "Twist and Shout" by Neil Wolfe, a pianist. But what I like in that one isn't the piano, it's the rhythm guitar. Check it out, it has a kind of a reggae chunk-a-chunk. The drummer goes off in a couple places too. If you do want to here some really great piano, check Chuck Berry's "Wee Wee Hours" at Probe is Turning-On the People. Swear to God, Johnnie Johnson's fills are the star of that song.

Wax Wonders: Blue Eyed Soul at Aquarium Drnkard Four songs: Lesley Gore, Bob Brady & The Con Chords, and two by Wakefield Sun. Go there to get them.
Neal Wolfe - Twisty and Shout mp3 (via DivShare) at De Disco y Monstruos  Once you get to DivShare, click on the small green "Download" button, and scratch your head for fifteen seconds while the timer counts down. When the button reappears, you're good to go.
Chuck Berry - Wee Wee Hours mp3 at Probe is Turning-On the People Scroll down to Session 481

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