Thursday, December 7, 2017

Joe Hill Louis

Dancing around with the baby in the weird December sunshine to Joe Hill Louis. Super great wild primitive one-man-band blues from Memphis back in the day, very satisfying. I've never really been a huge blues fan (and watch me struggle when asked to play the most basic 12-bar stuff), but this totally hits the spot.

Apparently he was known as the "Pepticon Boy" after DJing a show sponsored by the patent medicine in question. Why do we not get products with names like Pepticon these days?

Yesterday I was hanging out in my favorite local grocery liquidators. As usual, they were playing some cable-radio station, and Neil Sedaka's "Laughter in the Rain" came on as I was checking out. This had the not-unpleasant side effect of getting that song stuck in my head as I walked home, so I looked online to see if Gwoogwoo Play Muzik had some of his 70s comeback stuff available. They didn't have what I was looking for ("Bad and Beautiful,"which my dad was very fond of), but they did have an album that he made for kids, Waking Up Is Hard to Do, in which he adapted various hits from his career. Among others, "Calendar Girl" became "Dinosaur Pet," and, most importantly, "Love Will Keep Us Together" became "Lunch Will Keep Us Together." So glad this exists, even if "kid music" typically drives me up a wall.