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Hump Day Playlist On Spotify

Happy Hump Day everyone! We’ve crossed the one year mark recently here at Blues Biscuits and over the year we’ve covered a lot of ground. Our Hump Day feature remains a popular mid week break and our recent PA Blues Fest Spotify Playlist drew some interest, so today we’re trying out a playlist related to Hump Day. It’s a nice sunny day here in the Northeast so it seems like a good time to take the top off and open it up with a smooth stick shift and solid chassis. No, you pervs, we’re talking about automobiles! Well, maybe we are. If you need it, worked on, lubed, loosened, tightened, tagged, tapped, or driven hard we’ve got just what you need.

A few of these songs were featured in one of our earliest Hump Day features – Johnny Winter, Eli Cook, Blind Boy Fuller, and Led Zeppelin. But now we’ve expanded the set to include Rosetta Howard, Amos Milburn, Chuck Berry, Joe Louis Walker, Junior Wells & James Cotton, Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials, and Super Chikan. Across the full history of the automobile, Blues singers have turned them into vehicles for sexual innuendo. Big back seats and secluded country roads helped write a lot of Blues tunes from heart break and infidelity to good times and afternoon strolls, it’s all in there. Today we celebrate the automobile and it’s contribution to Blues. Now, fill it up and drive it home!

Happy Hump Day!

Hump Day! Risque Tunes For Your Midweek Blues 10/08/14

BluesBiscuitsHumpdayIt’s Hump Day again boys and girls and it’s time to get truckin’, if you know what I mean. If you’re not sure, these lewd, crude blues will surely get you into gear.

Ah, truckin’, the age old rhyming slang for its f-word counterpart – and I don’t mean fruckin’. Blind Boy Fuller referred to truckin’ in a few songs including “Truckin’ Little Baby” and “Truckin’ My Blues Away.” He liked to have some truckin’ fun! “Truckin’ My Blues Away” also gave rise to another song of his called “What’s That Smells Like Fish Mama” and you can all guess what it is. SPOILER ALERT! It rhymes with “sprunt.”

A few years after “Truckin’ Little Baby,” Big Bill Broonzy pulled a Led Zeppelin (or is it the other way around?) and came up with “Truckin’ Little Mama” albeit with somewhat different lyrics. Blind Boy Fuller’s influence reached far into the 20th Century and beyond. Hot Tuna regularly played a version of “Truckin’ My Blues Away” they called “Keep On Truckin’.” Blind Boy Fuller is widely credited as the originator of the phrase “keep on truckin'” so his reach is far beyond the musical realm. Nowadays, the term seems to mean “keep going” or “carry on” and the intercourse angle has been put to bed. It’s a truckin’ shame.

DavePhilAlvinCommonGroundBig Bill Broonzy has had a major influence on music of the 20th Century and beyond as well. He was a huge influence on Muddy Waters who in turn revolutionized Blues, Rock & Roll, and even popular music, of every era since. In early 80’s southern California the Alvin brothers put together a band called The Blasters which was greatly influenced by Big Bill Broonzy. Dave and Phil Alvin have rekindled their musical relationship and released a tribute to Big Bill Broonzy (our review of it can be found here). Today we have a video from their recent tour doing a truckin’ great version of “Truckin’ Little Woman.”

If all goes well you’ll find yourself a truckin’ little woman for Hump Day who hopefully doesn’t have anything that smells like fish. if you are a truckin’ little woman, keep your cabin clean and keep on truckin’. For our final entry (that sounds dirty) we have a tune I found that doesn’t really fit in except that Kokomo Arnold seems to be happy to engage a Sissy Man if he can’t find a lady. So, if you can’t find a truckin’ little woman, maybe try a sissy man. Good luck with all that…

Blind Boy Fuller She’s A Truckin’ Little Baby

Big Bill Broonzy Truckin’ Little Woman

Hot Tuna Keep On Truckin’

Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin Truckin’ Little Woman

Kokomo Arnold Sissy Man Blues

Hump Day! Risque Tunes For Your Midweek Blues 6/25/14

LucilleBoganGreetings and salutations Biscuiteers! It’s hump day again and this time we’re gettin’ really down and dirty with Lucille Bogan and Blind Boy Fuller.

Our Lucille Bogan selection was suggested by the king of the cigar box guitars himself, Mr. Shane Speal. We blame him for this NSFW entry that could teach 2 Live Crew a few things about filth. The Washington Wives of the 1980’s would have hated Ms. Bogan and not just because she was black. Tipper Gore would have run screaming to Blackie Lawless for a hug after she heard this one. Tipper probably wouldn’t like “Sloppy Drunk Blues” or “B.D. Woman’s Blues” either. In case you’re wondering, B.D. stands for Bull Dyke. The Washington Wives would probably choke on that one too.

Lucille Bogan – “Shave ’em Dry”

BlindBoyFullerBlind Boy Fuller was well known for his hokum (double entendre) tunes, including “I Want Some Of Your Pie” which surely inspired Led Zeppelin’s “Custard Pie.” This Blind Boy Fuller tune isn’t as overtly dirty as Lucille Bogan’s “Shave ’em Dry” and given his Blind Boy status he can be forgiven if he said “Hello ladies” as passed the fish market that morning.

 

 

 

Blind Boy Fuller – “What’s That Smells Like Fish?”