February 21, 2015 marked the second anniversary of the passing of Magic Slim. Slim was a true living legend and one of the last purveyors of the raucous variety of Chicago Blues. The first time I saw Magic Slim was on March 13, 1994 at the New Regal Theater in Chicago where he was opening for Pearl Jam. Yes, that Pearl Jam. Before you cry heresy, remember that Pearl Jam were arguably the biggest band in the world at the time and could have picked anyone to open the show. They chose a man who represented the musical history of the city and introduced him to their fans. Magic Slim’s set was filled with powerhouse blues and boogie and he surely rocked the house.
So with all this in mind, I have found my listening choices drifting back to Magic Slim over the last two weeks. Therefore, I am dedicating this week’s Hump Day installment to Magic Slim and his band The Teardrops which always had talented musicians playing the leanest, meanest, groovingest, movingest blues in town. Now, Slim didn’t really get down and outright dirty, but that’s half the fun sometimes right? He sang a few tunes where the metaphors are solid as a rock and ready to get hammered. Slim put his indelible stamp on Muddy Waters’ “Can’t Get No Grindin'” and with lines like “One had a bush and one had a peck” you know they aren’t really talking about a mill.
Now ladies, if your mill is broken down and you can’t get no grindin’, maybe you should meet up with Magic Slim. He may not be the man you want, but he is damned sure “The Man You Need.” When it comes to getting your lovin’ Slim says all you need to do is “Wake Me Up Early.” He’ll have a breakfast sausage all ready for you, if you know what I mean. The last song we have for this week’s Hump Day is Slim’s cover of Bobby Rush’s “Chicken Heads.” What in the name of Sam Hill is a chicken head? Apparently it’s a woman. A woman whose head is bobbing up and down like a chicken head. You can guess what she’s bobbing up and down on. Maybe it’s a creamscicle.
I hope you enjoy our Hump Day tribute to Magic Slim & The Teardrops. If Slim and his band can’t get you grinding and binding you may be in a coma. Tell me if you feel this…
Magic Slim & The Teardrops Can’t Get No Grindin’
Magic Slim & The Teardrops The Man You Need
Magic Slim & The Teardrops Wake Me Up Early
Magic Slim & The Teardrops Chicken Heads