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Hump Day! Risque Tunes For Your Midweek Blues 12/10/14

BluesBiscuitsHumpdayChristmasZat you Santy Claus? Creeping around after midnight, jiggling your sack, checking out our stockings, and delivering your loads? If you’re going to be playing Santa this year, you’ve come to the right place to pick up some pointers on what the adults might be expecting. That’s right, it’s another Holiday Hump Day installment. There’s no Blue Christmas here and with a little luck and persuasion, no blue Christmas balls either. That sounds dirty!

Lots of Christmas songs are about Santa delivering his presents, and this week we look at some songs suggesting that whoever is playing Santa at their house might have a little extra work to do. Now you might think it’s just the guys looking for a little extra Christmas good will, but the ladies are waiting with the mistletoe hung high and low.

First up we have Lil’ Ed And The Blues Imperials with “I’m Your Santa.” So if you are looking for a man in red to bring you that special gift, Ed’s your man. If Ed’s busy making house calls, William Clarke offers his services in “Please Let Me Be Your Santa Claus.” He’s looking forward to your red hot kisses under the Christmas tree. I hope you like pine needles in your stockings.

If you’re looking for someone to deck your halls, Jimmy Butler is offering his services. Jimmy wants to trim your tree for you and he seems pretty sure you’ll be happy with his work. He should definitely make sure he stops at Shakura S’Aida’s house this year. She’s looking for a man to “Be My Santa” and she’s encouraging her Santa to bring that bag of toys. Do the girls on the naughty list get different toys?

You better make sure you get back in a flash from your midnight ride, or Victoria Spivey ain’t gonna let your see her Santa Claus. I’m pretty sure she’s not talking about her collection of Hallmark Santa ornaments.

Happy Hump Day, everybody! Now get out there and spread that Christmas cheer.

Lil’ Ed And The Blues Imperials I’m Your Santa

William Clarke – Please Let Me Be Your Santa Claus

Jimmy Butler Trim Your Tree

Shakura S’Aida Be My Santa

Victoria Spivey I Ain’t Gonna Let You See My Santa Claus

Hump Day! Risque Tunes For Your Midweek Blues 9/17/14

VictoriaSpiveyTime’s running out on Hump Day but it’s not too late for some black snake moaning. Black snakes crawling, black snakes creeping, and crawling king snakes everywhere. The snake, the serpent, the biblical slithering source of sin – it turns up often in blues and it’s offering fruit from the tree of carnal knowledge. “Black Snake Blues” by Victoria Spivey is the first known recorded reference to the Black Snake metaphor. Victoria recorded the song in 1926 for Okeh. It is thought that Blind Lemon Jefferson wrote his “Black Snake Moan” in response to Spivey’s tune. Response songs were common in the early days of recorded music. If a song became popular, others tried to capitalize by recording an answer song. This is a trend that continues today, for instance, 50 Cent recorded “21 Questions” and then Lil’ Mo recorded “21 Answers.” Also, all throughout the history of blues, but especially in the early days, musicians would capitalize on the popularity of a song by re-writing in slightly and issuing it. So, once the Black Snake was unleashed it started turning up in dark places everywhere.

One of the most famous uses of the snake in blues is John Lee Hooker’s “Crawling King Snake.” The Hook recorded several versions and so have a myriad of other artists including The Doors. Jim Morrison was considered a major sex symbol in the late sixties and he knew how to supercharge the music with sexuality. He, and The Doors brought the danger, mystery, and sexuality of blues into their apocalyptic rock music.

So today we have Victoria Spivey’s tune that started it all, Jefferson’s answer song, The Hook rocking out with Foghat and Paul Butterfield as he asserts his dominance, and some rare footage of The Doors recording John Lee’s classic. Maybe next time we’ll feature David Coverdale singing about his Whitesnake. Maybe not…

Victoria Spivey Black Snake Blues

 

Blind Lemon Jefferson Black Snake Moan

 

John Lee Hooker Crawling King Snake

 

The Doors Crawling King Snake

 

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