WRECK: Blues Bleus Blooz Blauws
- wReck thiS meSS ~ Radio Patapoe 97.2 ~ Amsterdam
Ethno-Illogical Psycho-Radiographies: no. 237: Blues Bleus Blooz Blauws
Maandag, 27 Oktober 2003 (17.00 to 19.00)
"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired,
signifies in the final sense
a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and
are not clothed."
* President Dwight D. Eisenhower, April 16, 1953
"You can read my letter but you can't read my mind."
o Brownie McGhee
"I wonder why the world is the way it is /
I wonder why the world's in an uproar /
People fightin' all over the world /
I wonder when this nightmare comin' to an end /
You find so many young people
Fightin' in every town & on campus /
Ole people, leave those young kids alone /
Let them run their own lives"
o John Lee Hooker, "The World Today"
Work or Leave > Elliot Sharp's Terraplane 
Big House Blues > Pink Anderson 
Dis-Mois Blues > Houtkamp's Pow3 
I Need Power > Retrieve State Farms, Texas Prisoners 
Africanized Milking Cow > Houtkamp's Pow3 
Wake the Town > Little Axe 
Work Song Workout 3 > Houtkamp's Pow3 
You Shook Me > Jeff Beck & Rod Stewart 
Wimoweh > Pete Seeger 
Market Connection - With Evil Nice > Sensational 
Shake, Holler & Run > John Lee Hooker 
The Death of Robert Johnson > Houtkamp's Pow3 
Phonograph Blues > Robert Johnson 
The World Today > John Lee Hooker vs Canned Heat 
Traces of Mississippi Rap Section #2 > Anne LeBaron vs Nitti & Kreator 
You Drummer Listen Good > Keith LeBlanc 
Revolution in Jazz > DJ Smash 
Pont des Arts > St. Germain 
Dry Mouth > John Mayall 
Gaht Mayh Mohjo Woykin > Hearn Gadbois 
Muddy Waters > Brownie MGhee & Sonny Terry 
Homeless > Curtis Mayfield 
Underground > Manasseh meets Equalizer vs Curtis Mayfield 
Early in the Mornin' > Negro Prison Blues 
Riot in Cell Block #9 > Houtkamp's Pow3 
Riot in Cell Block #9 > Wanda Jackson 
How Long, How Long Blues > Lonny Donegan 
When I Fall in Dub > Tommy McCook 
Blueberry Hill > Jah Wobble 
Take Me Up > Loren Mazzacane & Suzanne Vangille 
I'll Never Get Out of These Blues Alive > Cowboy Junkies 
I'll Never Get Out of These Blues Alive > John Lee Hooker 
 "Blues for Next" on Knitting Factory <www.knittingfactory.com>
Pinioned between moving, academic, honorable and execrable
interpretations that are virtuosic although basically bloodless.
 "Carolina Blues Man" on Prestige/Bluesville vinyl. The Pink part
of Pink Floyd comes from this man. A medicine show entertainer for
most of his life, singing popular standards, he saved his best and
most original music, his blues songs, for private parties.
Personifies the notion that the blues is pinioned on the notion of
musical limitations creating a showcase for a deep-emotional and
evocative singing style. He used to practice in the woods with his
blind musician friend Simmie Dooley and a bottle of corn whiskey to
lubricate their throats.
 "The Thirteen Bar Blues" on X-Or <www.xs4all.nl/~xorluc>
<xorluc@...>. If androids fell to earth and tried to unravel
the mystery of the simple depths of the blues it would probably sound
a little like this. In an attempt to use the computer to find the
essential form of the blues and then play with it, Houtkamp's Pow3
have created an interesting tension between soul and machine,
investigation and improv whereby the musicians interact with computer
generated blues riffs and the machines begin to assume an autonomy to
the point where they may very likely be making their own blues music
without the interference of human beings. One of my Top 30 Best of
 "Negro Prison Camp Work Songs" on Folkways vinyl. The source of
much mythical recuperation of suffering rehabilitated as
 "The Wolf That House Built" Skip McDonald's excellent renovations
of blues [esp. Howlin' Wolf] via trip hop and dub. Major effective
sampling. One of my faves from the mid-1990s.
 "Truth / Beck-Ola" on Epic vinyl. Great unselfconscious white
blues homages to the greats. Of this Willie Dixon / JB Lenoir classic
Jeff Beck writes: "Probably the rudest sounds ever recorded. Intended
for listneing whilst angry or stoned." Say no more.
 "Pete Seeger's Greatest Hits" on CBS. Song known for its use of
Caribbean yodeling. Converted into mega-pop-hit as "Lion Sleeps
Tonight" by the Tokens.
 "Natural Shine" on WordSound <www.wordsound.com> One of the great
extemporaneous rappers of jive and soothing outrage. He could have
done vocal trips with Mingus.
 "Folk Blues" on Crown vinyl. One of the great one-man bands:
guitar, soul, voice, tapping foot.
 "Crossroad Blues" on Newsound. Had a mystical sense of
apocalypse due to truly tormented life and demons inside his head,
that destined him to die young, miserable, tragically - poisoned by a
girlfriend while he was performing in a juke joint.
 "Hooker 'n' Heat" on Liberty. Great boogie blues. One of the
best white blues-based rock bands that could lend something to their
black blues heroes and not make it look like spirit leaching.
 "Musicworks" on SOCAN <www.musicworks.ca>. Interesting but
uneven compilations of mostly Canadian composition. This piece just
points out the perils of weaving intellectual concern to something to
do with soul. Hi brow hitching a ride with lo brow [people's music].
 "Major Malfunction" on Select Cuts <www.echobeach.de>. The
original On-U release was very influential. LeBlanc house drummer for
the early history of rap and the seminal On-U projects goes on his
own. Pyrotechnic drumming from a master although it lacks some
 Great piece although I can't for the life of me put my finger on
the source off hand.
 "Tourist" on Blue Note. One of my favorite Euro downbeat lounge
concepts combining great licks, hooks and samples for soulful bluesy
jazzy danceable shit. One of my fave records of the past few years
despite their popularity. This piece uses John Lee Hooker's voice to
great atmospheric effect.
 "Jazz Blues Fusion" on Polydor. Mayall was my first serious
blues introduction. Although white and British, he pointed astutely
and reverentially to all of his influences. Somewhere between
inspired and studious, reverential and himself influential in his
dogged promotion of blues and employing many great black and white
blues in his sometimes inspired and sometimes messy ensembles.
 Great recombined cyborg blues.
 "Blues All Around My Head" on Prestige/Bluesville vinyl. Crafty
& obstinate country blues.
 One of my all time favorite soul voices and lyricists.
 "Step Like Pepper" on Select Cuts <www.selectcuts.de>. Taking
dub out of the lounge and into shark-infested waters. This rivals the
best of Twilight, Mossman, BSI, WordSound, Pitchblack, DubMission,
WTM compilations, Mad Professor It also has a conceptual tightness
that is sometimes lacking from other ganja-fueled dub projects. No
hippy-dippy noodling here. Great massive reuse of Mayfield's
 One of the most resonant and moving pieces of music in my entire
collection. Reused by several ambient-dub enterprises including
Guerilla Warfare & Soap Powder.
 "Let's Have a Party" on Charly vinyl, 1986. Sexy Baptist Queen
of rock'n'roll toured with Elvis in the early days who encouraged her
to rock out. Also produced some rockin' yodel numbers. Cooler chicks
never rolled out of any hay anywhere.
 "An Englishman Sings American Folk Songs" on Mercury vinyl. UK
crossover hit and Mr. Skiffle plundered US folk music who with cheap
instruments is credited with starting the UK DIY movement of anyone
can do music. The late
 "Blazing Horns Tenor in Roots" on <www.selectcuts.de>.
Cuban-born tenor saxophonist and founding member of the Skatalites
helped revolutionize Jamaican music with his brassy input.
 "The Legend Lives On" on Virgin 1990. Early collection of Jah
Wobble highlights. He was a huge influence on me with his bass-ic
influence in PiL.
 Great somber unredeeming relentlessly blue songs.
 Post-punk modernist roots, mythic cowboy, drugs, blues & Velvet
Underground made for one of the oddest and most memorable 1980s
interpretations of blues.
 Got to see him live in Paris 1990 backed or tightly framed by a
white long-hair shaking boogie band. Ugh. JLH was great when he got
to solo and that is when the outdoor Paris crowd clapped the hardest.
I wonder if the backing band took notice. I was there with a nervous
skinny American woman artist friend who had the sexiest bones poking
through her skin. We never made out although we DID hover in one
another's presence like two drunken bumblebees buzzing over
oo IN THE VERY NEAR future I will be doing part two of this Blues
thang but this time with a "real blues DJ" as Michel, an all-vinyl
man will be my guest in the coming weeks. I will be presenting the
interesting synergistic/ersatz blues stuff with Michel supplying the
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