Monday, July 23, 2012
Georgie Fame & The 5 Coolest Songs I Listened To This Weekend
Georgie Fame's "The Ballad Of Bonnie & Clyde" was one of the very first records I remember owning. This was a novelty record that appealed to me when I was a wee lad, but has not aged well at all. (We have something in common.) An earlier Georgie Fame hit, "Yeh Yeh" was another one that for years, made me run for the hills. The campy sound of his organ and his Mose Allison hipster vocal tone and delivery was made for someone else. But as I am wont to do, I never gave up, taking in "Jo-Jee Femm," as Van Morrison would say, one LP at a time, thanks to some friends who were fans and who pointed me in the right direction.
Fame's 1969 release "The Seventh Son" was on heavy rotation this weekend. This is a record that could not have been recorded in any other year but 1969. It is indeed campy and dated, but in the very best ways. Fame never hung around with bad musicians, and its these guys, and the aforementioned vocal delivery of Fame, that now, all these years later, found my wheelhouse. The hook in "Am I Wasting My Time" is pure genius. And is there anything cooler than counting off a song with "Guess What It's True" instead of "1-2-3-4," as he does on "Somebody Stole My Thunder?"
Another song that has been blowing me away since the first time I heard it is Fame's four on the floor groove behind his version of James Brown's "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag." Man, this arrangement is BIG! Check out that bass note at 9 seconds and 33 seconds. Badass.
I put together a playlist with 5 songs that took up a good portion of my weekend. The JB cover, three from "The Seventh Son," and "Time I Moved On" from the LP Fame recorded with Alan Price.
Let me know if what you hear makes you want to hear more, or if you ran for the hills.