1.27.2012

Figplucker's 21st Century Blues: Drunken Spree (Skip James)

It's the Year of the Blues here at the Mighty Blowhole...

As we move further into the new millennium, it's appropriate to look at a musical genre that, as it ages, seems to become more a part of our distant past than our musical present,even though the influence of the blues is still vibrant in the music of today...

So, to honor the blues, Figplucker's handpicking a variety of vintage blues songs, rerecording em for the 21st Century (seemed a bit disingenuous to rerecord 'em + try to make 'em sound like they were recorded 100 years ago), + posting 'em here on the blog for your enjoyment. Or whatever.


First up: Drunken Spree, originally recorded by Skip James, a classic Delta blues...



Leave a comment + let me know what you think.

4 comments:

  1. DRUNKEN SPREE

    I love my baby yes I do
    I love her till the seas go dry
    And if I thought that she didn't love me
    I'd take morphine and die

    It was late last night when my baby come home
    I heard that girl rap on my door
    I said Is that you, my honey my baby
    My darlin' don't you rap no more

    I pawned my watch pawned my chain
    pawned my diamond ring
    If that don't settle my drunken spree
    I'll never get drunk again

    I hollered Oh me, oh my,
    I'll never let another drink go by
    If I thought she didn't love me
    I'd take morphine and die

    I love my baby yes I do
    I love her till the seas go dry
    And if I thought that she didn't love me
    I'd take morphine and die

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  2. This fucking rules. It sounds far away, and loud, and drunk, and a bit sad but also kinda like grinning, which is a neat trick. Bravo!

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  3. Thanks, brother! Da5e's gonna help with the mixing + production from here on, so the sound'll surely improve...

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  4. This is really cool and haunting, 'cept I'd strip about 80% of the stoner effects out of it, because you're burying some really good music behind a lot of unneeded distorto. You're a GREAT singer, but I can't hear you in this mix because it's buried by a bunch of warbly noise that's really not that fascinating to the non-chemically-impaired. ;) Blues songs don't have much in the way of riffs, so the power of 'em relies heavily on the lyrics... and ya can hardly make out a word of this (or a lot of the picking) because the effects are just drowning it into this smear of audio-slurry. You've got waaaaaaay enough organic skill not not need the FX throwing shade on it; all the computer stuff's just getting in the way and smearing digital mud all over a good thing you're buildin' there. I mean, it sounds cool, but with no lyrics to hang on it starts to get a little droney. It doesn't need to get as bare-bones as Skip's original (especially if you're going by the 30's recordings and not the slightly-spiced-up "She Lyin'" version) - a little trippiness would likely still work, just not THIS much. Strip that stuff off the top of it and bring the vocals way-way-out so they're the stand-out part of the song and you can hear the words clearly, though, and I think this thing would kick twelve kinds o' ass! Still good like it is, though... but, I wanna remix, because I can hear enough to know I'm bein' robbed of somethin' by that gahdamn pedal! :)

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