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12’ Bar Ramblin’ #58 ‘Hokum Blues’ with Stefan Matussek

6 April 2021

Blues music is known for giving a voice to the heavily burdened and less fortunate in society, but it could also display a more lighthearted, comical and “naughty” side. Hokum Blues songs make use of extended analogies and euphemisms in a humorous fashion to convey sexual innuendos. These types of songs go all the way back to the earliest blues recordings, when it split off from its minstrel and vaudeville show origins. While very explicit lyrics in Blues songs did exist, typical hokum blues songs were more popular at that time as they were (if only barely) still within the boundaries of what was socially acceptable at the time.

Playlist

Tube Snake Boogie - ZZ Top
It's Tight Like That - Tampa Red
Struttin' My Stuff - Lucille Bogan
Meat Balls - Lil Johnson
You Put It In, I'll Take It Out - Papa Charlie Jackson
Please Warm My Weiner - Bo Carter
Ham Fatchet Blues Part 1 - Buddie Burton
Truckin' My Blues Away - Blind Boy Fuller
Let Me Play With Yo' Yo-Yo - Blind Willie McTell
Bumble Bee - Memphis Minnie
Let Me Squeeze Your Lemon - Charlie Pickett
Selling That Stuff No. 2 - The Hokum Boys
My Pencil Won't Write No More - Bo Carter
Wipe It Off - Lonnie Johnson
Press My Button (Ring My Bell) - Lil Johnson
Elevator Papa, Switchboard Mama - Butterbeans & Susie
Dressed With the Drawers - Carl Rafferty
Banana Man Blues - Memphis Minnie
I Want My Hands On It - Big Bill Broonzy
One More Greasing - Georgia Pine Boy
I Like My Baby's Pudding (Digitally Remastered) - Wynonie Harris
Big Long Slidin' Thing - Dinah Washington
Hesitation Blues - Reverend Gary Davis
She Loves My Automobile - ZZ Top
Don't bite the hand that feeds you - Hangin' Judge
Toy For You - The Dirty Mojo Blues Band
Boogie With The Doctor - Little Jimmy (aka Don Croissant)
Mind your Manners - Liza Ohlback

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