Saturday, March 15, 2008

Mister Trend's Random 10

You don't need much imagination to figure out what "Banana in Your Fruit Basket," an old blues song, is about, but if you haven't figured it out yet, it's from the excellent album Raunchy Business - Hot Nuts & Lollypops . The album does a great job of chronicling one of the most forgotten-about and lost aspects of the blues - sheer playful vulgarity. Few of the artists on this album are well known today (Lonnie Johnson is the most "famous"), but their performances are all top-notch. Some of the songs use metaphors, like this week's seventh song or Lil Johnson's "Get'Em from the Peanut Man," while others, such as "Shave'Em Dry" by Lucille Bogan, "Wipe It Off" by Lonnie Johnson, or "If It Don't Fit (Don't Force It)" by Barrel House Annie, are....less than subtle. However vulgar the titles seem, though, the songs are always incredibly clever with wordplay, and have a playfulness about them that, while not the norm, wasn't uncommon to blues in the 1920s and 1930s.

1. "Birds of Paradise" - The Pretenders
2. "PDA" - Interpol
3. Requiem, KV 626 - "Sanctus" - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
4. "Dollars and Cents" - Radiohead
5. "Thrills" - LCD Soundsystem
6. "Kissing the Lipless" - The Shins
7. "Banana In Your Fruit Basket" - Bo Carter
8. "Butter" - A Tribe Called Quest
9. "Swordsmen" - Genius/GZA
10. "My Melody" - Eric B & Rakim