242: “Where The Hell Is Henry?” by Chuck Prophet

Photo shoot. Grandma's House.If you mix Tom Petty juice with Alex Chilton juice and reduce, it might taste something like Chuck Prophet sauce.

I suspect Chuck Prophet may be tired of Tom Petty references, but I’m going to compound his potential suffering by saying he even sort of looks like Tom Petty. Sorry, dude.

Chuck was in Green on Red back in the 80’s for you fossils out there. I’m linking below to “Where the Hell Is Henry?” from ¡Let Freedom Ring! (2009). But I’ve also posted a YouTube video of a song from Chuck’s impending album, Temple Beautiful.

Chuck’s music is straight ahead and fairly radio-ready, but it’s also slightly off kilter, with attitude to spare. I think you may dig it.

Suck down some sauce, and enjoy.

Song: Where The Hell Is Henry?
Artist: Chuck Prophet
Album: ¡Let Freedom Ring!
Label: Yep Roc Records
Buy from: Amazon | iTunes
Listen: MOG

Song: Temple Beautiful
Artist: Chuck Prophet
Album: Temple Beautiful (Unreleased as of Dec 14, 2011)
Watch: YouTube

84: “Thirteen” by Big Star

Big Star has pieces of music like yours in its stool.Beautiful song, this one.  “Thirteen” is from Big Star‘s #1 Record (1972).

Just might be another bathtub song.  Try it out, but don’t electrocute yourself.

Can I be an outlaw for your love?  Enjoy.

Song: Thirteen
Artist: Big Star
Album: #1 Record
Label: Stax
Buy from: Amazon | iTunes

15: “I Can Dig It” by Alex Chilton

Alex Chilton gazes into the great beyond.Wow, I just now found out from Wikipedia that Alex Chilton died in March.  I don’t guess it was in the news much.  RIP, Alex.

Alex Chilton (1950-2010) is best known for singing lead in the band Big Star.  A lot of his solo work is good, but not all.

Here’s one of his most rocking tunes, with one of the grooviest phrases ever turned into a chorus.


Song: I Can Dig It
Artist: Alex Chilton
Album: Lost Decade (1986)
Label: Last Call Records
Buy from: Amazon | iTunes
Listen: YouTube

6: “You’ve Got A Booger Bear Under There” by Ollie Nightingale

Ollie Nightingale, Pimp As Purple ItselfI lived in Memphis for a while, and was introduced to the music of Ollie Nightingale, who was still alive at the time.  He was part of what was still called “The Chitlin’ Circuit” by folks I knew, and which I took to apply to a certain style of performers touring the Southeast US, namely, “off-color” (woefully under-descriptive!) African-American musicians/comedians playing to largely African-American audiences.  I saw Bobby Rush, another musician I’d considered part of that scene, at a great show at the New Daisy Theater.  Some consider the term “Chitlin’ Circuit” applied to modern musicians to be derogatory, but I certainly mean no offense by it.  I enjoyed several “Chitlin’ Circuit” artists very much, and spent money on them, so I care where it counts.

Here’s a quintessential example of the type of song that would be heard on the “Chitlin’ Circuit,” as we called it: “You’ve Got A Booger Bear Under There,” by Ollie Nightingale.  No matter how you might judge the poetic content of the lyrics, it’s a soundly-written song and was often covered by the illustrious Alex Chilton.


Song: You’ve Got A Booger Bear Under There
Artist: Ollie Nightingale
Album: The Best of Ollie Nightingale
Label: Ecko Records
Buy from: Amazon | iTunes
Listen: MOG

Watch Ollie performing “Are You Lonesome” at a place and time unknown…