Low Cut Connie have a new long player out called 'Hi Honey' on Contender Records. It's pretty badass and you should definitely go and buy it. Right, that's self promotion done and done. Now it's time to discuss some of the lesser known but still totally rad rock and roll peeps who undoubtedly had a lasting effect on LCC and our new LP. The following artists/bands/heroes are both old & new. Alive & sadly passed on. But all of them are deserved of their dues and if you haven't heard of them, you should make it today's priority to listen to each and every one of these awesome, unsung motherfuckers. You're welcome.
Dan & Adam, Low Cut Connie.
Mr Williams has become one of my all time heroes. When Elvis and The Colonel were cashing cheques for ‘Heartbreak Hotel’, Andre was not f**king about with singles like 'Jail Bait', 'Mean Jean' and 'The Greasy Chicken.' An R&B master who has never wanted to shake or ignore the controversy, Williams has written and released material on all the best labels, including Norton, Chess, Motown, Bloodshot and In The Red. Oh, an he also co-wrote and produced 'Shake a Tailfeather.' His career has spanned six decades, with some of his best stuff coming in the last ten years (‘Agile, Mobile & Hostile' is badass). I got the chance to see him perform in 2008, the year in which rumour has it he sold his suit for junk. It was brilliant. Now clean and sober, he is still making kickass records which you should go buy. Now.
The band that changed everything for me. I grew up high on Nirvana then got swept up by Oasis. Then came The Strokes and The White Stripes who undoubtedly made some killer records in the early 00s. But when a friend of mine played me their self titled debut EP I lost my shit and found the light. The track 'Enemy' is pure brilliance and if, like me, you were fortunate enough to see them live then you are complete.
These dudes. They made my old band The Big Bang second house band for club night/haven ColdRice and although we tried and came close, nobody could ever quite match the pure radness of Copter live. An epic rock and soul slingshot to your nuts. The track 'Can't Help It' from the LP of the same name is three sheets to the wind, rap-tastic fury that sums up the band's hurtling approach to R&R. COPTER RULE OK.
T Model Ford
Even though he was a lesser known blues hero, T Model was no less a master. Having spent his formative years incarcerated for murder, his legend proceeded him when he finally got his chance to cut records and hit the road in the 70s. Working predominantly with Fat Possum Records throughout his career until his passing in 2013, T Model became an icon of raw and righteous, stripped down blues that took from delta, juke joint and Chicago styles. He often toured with his long time drummer Spam who was a law unto himself. I had the pleasure of meeting him on one occasion where he said to me 'Dan... you married?' 'No' I replied. He then slowly turned to me and said 'I have son... 5 times. 3 times to the same goddam woman!'
All picked by Dan
Hasil lived in a trailer in West Virginia his whole life, recording one-man-band insanity on his little half-broken tape machine. His demented genius hillbilly boogie included material about decapitation, hot dogs, SPAM, and a mysterious sex act called "the Hunch". I saw him play to about 30 people in New Jersey years ago before he died. His die-hard fans knew he was the king of something but they couldn't put their finger on what. He had more groove than most schmucks that call themselves rock n rollers. Shout out to the Norton Records folks for givin him a little juice at the end of his life. The world just wasn't ready for him.
Mose played juke joint slop-boogie piano on lots of Sun Studios sessions in the 50s pre-Elvis, and like a lot of Memphis characters just kind of faded away for many decades. When I lived in Memphis in 2001, he was in his 80s and had only one eye. He was playing downtown for tips at the Center for Southern Folklore and his piano style just completely knocked me over. Thinking back on it, he was probably the biggest influence on my piano maneuvers and Memphis music adventures. He died a year later, and although there aren't a lot of recordings of the man, I want people to know his name. Check out his "Forty Four Blues". He was the real deal.
Everyone knows him from the Buster Poindexter "Hot Hot Hot" schtick, but I'll never understand why people don't talk about this New York Doll as one of the greatest rock n roll frontmen to ever hump a stage. The man is pure style and pure trash...everything that New York rock n roll is supposed to be, in my estimation. The fact that he and the Dolls are not in the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame is evidence of why that institution is a rotten doggie bag full of ATM slips and poisoned wax apples. Johansen still lives on Staten Island and is still a real piece of work.
Jerry Blavat aka The Geator With The Heater
The Geator is a local legend in Philadelphia and New Jersey, where I grew up listening to his dirty oldies DJ schtick straight outta South Philly. On any given night, you can hear him chanting, "Give her the wood" or "The girl sucks ya penis" over a Little Richard record to a bunch of pie-eyed Carmela Sopranos. At 75 he's still out on the boogie, gigging every night, flirting with everything that moves, and keeping the flame of old black rock n roll alive on cheesy casino dancefloors. He's become a close pal of mine and Low Cut Connie, and people all over the joint should know about the Geator.
All picked by Adam