Dirty Blues

Jeff Oliver, contributor

If you watch any sort of news programing you’ll constantly see older people talking about how things were better in THE OLD DAYS. (They definitely weren’t. Read any book ever.)

They will continue to talk on and on about how this generation is constantly talking about filth and how that’s what is ruining the country/world, especially when it comes to music. Granted, I like a lot of older music, but I don’t think there is much to their argument. The only difference between then and now is that in the age of the Internet we don’t have to worry about censorship; people, however, have always been the same.

For your pleasure, here are a few examples of songs from THE OLD DAYS to let you know that everybody always has the same thing on their mind. Do yourself a favor and look up a few of these old ditties:

 “Please Warm My Weiner” by Bo Carter (1930)
It’s hard to pick one song from a man who wrote songs like: “Pin in Your Cushion,” and “Banana in Your Fruit Basket,” but this tune might be the most classic of all the dirty blues. Bo is also the original writer of the classic “Corrina, Corrina,” which has been covered by everyone from Taj Mahal to Eric Clapton to Bob Dylan to that band full of dads that plays in that garage down your street.

“My Girl’s Pussy” by Harry Roy and his Orchestra (1931)
Really, do yourself a favor and give this a listen. Do you believe that this song is actually about a woman’s pet cat? I mean, no self-respecting British orchestra from the 1930s would play a song that would fit snugly in Frank Zappa or Ween’s catalogue, would they? It sounds genuinely like you could hear this song playing in the background of a scene from Boardwalk Empire or Downton Abbey or even a Dita Von Teese burlesque show.

“Shave ‘Em Dry” by Lucille Bogan (1935)
With lines like “I got something between my legs/could make a dead man come,” this gem from 1935 proves that not only can women sing the blues, but they can get raw about it. While most bawdy songs of this era dealt in metaphor, Lucille sang in a straightforward style that would make Caligula blush.

A few honorable mentions:
“If It Don’t Fit (Don’t Force It)” by Lil’ Johnson (1937)
“Baby, Let Me Bang Your Box” by The Toppers (1954)
“Do The 69” by Dirty Willie Madison (1959)





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