Smokestack Lightnin’ disc

Smokestack Lightnin’ – Howlin’ Wolf

Howlin’ Wolf recorded this song in 1956. It was released in the UK in 1964 and got to 42 in the charts. It’s about a train.

This one single record contains everything you will ever need to know about rock ‘n roll.

Rumble disc

Rumble – Link Wray

The only instrumental we play at the moment. When it was first released it was banned. It wasn’t banned because of its words. It didn’t have any. It was banned because of the way it sounded. I imagine Link Wray was pretty put out at the time, but just imagine, he made a sound that frightened America! Without a single word. Who needs protest songs? What a guy. Teenage rebels of the future eat your heart out.

Boom Boom disc

Boom Boom – John Lee Hooker

John Lee Hooker recorded Boom Boom in 1961.

This is possibly the most sublime piece of popular music ever recorded. John Lee has recorded it many other times since. So have practically everyone else. But nothing since has ever even come close.

I Need A Man disc

I Need A Man – Barbara Pitman

Don’t we all?

Wang Dang Doodle disc

Wang Dang Doodle – Koko Taylor

We gonna have a wang dang doodle indeed.
I wonder what Koko was alluding to in this song. She sure as heck got to grips with it no matter what it was. This song was written by Willie Dixon which sort of makes sense.


I Put A Spell On You – Screamin’ Jay Hawkins

According to legend, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins was so drunk when he recorded the original of this song that he couldn’t remember recording it. That’s the way to make hit records kids.

Koko Taylor's The Earthshaker LP

I’m A Woman – Koko Taylor

An answer song to answer all answer songs. Enough said.