A hysterically misogynistic and very dated guide for those ladies seeking what seems a humourless guy who gets easily annoyed when you are just having some fun. Some of the advice though still stands today. Like not closing your mouth while chewing gum, and not talking to men while dancing. That's because we're trying to keep rhythm with the music, and are counting "one, two, one, two..." in our heads. Oh and doing your make-up in the rear-view mirror while anyone is driving, isn't a great idea too. And drinking too much? Who can blame her? This chap seems so uptight, that if you stuck a lump of coal up his ass, in two weeks you'd have a diamond.
Those artists that didn't go to the extremes of Bogan, would often allude to sexual practices through the metaphors of animals and food. Bo Carter, once described as the "master of the single entendre", recorded songs using thinly veiled food metaphors such as Please Warm My Weiner (1930) ,Banana In Your Fruit Basket (1931), and Let Me Roll Your Lemon (1935). Carter is regarded as one the earliest proponents of the style that is now referred to as dirty blues. When it came to animals, dogs, roosters and "pussy" cats where often employed. Not exactly Blues, more rag-time jazz, but British musician Harry Roy & His Orchestra's song My Girl's Pussy (1931) is hysterical.
These songs weren't all just throw-away comic fluff, they often challenged social taboos speaking directly to their audience in a language they understood. Many of the sings were banned from being played on the radio, and were only available to many of their listeners on jukeboxes. Even some of the most popular artists of the period recorded such songs. Dinah Washington, regarded as one of the most popular female black singers of the 1950s, recorded a couple of very risqué songs. In 1949 she recorded Long John Blues, which contained the lyrics "He took out his trusty drill. Told me to open wide. He said he wouldn't hurt me, but he filled my whole inside." The song was supposedly about a visit to her dentist! She also recorded a song called Big Long Slidin' Thing (1954), supposedly in reference to a trombonist.
Weird Retro Fact: Although the crossroads at Highway 61 and Highway 49 in Clarksdale is believed to be the legendary crossroads where Robert Johnson made his pact with the devil, new evidence says it maybe not be. In the song the crossroads he is referring to is actually in Rosedale, as he sings "Going up to Rosedale, got my rider by my side". In legend, and in voodoo, the Devil is always supposed to hang-out close to the river. The Devil, marking his territory with an “X” (hence the crossroads). Clarksdale is too far away for this to match the legend. However, Rosedale is right by the river.
From the first ever post on Weird Retro's facebook page. An album of condom wrappers of the 30s and 40s. Apparently they came from a eBay listing in Uruguay. Via the awesome www.ep.tc website.
Will have to track back through the archives and re-post some the popular and forgotten posts of the past 4 years. See what gems are hidden away in the various albums on facebook.