Monday, June 9, 2008

The Intentions do Diddley

I didn't comment on the death of Bo Diddley. I was busy, and Bo didn't move me. I dug his beat, but didn't have anything to say.

But thanks to the blog of a friend of the Jestaplero's, I learned that Bo authored "Pills," a rockin' little number that was featured prominently in the Intentions' first headlining show. We did it for a bout a year after that; I can remember, becauseBill used to get . . . peeved that I wouldn't sing the right lyrics. I would sing whatever got in my tteny little noggin, hopefully remembering to say "goin' to my head" and "rock and roll nurse" somewhere before we were done. tomanonymous and ¡barangus!™ can probably confirm that I am not faithful to song lyrics.
they can probably confirm I'm not faithful to much. . . .


but I digress.

Here's what I learned about the tune and ol' Bo:

The New York Dolls' new album "Live At The Fillmore East", recorded in December 2007 during a 2-night stint at the New York Fillmore, includes the band's version of the BO DIDDLEY song "Pills". Now performed by the band as a celebration of punk rock's roots, "Pills" has long been a staple of the band's live repertoire. The New York Dolls have posted a YouTube video on the band's blog on the Official New York Dolls MySpace website of their Valentine's Day 2008 live performance of "Pills" at the New Alhambra Arena in Philadelphia, PA. Recorded at BO DIDDLEY's home studio in Washington, DC in May 1961, "Pills" has become an enduring live favorite of punk/new wave bands around the world after the New York Dolls chose to include their version of his song on their influential 1973 debut album.



So we thank Bo.

5 comments:

tomanonymous said...

My most vivid memory of seeing him open for the Clash in '79(?) at the ontario theater - He broke a string on his rectangular geetar (A Gibson, not a Gretsch, IIRC) and proceeded to replace it onstage, unaccompanied, with no adjustment to his volume control whatsoever.

It still sounded better than D'Ceats.

Little Johnny Jewel said...

When I saw Hüsker Dü, Bob did the same thing when he broke a string on his Flying V. At Dü volume that was... interesting.



Alt +0252, in case you're wondering.

tomanonymous said...

I saw him do that on the Warehouse tour at Lisner, except that they vamped behind him and eventually he turned it into a feedback-laden solo from hell, as he made sure the new string was good n' stretched.

The opposite of Bo, this was indeed the best part of that show, as that entire tour consisted of them playing the Warehouse album (not their best, and certainly not their catchiest lp to start with), in sequence and more or less note-for-note.

Wee Willy Safire said...

as that entire tour consisted of them playing the Warehouse album (not their best, and certainly not their catchiest lp to start with), in sequence and more or less note-for-note. don't forget that they'd enetered "hate each other" phase by then [which we didn't know], helping make a mediocre album That. Much. Worse.

¡barangus!™ said...

OK but I gots ta tell ya's. That Bob Mould Lisner string change was one of the most blistering and completely punk rock and roll moments I have ever experienced. Maybe because it was juxtaposed around a relative snoozer of a show but it killed i tells ya, killed.

Dü.

That's option+u u for mac folken.