April 4, 2011

Happy Birthday Muddy Waters...

by Chris Randall
 



My general theory is that if you have style in your delivery, everything else (production, lyrical content, the music itself) is fairly unimportant, and Muddy Waters went a long way towards supporting that theory. I mean, if you listen to his records or live shows, they're kind of a mess. The music is all over the place, everyone on stage or in the studio was self-taught, you can tell they generally tuned by ear, and the gear is the 50s/60s equivalent of Behringer shit.

But these dudes delivered more style in one note than most of us can manage to conjure in a lifetime of playing and performance. No histrionics. No cutesy bullshit. No outlandish outfits. No backing tracks. No video. Just a sharp suit and a huge wallop of attitude.
 
 
 

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Apr.04.2011 @ 2:27 PM
onar3d
Here's some reinforcing your point: link [www.youtube.com]

Gives me the shivers every time.
 
 

 
Apr.04.2011 @ 2:41 PM
v8media
Wow, thanks for that Onar, I've never heard that album before. Dang purists.
 
 

 
Apr.04.2011 @ 3:24 PM
somethingbig
I think "style" is the wrong word. Or at least has the wrong connotations. A lot of music today has style: all sharp suit and no attitude.

But it's not just attitude, it's how he can deliver the goods without overselling them.
 
 

 
Apr.04.2011 @ 3:38 PM
beauty pill
I love AI. Thanks for this. Very inspiring.

Throw down, throw down, throw down. That's the only thing I wanna do.

- c
 
 

 
Apr.04.2011 @ 6:28 PM
mikebeck
One of my favorite Muddy albums is "Hard Again". Like a house party cut to vinyl. You can't not like it. Thank you for commemorating this day.
 
 

 
Apr.04.2011 @ 7:15 PM
rollmottle
I think the word we're looking for is -- SOUL.
 
 

 
Apr.04.2011 @ 11:56 PM
bongo_x
I wish at any point in my life I was as cool as that bass player is in that video.

bb
 
 

 
Apr.05.2011 @ 12:52 AM
Chris Randall
That's the White Man's Burden. We've got a hard limit on how cool we can be, and for better or worse, Tom Waits is the event horizon.

Unfortunately, most of us end up more like Moby. Except with less licensing of our mediocre electro-pop, and thus no fly lower East side loft full of shit-hot gear.

-CR
 
 

 
Apr.05.2011 @ 5:03 PM
bongo_x
That hurt. Because it's true.

bb
 
 

 
Apr.05.2011 @ 7:45 PM
DGillespie
"...and thus no fly lower East side loft full of shit-hot gear."

and when it comes down to it, this is the real tragedy.
 
 

 
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