Jackie Wilson Knew How

Jackie Wilson knew how to move! Tell me he didn’t influence so many other greats. I only wish I could have been able to groove it like this — ever!

Here’s an interview from Gene Simmons (yes, from Kiss) on MusicRadar talking about his favorite tracks/artists:

““I saw Jackie Wilson perform this on some TV show. The producer had obviously said, ‘Now, Jackie, I don’t want you to do much gyrating ’cos it’ll scare all the folks out there’. Jackie didn’t give a shit!

“He went straight into the whole histrionic song and dance routine, moving his – for want of a better word – cock like I’d never seen a man move his cock before. He moved like the whole earth was shaking underneath his feet.

“Jackie was saying, ‘Music equals sex’. He wasn’t singing about taking a girl home and reading a few passages from Canterbury Tales. And when I saw how girls reacted to Jackie, I finally understood that, hey, girls like sex, too.”

Great stuff — and this old Shindig clip is gear! Or is it fab?! Or cool?! I dunno what we were saying back then. LOL

Jackie Wilson performs on Shindig

Imitation is Flattery?

I recently had an opportunity to go see the band The Decemberists at the Taft Theater in Cincinnati. I went with Eric, the guitarist in my band. It was a great performance and I truly enjoyed the evening of music and stage shenanigans.

Not long ago, the guys in my group got together and did a quick learn of The Decemberists song, “Sucker’s Prayer.” We obviously don’t have all the instrumentation they do, nor do we have the number of vocalists. But I think it was a noble attempt at the song. We recorded it for one of our episodes of Tales from the Closet.

The video here is our take on the song.