Friday, September 19, 2014

FILTHY FRIDAYS: Buddy Lucas "Shake Rock Rattle And Roll"

Judging by this incredible album, punk rock was invented in New York 20 years before the Ramones debut, by a black saxophonist playing instrumentals. You doubt me? Ladies and gentlemen, behold! the one album I've been dying to post here on our series of wild, post-war weekend-starters.

Buddy Lucas "Shake Rock Rattle And Roll" (18 songs)

If "lowbrow" music of the pre-rock crit era ever gets the respect it deserves, this album would be a Holy Grail collectible. I mean, just look at that artwork! 


Your momma was wrong: sometimes you can judge a book by it's cover, and the pulp-paperback, late-night, lurid cover of this 195? album perfectly suits the music, which ranges from mid-tempo striptease grind, to all-out proto-hardcore rockers like "Stand Up" and especially "Stampede" that must have seemed fairly incomprehensible to a Fifties audience. Perhaps that's why Buddy "Big Luke" Lucas had to pay the bills with session work.  That's him blowin' on Dion's "The Wanderer" and Frankie Lymons' "Why Do Fools Fall In Love," amongst many others. 

Oh, and how do you know that a '50s recording artist is black? They're not pictured on the album cover! The pic of Mr. Lukas below was collected elsewhere off the inter-webs. The actual back cover of this album contains no info, just a black-and-white rendering of that Bukowski-drumming-with-Jayne Mansfield front cover drawing.




11 comments:

Kenny said...

This is filthy! This so-called "Rock and Roll" music is Devil's music straight from the pit of Hell! It is unclean and it will warp your mind, young man! You need to get yourself to church and repent and get straight with God, and stop corrupting innocent children with this evil Devil's Filth - especially myself! I have difficulty resisting being hypnotized by the smoky sounds and wicked rhythms. It sickens me! I weep for the future.

Mr Fab said...

Man, like...dig this crazy square!

Orf said...

thks
wonderful album!

Count Otto Black said...

What an extraordinary album! For once I have to agree with the normally racist term "jungle music", since this guy's sax really sounds as though it might break loose and savage a few people at any moment. That or he's actually playing a bull elephant with holes drilled in its trunk and it's understandably pissed off.

If this record ever comes out on CD, they should make it a DVD and give you the option of watching old footage of burlesque performers while you listen, because it doesn't seem complete without visuals along those lines. Perhaps somebody with the necessary software might fancy combining this music with an appropriate film clip? I suggest those freakout scenes from Glen Or Glenda? in which strippers are inexplicably flogged by Satan.

Mr Fab said...

Yeah, great idea Count, there must be some clever video-savvy maniacs out there who could whip up something like that. *snaps fingers* Come on folks, hop to it!

Blofeld's Cat said...

once again, thanks for sharing your incredible taste in music and making my ipod so much cooler than it otherwise would be...

Amadeus said...

This is great stuff. Always loved the days of one mic hanging from the ceiling for the whole band.
Is that really Jayne/Mariska or just an artist's rendition of beauty in the 50's? Or is that a redundant question?

Mr Fab said...

You all are very welcome, thank you for swingin by our wild party. As there is no info whatsoever on the album cover, I don't know if thats really Jayne, Mamie van Doren, or whoever. I'd also like to know who the guitarist is, as there are some tantalizing glimpses of Link Wray-like fuzztone.

Plaz Aziz said...

I like the Ramones. My favorite is "I Want To Be Sedated." What I don't understand is how Punk can be called original, or that the Ramones invented it. Johnny Cochran, Gene Vincent, Little Richard, and others invented raw Rock and Roll. I guess if one never heard of these guys, Punk may sound new, but to me, Punk is derivative. Give me the early practitioners, like Buddy Lucas. Thanks for introducing him to me.

Billy Graham said...

Maaaan, this sounds like the shit!!

thanks!!!

Dirk Bill said...

Omg, what a find! Being a saxophone player, I really appreciate hearing the session guys who never got to step out. And this is easily the most outrageous example of that EVER!