Friday, April 2, 2010

Weird World

Blowfly was scheduled to play tonight at 924 Gilman Street in Berkeley, but the show is no longer happening for whatever reason. Too bad, because I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to share his first LP, titled The Weird World of Blowfly. After listening to it, be sure to go check out his act in person when you have a chance. It’s a good creepy time.

Most of what we have to say about Blowfly’s background and place in music was already covered when we decided to look through The Evil Eye in print form, which wound up being the only issue thus far due to economics. So there. Compared to future records like Blowfly Disco and Porno Freak, this 1970 debut is a bit on the rudimentary side. The songs are stripped down versions, but the Fly carries it off with a great voice—and a flair for creating the funniest damned parodies of familiar R&B classics. Sam & Dave, Otis Redding, Curtis Mayfield, and James Brown are just a few of the artists whose work is thoroughly desecrated by Blowfly’s bawdy approach.

Most of Blowfly’s albums are still in print. And they’re cheap. If there’s a good record store near you, there’s a good chance they’ll have some. Start with this one and keep going.

Yesterday was my birthday, and that’s no April Fool. Now send me presents. And money. Especially money. Or you could…

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