Sunday, 11 January 2009
Last year I saw Hayes Carll and Tom Russell in fairly quick succession at the Luminaire. Both performed excellent sets; both sang songs about chickens - one a fighting cock, the other of barnyard-to-plate variety. Which got me thinking...
MP3: Joe Ely - Gallo Del Cielo
I think Joe Ely's version is better known than Tom Russell's original. Like so many Tom Russell songs this is a wonderful evocation of borderline lawlessness.
More Joe Ely: official site | Amazon | 7digital
MP3: Hayes Carll - Chickens
For some reason this song got the loudest cheer at Hayes Carll's Luminaire gig last year. I guess everybody loves chicken.
More Hayes Carll: official site | Amazon | 7digital
MP3: Hellwood - Chicken Shack
Hellwood is the rip-roaring collaboration between Johnny Dowd and Jim White. This is their love song to the finger-lickin' favourite. "When I eat fried chicken I need lots of room." Amen to that.
More Hellwood: Amazon
MP3: Bill Thomas & The Fendells - Southern Fried Chicken Pt. 1 & 2
I know nothing about Bill Thomas except that he evidently loves fried chicken as much as I do. Instead of his "good ol' southern recipe" I highly recommend Matthew Fort's. It takes time but the results are incredible.
MP3: McGee Bros - C-h-i-c-k-e-n Spells Chicken
A gem from the Ghost World soundtrack no doubt culled from director Terry Zwigoff's own collection of old records.
One final recommendation - the photo on this page is from Mark Lewis' brilliant film The Natural History of the Chicken. Watch it!
More Chicken Song Posts
Chicken: Anyone For Seconds?
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