Saturday, 31 July 2010

Songs of the Shrimp


Photo: SA Steve @ Flickr

Song of the Shrimp is one of the weirder tunes in the Elvis Presley canon but now has an odd poignancy in light of the effect the Gulf Coast oil spill has had on the region's shrimpers.

MP3: Elvis Presley - Song of the Shrimp

Amazon | Find it on Kid Galahad/Girls! Girls! Girls!

Elvis recorded the track for the soundtrack to his 1962 film Girls! Girls! Girls! but I first heard it sung by Frank Black of all people. His 2005 solo album Honeycomb couldn't be further away from the sound of the Pixies and his version is brilliant. Recorded in Nashville with the likes of Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham it's a wonderfully laid-back record that also includes covers of Dark End of the Street and Doug Sahm's Sunday Sunny Mill Valley Groove Day.

MP3: Frank Black - Song of the Shrimp

Amazon | Find it on Honeycomb

In interviews promoting Honeycomb Frank Black claimed he'd never heard the Elvis version and was instead inspired by Townes Van Zandt's cover on Live at McCabe's. He told Barney Hoskyns in Uncut, "He just barely plays the song, he just hits a chord and sings a line and cracks up, hits another chord, makes a joke... it’s a really deconstructed but very entertaining version, and that was my reference point." That's an accurate description.

MP3: Townes Van Zandt - Song of the Shrimp

Amazon | Find it on Live at McCabe's

Any other suggestions of fine seafood related songs? It's a shame not many things rhyme with whelk.

12 comments:

Wayne said...

The Fall have both Mollusc in Tirol and Squid Lord to add to this hirtherto sadly neglegted rock sub-genre (pun intended)

Holly said...

... I do indeed have a soft spot for Shoes For Industry's 'Talk Like a Whelk" ... haven't played it in far too long. Thank you!

And Townes' version of 'shrimp' slays me :-)

Holly said...

Oh! And how about the completely insane "The Lobster" by Fairport Convention?

Cocktails said...

I believe that Einar from the Sugarcubes released an album punningly titled In Cod We Trust. It features a nice shouty song about the delights of cod called Not Clean.

Holly said...

OK ...

elvis (again) - do the clam
yorgi yorgesson - my clam digger sweetheart
sadies - clam chowder (but it's an instrumental, so perhaps not)
squeeze - pulling mussels
b-52s - rock lobster
timbaland - lobster & scrimp
andrew sisters - hold tight (want some seafood mama)

and let's not get into fish!

基韬 said...

雖天地之大,萬物之多,而惟吾蜩翼之知。..................................................

于庭吳 said...

每日都有新日光,每日都有新希望。.................................................

敬周喜 said...

好熱鬧喔 大家踴躍的留言 讓部落格更有活力..................................................

恩宛玲如 said...

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哈哈,忍不住一篇一篇翻出來看耶!!!..................................................................

王辛江淑萍康 said...

做些小善事,說些愛的字句,世界更快樂。..................................................

said...

在莫非定律中有項笨蛋定律:「一個組織中的笨蛋,恆大於等於三分之二。」..................................................

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