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Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Sweet Gene Vincent

   Sweet Gene Vincent
               Let the blue cats roll tonight
                            At the sock hop ball in the union hall
                  Where the bop is their delight

Everybody should be familiar with Ian Dury's tribute to Gene Vincent from his seminal 1977 album New Boots and Panties - an absolute classic.

The other day I heard a fantastic live version  (Brixton Academy, December 22 1990)  which manages, even better that the studio album, to skilfully juxtaposition (© Pseud's Corner)  the almost spoken intro and then the moment when the band kicks in. I think what does it on the live album is the pregnant pause which seems to go on for ever even although everyone knows what's coming next.

Only fitting that we finish off with the skinny white sailor himself

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