11/16/2004 06:20:34 PM|||Mark Coltrain|||I hope all is well with you and yers, o holy barbarians of the super highway...

Hmmm, well I learned the hard way on how not to attempt a post on this here blog. I’m about the most computer illiterate person I know, an IT dunce if you will...

I’d just finished this nice little piece on Sol Hoopii and tried to get it up but to no avail. Alas, though I don’t believe in fate, I’ll take it as a sign to save the slack-key king for another day.

It’s cold outside and I’m feeling like some funky stinky dirty rhythm and blues circa 1969. I want a heapin helpin of Snatch and the Poontangs to warm me up and make me blush and grin. You know about Snatch and the Poontangs only album?

This is the dir-TEE brainchild born of Johnny and Shuggie Otis whose seed lies in their earlier 1969 album Cold Shot with the Signifying Monkey, Pt.1 – the monkey’s adventures are resolved in Pt. 2 on Snatch...

This is one of the raunchiest albums around that would give the bluest of Rudy Ray Moore, LaWanda Page, and Redd Foxx a blistering run for their money.

The charm of this album, aside from late night drunken guffaws, lies in its preservation of a classic African American institution called “the dozens.” To me there’s not much funnier and more fun to play. “The dozens” are some damn funny rhyming insults that have been on occasion popularized by the likes of Shirley Ellis in “The Clapping Song,” Rufus Thomas in “Walking the Dog,” and way way back by Kokomo Arnold in “The Twelves.” Its modern day incarnation has become the “Yo Mama” snaps (or gags) that were popular a few years back (and still are at my house), published in books (by James Percelay) and I think there was a sketch about the dozens on In Living Color.

The images presented by Mr. O and his Crew are crude and timeless – many lines of which you may recognize from blues songs from pre-war to Chess’s slick Chicago. (Nick Cave also does a good job of lifting some of these lines word for word on his version of “Stagger Lee” (Murder Ballads, 1996).

This stinky stew can always lift my spirits to an underbelly up high cause it don’t get much better than some lowdown street humor on a chilly Tuesday evening.

Yo mama’s got a peanut butter wig with jelly sideburns,




ps – i hope you enjoy “two time slim,” you’ll probably recognize a line or two...

  • Snatch And The Poontangs - Two Time Slim

  • |||110064815000654540|||The Dozens and Dozens. 11/17/2004 01:36:33 PM|||nichole|||Thanks for this track! What a great brag.11/30/2004 12:16:29 AM|||darwin|||Damn. That track puts most gangster rap brags to shame.

    Wow. I need to go wash my ears out with soap.