Wednesday, March 30, 2011

John Lee Hooker: Boom Boom

The Blues Brothers

This is a video clip from the film, The Blues Brothers (1980), set in Chicago, home of the blues.The film starred John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd, two of the pioneers of Saturday Night Live, an American television show.

Written by: John Lee Hooker
Recorded: Late 1961
Released: May 1962
Album: Burnin'
Label: Vee-Jay Records
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From Wikipedia:
Boom Boom is an uptempo stop-time blues song that does not follow a typical twelve-bar blues pattern. "Hooker's sense of timing was his and his alone, demanding big-eared sidemen".[2] Backing John Lee Hooker (vocal and guitar) are members of the Funk Brothers (Joe Hunter (piano), James Jamerson (bass), and Benny Benjamin (drums)); plus Larry Veeder (guitar), Hank Cosby (tenor saxophone), and Andrew "Mike" Terry (baritone saxophone).

The song became a hit, reaching #16 in the Billboard R&B chart where it spent eight weeks in 1962.[3]Billboard Hot 100 (1962 at #60), one of only two Hooker singles to do so.[3] Thirty years later, after being featured in a Lee Jeans commercial in 1992, the song reached #16 in the UK Singles Chart.[4]
In 1995, the song was included in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's list of "The Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll".[5] "Boom Boom" was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame in 2009 in the "Classics of Blues Recording" category.[6]
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Boom Boom
By John Lee Hooker

Boom boom boom boom
I'm gonna shoot you right down,
right offa your feet
Take you home with me,
put you in my house
Boom boom boom boom
A-haw haw haw haw
Hmmm hmmm hmmm hmmm
Hmmm hmmm hmmm hmmm

I love to see you strut,
up and down the floor
When you talking to me,
that baby talk
I like it like that
Whoa, yeah!
Talk that talk, walk that walk

When she walk that walk,
and talk that talk,
and whisper in my ear,
tell me that you love me
I love that talk
When you talk like that,
you knocks me out,
right off of my feet
Hoo hoo hoo
Talk that talk, and walk that walk 

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