Friday, December 24, 2010

Crazy Horses!

Hey, there are TWO--count 'em!--episodes of the Sonic Safari podcast up right now! One is a special holiday mix, the other is just your basic episode of Sonic Safari, but it's a great one. There's a sort of psychedelic comedy set, and a killer gospel set, and their version of a "rock" set, which has a great Kim Fowley song about doing "the Motorboat," but I'll take this opportunity to talk about the song right after it, possibly the least obscure song they've ever played on the show, as seen below.

This song is so cool. On the one hand, it's shocking how much the song rocks. This is a bubblegum band of Mormon siblings, and they had this total hard rock song that was as heavy as just about anything on the radio at the time. But then you listen to it some more, and something sounds off. I couldn't put my finger on it at first, but then I figured it out. Listen to how he pronounces "horses." Not "hawses," as it should properly be pronounced in the African-American dialect that is standard for rock n roll. He's singing in the Richard-Pryor-doing-a-white-guy voice. Which is actually very cool. How many suburban white kids start rock bands and sing like suburban white kids? This is the authentic voice of the youth of Utah.


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