But in the meantime, here's a fun little project for all of us:
Best or Worst Post-Elvis Pop/Rock/Soul Record Referencing Fermented Spirits in the Title or Lyrics!
No arbirtrary rules whatsoever, obviously, although it would be a good idea if your nominees were posted by you in the condition the songs suggest.
And my totally Top of My Head Top Ten would be:
10. Procol Harum -- Drunk Again
From their next to last album with more or less the original line-up. And written about their tragically flawed but brilliant drummer B.J. Wilson.
9. Jeff Beck Group with Rod Stewart -- I've Been Drinking
Words fail me over how brilliant that is. For Beck's guitar solo alone.
8. The Hounds -- I've Been Drinking
My mid-70s band covering the Beck/Stewart version; I'm doing the Beck solo, and not badly, I think.
7. George Thorogood and the Destroyers -- I Drink Alone
I mostly never cared for Thorogood, but this particular song and video is without question the funniest ode to alcoholic solipsism of all time.
6. The Paul Butterfield Blues Band -- Drunk Again
Pretty droll, and Butterfield -- besides being one of the best blues guys of the 60s -- knew from whereof he spoke. In the mid 70s/early 80s, when I was living in Greenwich Village, I used to see him at the end of the bar every Saturday afternoon at the old Bitter End, and he was shall we say well lubricated on every one of those occasions.
5. Procol Harum -- Whiskey Train
One of their absolute best songs, and once again written about their tragic alcoholic drummer B.J. Wilson.
4. The Rolling Stones -- Loving Cup
A random choice from too many others by those guys to even contemplate.
3. John Lee Hooker -- One Bourbon One Scotch One Beer
Pretty much self-explanatory.
2. The Champs -- Tequila
One of the great early rock 'n' roll instrumentals. I should add that for years I was under the impression that both Seals AND Crofts played on this record, but apparently that is, as they say, misleading. They were members of the Champs well after "Tequila" had been a hit. That said -- this clip is actually totally live, which is pretty remarkable for its day..
And the numero uno, most fabulous song/record about that stuff that gets you high is unquestionably....
1. Dr. Richard Seaman -- Sweet Seder Wine
Alrighty then -- what would YOUR choices be?
Have a great weekend, everybody!!!