Lucille Bogan: Shave 'Em Dry II (1935)

 |   |  <1 min read

Lucille Bogan: Shave 'Em Dry II (1935)

In these days of earnestly crotch-thrusting young women on video clips you long for something which has that long forgotten ingredient: wit.

Old time blues is ripe with innuendo, downhome analogies and suggestive lyrics. When Lonnie Johnson sings of being the The Best Jockey in Town he doesn't mean he brings home the winners.

Lil Johnson in the Thirties delivered a line of sexually suggestive songs with titles like Sam the Hot Dog Man, My Stove's in Good Condition and Got 'em From the Peanut Man (Hot Nuts).

One of the standards, which historian Paul Oliver says existed before the blues as we know it, was Shave 'Em Dirty which was recorded by Ma Rainey in 1924 (see clip below).

Lucille Bogan also recorded a version -- and then on the same day in '35 did this highly explicit version/revision which rather puts Madonna and Lady Gaga in the shade.

It went unreleased.

For obvious reasons.

For more oddities, one-offs or songs with a backstory see From the Vaults

Share It

Your Comments

M J Dorn - Jul 8, 2010

Great minds think alike! Dirty ones too. (check out the blog post @ http://djmjd.wordpress.com/2010/05/03/%e2%80%9cshave-%e2%80%98em-dry%e2%80%9d-%e2%80%94-lucille-bogan/

Good work!

Gavin Hancock - Apr 18, 2013

Lucille's rendition makes every "explicit" rap song seem tame in comparison!

post a comment

More from this section   From the Vaults articles index

Girlschool: Tush (1981)

Girlschool: Tush (1981)

In the catalogue of hard rocking women, Girlschool out of Britain deserve to be counted in there alongside Joan Jett, the Runaways and a few select others. They arrived as part of the New Wave... > Read more

The Roadrunners: LSD (1967)

The Roadrunners: LSD (1967)

With British r'n'b rock legends the Pretty Things scheduled for a New Zealand concert (see interview with Dick Taylor here) in December 2012, it seemed timely to ressurect this obscurity from the... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

THE KILLERS, a film by ROBERT SIODMAK (Shock DVD/Blu-Ray)

THE KILLERS, a film by ROBERT SIODMAK (Shock DVD/Blu-Ray)

Of all the great film noir movies of the Forties and Fifties, few have the cachet and longevity of The Killers from '46. Based in part on a short story by Ernest Hemingway, the great Burt... > Read more

Cape York Peninsula, Australia: Land of myth and wonder

Cape York Peninsula, Australia: Land of myth and wonder

No more than a few minutes south of the tiny settlement of Bamaga in Australia's remote far north, Dean hauls our sturdy four-wheel drive Oka over and somewhere off the map and we climb out.... > Read more