Billy Childish & The Chatham Singers – Juju Claudius

January 01, 1970

(Damaged Goods Records)

 

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Billy Childish (Thee Milkshakes, Thee Mighty Caesars, Thee
Headcoats, etc.) has turned his attentions once more to the blues, with wife,
Nurse Julie, sharing vocal duties and some guy named “Bludy” Jim on harp. The
sound is as primal as any of Childish’s old garage-rock records while remaining
faithful to the spirit of the blues (or country, on “Angel of Death” by Hank
Williams).

 

 

They swagger their way through the Slim Harpo standard, “I’m
A King Bee,” with Nurse Julie changing the lyrics to “Queen Bee” while rocking
an attitude that’s every bit as lecherous as Jagger’s version ever was. And the
album-closing rendition of Jimmy Reed’s “Baby What’s Wrong” sounds pretty much
exactly like an outtake from the Kinks’ first album (once you get beyond the
female vocals). Other highlights range from “Juju Claudius,” with its ominous
chain-gang rhythm, to Nurse Julie’s Oscar-worthy vocal take on the haunting “A
Picture of You,” which just gets creepier with every verse, blurring whatever
line you’d care to place between obsession and psychosis (“Let me crawl into
your mouth/Let me dissolve/Let me break off both of my arms/Let me not even
evolve”).

 

 

Standout Tracks: “A Picture of You,” “Juju Claudius” A. WATT

 

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