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Saturday, June 01, 2013

Unorganized Onions


Unorganized Hancock is back, with their rendition of Green Onions.

Green Onions could lay claim to be the greatest single ever released.  You might disagree, but few would laugh at the suggestion. It's sort of universal and ubiquitous. How many times, in how many places have you heard that song?

The Heir got it in his head to play the keyboard a few weeks ago, and Green Onions naturally suggests itself as the first thing you might learn how to play. That's universality. It beats the hell out of Frère Jacques or Chop Sticks, that's fer sure.

Booker T. and the MGs did the original, of course. They were essentially the house band for Stax and Volt records.

I always preferred Stax records to Motown. I like the roadhouse better than the supper club. Besides Booker T, Stax featured Rufus and Carla Thomas, Albert King, Otis Redding, Sam and Dave, Eddie Floyd,  Wilson Pickett, Isaac Hayes, The Bar-Kays, The Staple Singers, and many others.

Our neighbor helped host a classic car show over in Mexico, Maine the other night. We attended and I took a bunch of pictures of cars you see in the slideshow. You're officially old when classic car shows start featuring models that you drove to high school. Or, more specifically, you drove to wherever it was you went to when you were supposed to be in high school.

If you'd like to help us buy equipment and instruction for our two boys, there's a PayPal tip jar in the right hand column. Many thanks!

[Update: Kathleen M. is the nicest person in Connecticut. Many thanks!]

14 comments:

vanderleun said...

Oh God. You've cloned them!


Aiiiiiiiiiiieeeeeeeeeee!

vanderleun said...

Oh course it would be much better than instead of covering Green Onions they could cover that cult classic, Green Sultans.

Leslie said...

I already shared it.

leelu said...

Stolen, posted, embedded linked, shared, your adjective here...

You never mentioned that the Heir was in fact triplets...!

Maybe, "The Happy Organ, by Dave "Baby" Cortez??

Something to shoot for...

Sixty Grit said...

Green Onions is the greatest single ever. The album Hip Hug Her is among the greatest albums ever.

I could carry on and on about how GO has been woven into my life, how my cousins were part of Stax and Volt, but suffice it to say, Green Onions is a great single with strong ties to my family.

Dan Patterson said...

You can't be cool if you try, and these chirren of yours is tres cool.

Nice touch to disconnect and just walk off at the end. Dig THAT.

Deborah said...

Green Onions! What a terrific performance. Have you played "Telstar" for them :)

julie said...

I've heard that tune a million times, but never knew its name.

Good reason to learn the keyboard.

benjaminthomas said...

Okay, that is just ridiculously good - in every way.

Sam L. said...

That there heir is a triple-threat triplet. Must eat you out of house and home and backyard for a half-mile around.

Plays good, and plays well with the spare.

leelu said...

The spam-bots have awoken...

dadofhomeschoolers said...

and there was only one MG in the whole collection.

Casey Klahn said...

Fun!

Dinah in Missouri said...

Oh, my! Music of my youth.....I identify that tune with getting to drive my mother's 1957 Dodge Custom Royal Convertible....turquoise and white. Your boys are astonishingly talented and it's fun to have watched the progression from their first videos here to this. Very accomplished!