Monkey music

The Chron makes a disclaimer about the random nature of its simian selection of primarily primate music. Were it not for that exculpatory language, it might be easier to claim that it was a mistake to leave out Too Much Monkey Business (flip side of Brown-Eyed Handsome Man) and Jo Jo Gunne (Chuck Berry), Can Your Monkey Do the Dog (Rufus Thomas, Carla’s father), and Monkey Shine (the Bill Black Combo, which backed Elvis). But it’s not so easy to forgive the omission of Austin’s own Geezinslaws, Son and Sam, and their oft-requested favorite, Monkey Man (“I will give you a big banana, if you’ll let me be your monkey man. We’ll go swingin’ through the trees,” and so on.) The recording has a beautiful obbligato fiddle embellishment. This is included in I Wish I Had a Job to Shove, available, along with other Geezinslaw productions, from Texas Music Round-Up. The ‘slaws will be out playing and singing at the Broken Spoke, as always, at their regular gig on the last Saturday of the month, in this case August 27. You can request Monkey Man and they’ll probably even perform it.

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