Tuesday, January 13, 2009

complimentary: spitting feathers

King K4089.

Spitting feathers. In between wads of hardened yellow phlegm, that is. This morning I had to stop at the side of the road and cough into a pile of dead leaves. Like Johnny Pneumonic. Without a car for cover, one's antisocial behaviour is alarmingly exposed.

pneu•mo•nia |njuːˌməʊnɪə|
lung inflammation caused by bacterial or viral infection, in which the air sacs fill with pus and may become solid. Inflammation may affect both lungs (double pneumonia), one lung (single pneumonia), or only certain lobes (lobar pneumonia).

pneumon•ic |njuːˌmɒnɪk| adjective

ORIGIN early 17th cent.: via Latin from Greek, from pneumōn ‘lung.’

From the promotional label (because I'm such a lazy bastard):

"Charlie Feathers was encouraged by his friends and family to record because of his different style of singing. At the age of 21, in 1954, he made his first professional appearance in Florence, Alabama. Beside being co-writer on these two sides, Charlie has also written some fine songs, including the hit "I forgot to Remember to Forget". Charlie is married and has two children; a boy and a girl."

Written by Feathers, Chastain and Huffman. And famously covered by Lux Interior and Poison Ivy.

Charlie Feathers was born in Holly Springs, Mississippi in 1932. He died in 1998.

CHARLIE FEATHERS: CAN'T HARDLY STAND IT from "Everybody's Loving My Baby b/w Can't Hardly Stand It" Promo 45 (King) 1956 (US)



Ramone666 said...

This is such a great song... Hard to say which version I like more, as I knew the Cramps one first.
Btw: DMCA and Blogger takedowns have resumed of late, as you probably noticed. As I feared, the Xmas ceasefire was only temporarily.

Your driver said...

Holy Shit Ib, I haven't been a "real" record collector in many years but that is a classy item to have in your collection. I found a grey market Charlie Feathers cassette in a truck stop in Bakersfield. It was from Holland. It's almost impossible to get anything by Charlie Feathers over here. He's a legend, but no one knows what he sounded like. He finally had a very classy retrospective issued on Revenant Records, but I believe it's out of print.

ib said...

Sadly, I can't lay claim to possession on the original King 45. I first heard Charlie Feathers doing this some years back after tracing it as the result of my affection for the Cramps'(very faithful)version. I scoured the web in order to track down a label scan.

The only other song I have of his is 1974's "That Certain Female" (originally released on Rollin' Rock). I'd love to hear that Revenant retrospective; I believe he also appears on a Renegade Rockabilly compilation, and similar vinyl and CD releases through Rhino and Norton.

Great stroke of fortune to come across that cassette in Bakersfield via Holland.

ib said...

Ramone 666:

I hadn't noticed the takedowns had resumed. Bad news, but like you say, not entirely unexpected.

Shit. I am still stumbling around half-comatose after the New Year's lull.