CAJUN ACCORDION DISCUSSION GROUP
A few weeks ago I was getting ready to drive to San Diego to a gig, and I happened to pull a cassette out to play on the way down. It was an old favorite that I probably had not listened to for 15 years or more - it was the English Beat "I Just Can't Stop It", recorded in the early 80's. I like the whole album, but when the tape got to "Best Friend" I just went nuts! This is a great up tempo dance tune - check the link above for a sample. I must have hit the rewind button 20 times! I started thinking that the tune was amenable to a zydeco treatment: stick a double clutch drum beat in there, and pick up the horn riffs on the triple row - it works!
I have not performed it yet, because the rest of the band doesn't know the tune, but I'm gonna slip it in there sometime.
Are you going to sing this English Beat song in French?!
No, it is staying in English. I don't think it would matter much either way though. I remember loving that tune and I had no idea of most of the words.
And besides, there is little zydeco in French any more. I do WAY more French than is the norm, so an occasional cross-over isn't a problem.
No clips to listen too.
The clips were there when I viewed that page, and I even went back after I posted and the link worked. Must be some strangeness about Amazon.
maybe this will work better.
You're gonna play hell saying Aiiiiyeeeee with a British accent.
Ah, the English Beat. Very cool. David, once you get this tune down you can dust off all your old Specials and Selector LPs - I bet there's loads of ska stuff that'd work with a triple row!
Chris Ardoin's "Turn the Page" CD has got a funky ska break on "Stay in or Stay Out - Pass the Dutchie". I'm not sure what to call Buckwheats "Waitin' for My Ya Ya" except it reminds me of rock steady.
Got Toots right here, and the Specials too...only question is which to put on first :-)
New guy here! Great discussion.
Take a listen to Big Red (from Lake Charles); he mixes in some reggae with his CD as well as Sean Ardoin. My very idle band, The Comealongs, covered Peter Tosh's "Downpressor Man." I think there's a live clip of it on the website. I play triangle and sing it. Not tooooo weird! :D
Bosco Stomp or bust. I'm listening to Octa Clark's and Ray Abshire's versions over and over again. Definitely one of the tougher tunes I've ever attempted. Steve
I am with you Rick, Jimmy Breaux's playing just knocks me out - an utterly amazing player. And such a good natured and unassuming guy too. I spoke to him once after a Beausoleil show, and told him how much I enjoyed his two solo discs. He actually seemed a little surprised that people knew about them, but genuinely pleased.