“I am just a vagabond, a drifter on the run and eloquent profanity it rolls right off my tongue.” L. George
I always loved this band which was fronted by the immensely talented, wry, charming and self destructively hedonistic Lowell George. When I was a teenager I saw them play live in the UK in 1976 when they opened for The Who. They had these giant inflatable cacti onstage while it was pissing down with London rain at Charlton Athletic football stadium. It was all beautifully surreal and the band cooked like volcanic lava.
This track is one of my favorites. I always thought that Lowell sang” “Got a whole whiskey flagon and I’ll bang your drum.” Which would have certainly gone along with his m.o. but apparently the line was: “Gonna hoist your flag and I’ll bang your drum”! I didn’t check this until after we committed our version to tape. I decided to leave it as it was. I like to think that Mr. George would have smiled and given a little wink! Accompanying me on the track is the great Mark N. Miller on resonator slide guitar and acoustic slide. I turned Mark onto the glory that is the Feet while we were on tour and this resulted in an all night ‘find it on the phone / play that one again’ listening marathon in our motel. ‘Herr Muller’ was hooked!
This track will be included on my new album, ‘Vagabond Songs’ but we are offering it here as a pre-release free download for anyone who purchases a ticket to one of the ‘living room’ concerts before the record is released in the Spring.
See you on down the road, friends!
released April 10, 2017
Recorded at Ear Gallery Music LA.
Engineer: Tony Green.
Producer: David J
I bought the 12 inch single for Bela Lugosi’s Dead at Fred’s records in St. John’s, Newfoundland in the eighties and it remained a treasured item in my collection until it was lost, left behind, stolen, loaned out, whatever. I accepted that that item was lost to time and likely irreplaceable. Hence my utter shock to see that I will once again hear this evocative masterwork on vinyl along with an extra three tracks. I recall Boys was included on the B-side of that long list single. Thank you! skritti