For the week of 5/27/2013…

“One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer” by George Thorogood & the Destroyers

As I worked outside in 90-degree heat this week, George Thorogood’s version of “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer” revealed itself to be excellent hot-weather music.  Thorogood takes John Lee Hooker’s song and expands it past the eight-minute mark by combining it with a yarn about trying to get away with neither paying his rent nor making any substantive attempt to do so.  It adds a lot more meat to a song that was kind of threadbare in terms of lyrical content, event though very little actually happens in the story.  It’s a neat trick that similarly elevates other songs like “Stagger Lee” (for example, listen to one of Mississippi John Hurt’s versions).

As Mike can attest, Thorogood’s version of “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer” did not disappoint when we saw him live in Montclair over spring break.

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