I am going to revisit some of my posts from the early years of this site.
I ran a series of compilations that were called Basic Garage Mechanics. Essentially they were songs that I felt every garage band had in their repertoire. Every local band played at least 2 or 3 of these songs.
I have put together a fresh look at each of the songs and their importance to the genre of garage bands.
"Spoonful" is a blues song written by Willie Dixon and first recorded in 1960 by Howlin' Wolf. Called "a stark and haunting work", it is one of Dixon's best known and most interpreted songs. Etta James had a pop and R&B record chart hit with "Spoonful" in 1961 and it was popularized in the later 1960s by the British rock group Cream.
Dixon's "Spoonful" is loosely based on "A Spoonful Blues", a song recorded in 1929 by Charley Patton (Paramount 12869),itself related to "All I Want Is A Spoonful" by Papa Charlie Jackson (1925) and "Cocaine Blues" by Luke Jordan (1927). The lyrics relate men's sometimes violent search to satisfy their cravings, with "a spoonful" used mostly as a metaphor for pleasures, which have been interpreted as sex, love, or drugs.
It could be a spoonful of coffee, it could be a spoonful of tea
But one little spoon of your precious love, is good enough for me
Men lies about that spoonful, some of them dies about that spoonful
Some of them cries about that spoonful, but everybody fight about that spoonful...
01 willie dixon and howlin' wolf
02 allman joys
03 etta james
04 paul butterfield blues band
05 blues creation
06 ten years after
07 canned heat
09 grateful dead
10 chris whitley
11 willie king and the liberators
12 aquarium rescue unit
13 shadows of knight
14 blues project
16 vivian campbell
19 jack bruce & mick taylor
20 govt mule
21 harry manx
22 izzy stradlin
23 ronnie wood
24 robert plant & sensational space shiftefs