So I was playing around YouTube. I wanted to share a great song I was listening to by Blind Boy Fuller. One of the best songs from the “Blues from the Vocalion Vaults” collection I got from Amazon. I love very old school blues there is some great stuff before World War II that most people haven’t heard.
And I had YouTube on autoplay and one of the most hilarious songs I have ever heard came on “Till the Cows Come Home” by Lucille Bogan. It’s one of the bawdiest, raunchiest and most hilarious songs I have ever heard. I was wondering if this kind of song was more common back in juke joints, but I didn’t see much like this in dirty blues collections.
And I read an interesting blogpost about it that included the lyrics, I guess women of that era called their vulvas cocks in that area, which I actually think is pretty awesome. Prudishness to me is a very, very odd thing. Sexuality is part of life and being hilarious like this is totally awesome.
Her most famous song is probably “Shave ‘Em Dry” which is also very raunchy. I wonder though is she was too upfront with her sexuality for some people. Reading her biography she didn’t go by Lucille Bogan later in her career. I wish she did more amazing songs like this. There isn’t much like it, ever. The lyrics are also very, very dirty.
I feel like we lose something from censorship. There was pushback in the 1930s from Mae West to possibly Lucille Bogan, I am not sure in music, but my guess is it was likely. I know the Hays Code came in during that time in 1930-1934, which probably stopped a lot of hilarious movies and jokes. And possibly some very interesting and fun movies in the Golden Age of Hollywood that could have stood the test of time.
And of course there was new censorship in the 1950s and the comics code in 1954 which I know stopped a lot of awesomeness. There is something relatively boring about the superhero having danger and solving it every time in only 32 pages. And the code lasted a long time, quoting the Wikipedia page: “By the early 2000s, newer publishers bypassed the CCA and Marvel Comics abandoned it in 2001. By 2010, only three major publishers still adhered to it: DC Comics, Archie Comics, and Bongo Comics. Bongo broke with the CCA in 2010. DC and Archie followed in January 2011, rendering the Code defunct.” And I think having comics away from the code is allowing for some wonderful creativity finally.
Tipper Gore would definitely not approve of Lucille Bogan, I think so many hip hop stars would. Don’t fear the seven words you can’t say on television as George Carlin said: piss, cunt, motherfucker, cocksucker, fuck, shit and tits. Such a bizarre list, cocksucker and motherfucker are heavy words. Shit it my favorite all time word, and it’s just poop. Piss is just pee. Tits are what we use to feed babies and sound like a nickname as George Carlin said. We are all born from cunts, and it’s an ancient word that I actually think is beautiful. And of course as Lucille Bogan says fucking is how we make more humans. Some thoughts from the Atlantic magazine on the 7 words you can’t say on television.
I am against censorship and think it’s unamerican. I am very much pro Lucille Bogan and hilarious, fun raunchiness.