Carl Perkins - forgotten pioneer or respected legend?

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Get your cat clothes on! Listening to "Carl Rocks", clearly his 50s work is uber-classic but even late numbers like "Memphis In The Meantime" sound fantastic. And, of course, the Drive-By Truckers paid tribute to him in song. So is everybody trying to be his baby or is it honey don't?

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Thursday, 8 September 2011 16:48 (eight years ago) link

Great voice, great guitarist, great songwriter... uh, what else is there? Bad hairpiece.

Euripides Trousers (Tom D.), Thursday, 8 September 2011 16:52 (eight years ago) link

I love Carl Perkins. His bio Go, Cat, Go! was entertaining and informative. "Sure to Fall" is the song that reminds me of that book, but I love "Matchbox" best.

i drive a wood paneled station dragon (La Lechera), Thursday, 8 September 2011 16:58 (eight years ago) link

I don't think he's forgotten, though. He's part of that horrid Million Dollar Quartet thing.

i drive a wood paneled station dragon (La Lechera), Thursday, 8 September 2011 16:58 (eight years ago) link

I love the Million Dollar Quartet!

Battlestar Gracián (crüt), Thursday, 8 September 2011 16:59 (eight years ago) link

Horrid?!?!

Love Carl. I had never heard this song until just a few weeks ago:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hg-D9fLbRiI&feature=results_video&playnext=1&list=PL674F013DA2467B63

Prostetnic Vogon Limbaugh (Dan Peterson), Thursday, 8 September 2011 17:00 (eight years ago) link

Really? It seemed like another powerful boomer money vacuum, but I would love to be wrong! I guess if you like it, it can't be all that bad. I've never seen it, just pelted with ads for it for what seems like years now.

i drive a wood paneled station dragon (La Lechera), Thursday, 8 September 2011 17:01 (eight years ago) link

Well, I did ask if he was forgotten as this is the first Carl thread on ILM!

He seemed to age more gracefully than his peers, though. I remember being vaguely aware of him throughout my childhood, as if he was on the periphery of pop culture for a long time.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Thursday, 8 September 2011 17:03 (eight years ago) link

xp you guys might be talking about different things? there's the million dollar quartet musical, and then the actual million dollar quartet.

tylerw, Thursday, 8 September 2011 17:03 (eight years ago) link

i was talking about the musical (w/r/t him being forgotten)

"dixie fried" is my favorite carl vocal performance

get fried!

i drive a wood paneled station dragon (La Lechera), Thursday, 8 September 2011 17:06 (eight years ago) link

Must be on Youtube, that clip of him playing guitar with Eric Clapton on some late 60s show - possibly Johnny Cash - and Clapton seems blown away with his guitar playing

Euripides Trousers (Tom D.), Thursday, 8 September 2011 17:07 (eight years ago) link

oh yeah I was talking about the actual quartet.

Battlestar Gracián (crüt), Thursday, 8 September 2011 17:08 (eight years ago) link

oh! phew. i was starting to worry about you or wonder what i had missed in those horrible advertisements that are on every bus and in every 5 min of morning edition

tbqh, i've always wanted to see some cartoon pigs dancing in a barn while a pig band jams "matchbox" in the corner standing on a haystack
i feel like i've seen this before, but if not can someone please make that happen

i drive a wood paneled station dragon (La Lechera), Thursday, 8 September 2011 17:12 (eight years ago) link

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Euripides Trousers (Tom D.), Thursday, 8 September 2011 17:13 (eight years ago) link

LOL, how do you embed youtube?

Euripides Trousers (Tom D.), Thursday, 8 September 2011 17:13 (eight years ago) link

Fuck it, it's here anyway

Euripides Trousers (Tom D.), Thursday, 8 September 2011 17:15 (eight years ago) link

Simply paste the link!

Part of being a mass media Luddite is I am just learning today about this MDQ touring musical. Wow...

Prostetnic Vogon Limbaugh (Dan Peterson), Thursday, 8 September 2011 17:16 (eight years ago) link

(xp) LOL, I've done it before too

Euripides Trousers (Tom D.), Thursday, 8 September 2011 17:17 (eight years ago) link

i was hoping for pigs, but i've been waiting this long
i'm patient

love carl in that clip -- he swings so much more comfortably than clapton or johnny c

i drive a wood paneled station dragon (La Lechera), Thursday, 8 September 2011 17:19 (eight years ago) link

Saw him live once in the '80s; great despite the hairpiece.

incredibly middlebrow (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 8 September 2011 17:22 (eight years ago) link

Part of being a mass media Luddite is I am just learning today about this MDQ touring musical. Wow...

― Prostetnic Vogon Limbaugh (Dan Peterson), Thursday, September 8, 2011

I wanted to go up to NYC and splurge on the MDQ musical, the Fela one, the Memphis one, and In the heights (with uptown NYC latino music), but have yet to see any of them. The Fela one is in DC starting next week for a ton of money.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 8 September 2011 17:51 (eight years ago) link

The Fela musical is completely and utterly unfuckwithable (particularly if the band is hot, as Antibalas were in NYC).

shake it, shake it, sugary pee (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Thursday, 8 September 2011 17:59 (eight years ago) link

Back to Carl...George Harrison idolized Perkins, and I don't think I've seen George happier or more relaxed on stage (including with the Beatles) than in this clip:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uNiqlBrl3r4

shake it, shake it, sugary pee (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Thursday, 8 September 2011 18:02 (eight years ago) link

one year passes...

Another clip from the same show ("Rockabilly Session; Carl Perkins & Friends" - the whole thing is on YouTube). Carl plays a little bit of the Les Paul version of "The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise"

The look on George's face as he tries to figure out what the hell Carl is doing is priceless.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDbnrN-PV3U

After watching this clip, I'm ready to quit guitar. I'm not worthy

Elvis Telecom, Thursday, 21 February 2013 03:28 (six years ago) link

Love that special.

Stranded In the Jungle Groove (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 21 February 2013 03:42 (six years ago) link

It's telling that George seems so much happier in that special than in, say, the Beatles Anthology.

Also, holy shit at "and here's the echo!"

Tarfumes The Escape Goat, Thursday, 21 February 2013 04:49 (six years ago) link

two years pass...

from that special, in case not posted already or gone missing:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dnr1R4ULRTY

Raz Turned Blue (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 18 October 2015 05:37 (four years ago) link

I was just thinking of him yesterday when I was in TK maxx looking at blue suede shoes.
Do love his narrative song style though. & the Charly cd of his 50s era I have is pretty great.

Stevolende, Sunday, 18 October 2015 10:14 (four years ago) link

"Love Carl. I had never heard this song until just a few weeks ago:
www.youtube.com/watch?list=PL674F013DA2467B63&v=Hg-D9fLbRiI&feature=player_embedded "
>
that song is on the Panther Burns' Behind the Magnolia curtain but I don't think i've heard the Perkins version before

Stevolende, Sunday, 18 October 2015 10:20 (four years ago) link

revived link to the clip with george harrison watching carl playing 'the world is waiting for the sunrise' (link above has died)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ggTqc_Yy-Q

For bodies we are ready to build pyramids (whatever), Sunday, 18 October 2015 10:46 (four years ago) link

"Boppin' the Blues" with the Blasters in 1982:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pIXg6tL9cs

the top man in the language department (誤訳侮辱), Sunday, 18 October 2015 13:06 (four years ago) link

revived link to the clip with george harrison watching carl playing 'the world is waiting for the sunrise' (link above has died)

That playing-the-tape-echo thing is fucking bonkers. And George looks like he's having the most fun playing music since...well, ever.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Sunday, 18 October 2015 15:01 (four years ago) link

The guy has so much presence, is such a commanding performer, that when you see these live versions you don't feel the common temptation to run to the original recordings even with the multi-member celebrity backup band.

Raz Turned Blue (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 19 October 2015 00:36 (four years ago) link

four years pass...

https://bittersoutherner.com/greetings-from-the-land-of-blue-suede-shoes

Why didn't my friends in McNairy County tell me there are acetate recordings of Carl Perkins doing "Good Rockin' Tonight" and "Drinking Wine Spo-Dee O-Dee" from 1952-53?

Contradicting some later versions of history, Perkins always said there was a well-established pre-Sun scene:

“Rockabilly music was very popular and had been for a long time in the cotton belt area of west Tennessee, east Arkansas and north Mississippi,” he said in one interview. “Nobody was copying Elvis. … It’s just that that type of music was popular in the area. … (Elvis) started the whole thing because he recorded it first.”

Brad C., Tuesday, 5 November 2019 16:40 (one week ago) link

He sounds great on Dylan's Travelin' Thru. From Colin Escott's ever-apt booklet notes:
On the day of the first Cash-Dylan duets, February 17th, Carl Perkins was in an adjoining Columbia studio recording an entire album. The core of the record was remakes of his then unavailable Sun Records catalog, including "Matchbox." The following day...Cash and Dylan recorded "Matchbox" with Perkins on guitar. The song was, Dylan told Perkins, the first he ever recorded. He and his high school band went into a studio in Minneapolis and came away with a one-off record. True or half-true, Perkins needed to hear that. A couple of days later, Dylan gave Perkins one verse of a song, Champlain, Illinois," and asked Perkins to finish it. In July, Perkins slotted it into his fabulously mismatched album with NRBQ.

dow, Tuesday, 5 November 2019 17:26 (one week ago) link

He would be classic if the only ever thing he did was to write “Daddy Sang Bass.” So überclassic.

Irae Louvin (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 5 November 2019 17:53 (one week ago) link


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