Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Left Even More Offspring Than Old Dirty

Screamin' Jay Hawkins - Constipation Blues

A year, two years ago, he stayed perpetually oiled. Black and white scotch. Preserved in alcohol, he used to say. Drunk. Once, in the early 60's, traveling from Jamaica to Boston, he wound up in Buffalo after boarding the wrong plane at what was the, in those days before the donkey's demise, Idlewild Airport in New York. Blearily thinking himself to be in Beantown, he hopped a taxi and asked to be taken to a certain hotel where he had a reservation. The hackie told him there was no such address, no such hotel. Jay got pissed, jumped out of the cab and found a couple of Buffalo's finest. They told him the same thing. It wasn't until later that evening, whilst sobering up in the clink, that he realized he was in the wrong city. Which is pretty drunk.

-Excerpt from "Screamin' Jay Hawkins and The Monster" by Nick Tosches

RIP (1929-2000)

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