Friday, August 10, 2018
Rufus Thomas - Jump Back
I love these nonsense songs that were a staple of black American music in the 1950s and 1960s. Bo Diddley, by Bo Diddley; Don't You Just Know It, by Huey Piano Smith and the Clowns, it was a certain formula of nonsensical negation, and it was very entertaining.
Twenty five years later, this music was called Uncle Tom stuff, but people forgot one important thing about it. The acceptance that was won by cheerful, friendly men like Rufus Thomas made the world safe for the anger of Public Enemy.