Tuesday, July 19, 2005
Sebastian and the House Rockers - Nobody Can Do The Dog Like I Do
What we have here is a nifty little record that's a medley of Rufus Thomas's "The Dog" and The Isley Brothers' "Nobody But Me". And it makes for a nice, pounding stomper indeed. Not sure what year it was released but, given the ground it covers, I'd guess sometime around 1963.
Sebastian is on his own vocally, through "The Dog". There's some good guitar, the occasional horn and a big drum beat. And there are also the obligatory barking dog sound effects. Then, the bridge leads into "Nobody But Me", where ol' Sebastian is joined by some back up singers. And of course, in this version, the dog is one of the dances nobody can do like him.
What impresses me most about the record is the ultra crude, lo-fi sound that's drenched in echo. Or is that reverb? Hell, I'm not even sure but the whole thing goes together with terrific results. It's lo-fi, yet manages to sound big.
Info on Sebastian and the House Rockers is pretty dodgy. All that I really have to go on is the Richmond, VA address on the label. Maybe someone out there knows more.
Find it and slap it on at your next house party.