Sunday, April 16, 2006

Bo Diddley: "Pills" (Checker)

Ah, yes, Bo Diddley! The man! The legend! The whatever-else-adjective-fits! I mean, what can you really say about him and his great Checker sides? Well, I dug up one here that's one of his more unusual recordings. It doesn't quite have the bottleneck chuka-chuka side you'd expect from his classics like "Who Do You Love" and "Hey, Bo Diddley," but there's still plenty of Bo rawness to satisfy your cravings. I would also describe it as a bit more jovial than the usual Bo fare.

Anyway, over a joyously chunky guitar riff, Bo tells the story of the time he's layin' in a hospital bed and "a rock 'n' roll nurse went to my head." She gave him pills for his toes, "but they didn't ache," and pills for just about everything. It gets to the point where Bo gets tired of all this jive, taking "this junk against my will." He calls out to the doctor, but the doctor goes to his head, too.
Poor guy.

This seems to be almost more of a novelty record than anything. As I said, it's not quite top-notch Bo Diddley, but it's cool and fun all the same. The year for this is 1961 and that's about all I have to say about it.

5 comments:

Larry Grogan said...

Ever heard the NY Dolls cover? Wild stuff.

Rob Branigin said...

mickey finn & the blue men did a great cover of this song, as well.

i gotta respectfully disagree w/ you, though, brian...i always thought "pills" was grade-A diddley!! one of my favorite bo tracks.

eric said...

Charlie Harper from the UK Subs coverd Pills on a solo lp.

Phil said...

"Pills" is an old favorite! Thanks for the memories...

Vaudeville Resurrecter said...

I would also have to agree with Mr. Branigin. A fantastic little classic.