Tuesday, August 01, 2006
Little Artie and The Pharohs - "The Fox and The Hound"
Here's another of my St. Louis finds, "The Fox and The Hound" by Little Artie and The Pharohs. There's not much info spread around the net on this disc. About all I've been able to determine is that it dates from 1963. The Cuca label was located in Sauk City, WI. The band is from Milwaukee and still active, playing local shows. I'm not sure how many original members are in the current line-up.
"The Fox and The Hound" starts with a horn blast, a la something signaling the beginning of a fox hunt. Then, a cool organ kicks in, along with some good percussion, including lots of splashes on the cymbals. The lead singer begins, "You got me goin', like a fox and a hound". Later, he's "searchin' like a hound dog on the trail". Yeah, he's after the big prize. By song's end, he's even talking marriage. There's a nice sax break, guys whooping it up in the background and added horn charts to help drive the proceedings.
Stylistically, the song falls somewhere between r&b and frat rock, leaning more heavily on the latter. The melody and organ remind me a bit of "Hot Pastrami". It's yet another fine number for the dance floor.
I'm not sure how common the record is. My copy was very reasonably priced. Maybe it's one of those discs that's sort of under the radar, as frat rockers tend to get ignored by a lot of collectors. But if you enjoy the stuff as much as I do, it's worth checking out.