Who Stole My Monkey?

Who Stole My Monkey?

by Boozoo Chavis
     
 

Using his accordion like a sledgehammer to drive home the dance beat and his voice as one more rough-edged instrument, zydeco's acting elder statesmen, Boozoo Chavis, continues his remarkable comeback with a propulsive, somewhat raunchy release. Chavis, who spent 30 years avoiding dance halls in favor of riding stables, is hell-bent on making party music here. And … See more details below

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Using his accordion like a sledgehammer to drive home the dance beat and his voice as one more rough-edged instrument, zydeco's acting elder statesmen, Boozoo Chavis, continues his remarkable comeback with a propulsive, somewhat raunchy release. Chavis, who spent 30 years avoiding dance halls in favor of riding stables, is hell-bent on making party music here. And WHO STOLE MY MONKEY? is packed with solid grooves, hypnotic musical figures, and lyrics that owe more to African call and response than to any bayou style. It is also apparently the first zydeco record to rate a parental advisory. While most of the lyrics are not exactly clean (the first song invites you to "throw your drawers in the corner and stay a little longer," and yes, that monkey is what you think it is) it's the last two cuts on the disc that rate the warning. The language is hardly shocking in light of today's rap lyrics, and the tales may strike some as casually sexist, but odds are that you've met characters like Uncle Bud and Deacon Jones before--maybe even at a zydeco dance.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Cub Koda
Boozoo Chavis continued to roll on, pumping out joyous zydeco music on this session recorded in September 1998. With a relaxed feel to everything here, Chavis turns out 16 classic examples of the form minus the commercial overlay found on most modern zydeco records. With his regular working band, the Majic Sounds, following every quirky move of his irregular time and meter, Boozoo lays down tunes just like he was working a dance in Louisiana rather than making a record in the sterile confines of a recording studio. As a result, the time gets constantly shifted on and off the beat on several tunes ("Bottle Up and Go" is a classic example of this, at times sounding like there are two different takes of the same song being played simultaneously), an odd byproduct of what is, after all, dance music. But the overall result is amazing, capturing the good-time feel that is at the heart of Chavis' music. Highlights include "Dance All Night," "I'm Going Away to Stay," "Lucille," "Baby Please Don't Go," "Valse de Derniere Fois," and the title track. Rubboard player Charles Chavis takes the vocals on "Marksville Slide" and "Sock It to Me," and Boozoo finishes off the album with recut versions of both sides of his X-rated single, "Deacon Jones" and "Uncle Bud," two tracks not for the weak of heart or the prudish.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/02/1999
Label:
Rounder / Umgd
UPC:
0011661215627
catalogNumber:
612156

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Tracks

  1. Dance All Night  - Boozoo Chavis
  2. Who Stole My Monkey?  - Boozoo Chavis
  3. Marksville Slide  - Boozoo Chavis
  4. I'm Going Away To Stay  - Boozoo Chavis
  5. I Went To The Dance  - Boozoo Chavis
  6. Oh Yeah  - Boozoo Chavis
  7. I Want To Go Home  - Boozoo Chavis
  8. Lucille  - Boozoo Chavis
  9. Ay, Cayenne  - Boozoo Chavis
  10. Baby Please Don't Go  - Boozoo Chavis
  11. Valse De Derniere Fois  - Boozoo Chavis
  12. Sock It To Me  - Boozoo Chavis
  13. Bottle Up And Go  - Boozoo Chavis
  14. Allons À Lafayette  - Boozoo Chavis
  15. Uncle Bud  - Boozoo Chavis
  16. Deacon Jones  - Boozoo Chavis

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