Hipbone Slim And The Kneetremblers
Dirty Water Records
Hipbone Slim’s universe collides with ours every so often. On the evidence of this 40-track double CD set, it’s probably happened around 1956, 1963, 1968, 1982 and, very briefly, maybe, 2010.
The man also known as Sir Bald Diddley (and a bunch of other equally unlikely alternative identities) obviously has a thing for his near-namesake, rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Bo Diddley. Have a listen to the opening “Ain’t Got A Leg To Stand On” and Little Richard (‘Baldhead’).
He also clearly appreciates the rhythm ‘n’ blues efforts of the beat groups of his native UK in the early ‘60s, evident in the delivery of “Throw A Stone, Hide Your Hand”, and draws inspiration from Peter Green’s original Fleetwood Mac from a few years later. He can sound uncannily like Green vocally, and some song themes also seem to have similar inspirations, as in “Voodoo Love”.
There is a strong element of ‘80s psychobilly on a good few occasions here, and then he can also – just once or twice – summon up the blues/ roots rock of The Black Keys. Obviously he also has a fondness for some of rock ‘n’ roll’s wackier 45s – try ‘Hairy Lula’, ‘Chicken Skin’ or ‘Tombstone Rock’.
The tracks – none of which have appeared on CD before – originate from Slim’s last three albums: Tremblin’ The Blues, Ain’t Got A Leg To Stand On, and The Toppermost Sounds Of… Others come from 45s released in Spain, Germany, Britain, Slovenia, and the odd (very odd) compilation album. All are good rocking, irreverent and totally good fun.
SPILL ALBUM REVIEW: HIPBONE SLIM AND THE KNEETREMBLERS – TEMBLIN’