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Song of the Day: “Walking the Dog”

must – resist – urge – to post – another – Janelle – Monáe…

I want to start by acknowledging our pet psychiatrist, Dr. Blues – family friend, decent head shrinker, my stepfather’s best friend (a major feat of tolerance), and above all a mean harmonica player and dedicated aficionado of great soul and R&B. It was Dr. Blues who prompted me to pursue a burgeoning interest in Stax Records, which led to…

Rufus Thomas, “Walking the Dog” – from The Stax Story collection

For more on Thomas: Rufus Thomas – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Recently, working my way through the back catalog of The Rolling Stones – getting beyond the songs I grew up with from Big Hits (High Tides & Green Grass) – I ran across their cover of this tune, on their debut album from 1964.

The Rolling Stones, “Walking the Dog” – from The Rolling Stones (1964)

This won’t be news to anyone really – we all know that much of The Stones’ early work consisted of R&B covers. But listening to the two songs side by side really provides some insight into what made The Stones, and made them great – where they learned their chops. For me, at least, it also shows that when you want The Stones, you should put Let It Bleed on the hifi, or Beggars Banquet. When you want R&B, you’re better off going to the teachers rather than the students…

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Oh - and hello to Jason Isaacs.

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is an over-caffeinated and under-employed grad school dropout, aspiring leftwing intellectual and cultural studies academic, cinéaste, and former poet. Raised in San Francisco on classic film, radical politics, burritos and soul music, then set loose upon the world. He spends his time in coffee shops with his laptop and headphones, caffeinating and trying to construct a post-whatever life.


What's in a name... The handle "zerode" is a contraction of Zéro de Conduite, the title of Jean Vigo's 1933 movie masterpiece about schoolboy rebellion.

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