Thursday Inspiration #171 Refried Boogie

Respond to this challenge, by either by using the prompt word street, or going with the above picture, or by means of the song ‘Refried Boogie’, or by going with another song by Canned Heat, or anything else that you think fits.  I realize that most people don’t have the time to listen to a song that is over 40 minutes long, but I used to listen to this all the time when I was younger.  Some critics have said that this song is the result of drug excesses and can only be endured if you are fully intoxicated.  It is based on the constant repetition of three chords A, C and D.  ‘Refried Boogie’ was released in 1968 on Canned Heat’s third album Living the Blues, which was a double album and one of the first double albums to make the charts.  If they would have left this song off of this album, it would only have been a regular album, as side three and four recorded live made up ‘Refried Boogie’ part one and part two.  This is considered to be the longest blues recording in history, and at the time, it was the longest song ever recorded.  The Jethro Tull song ‘Thick as a Brick’ runs at 43:46, but this song is broken down into individual pieces.  The only rock songs that came close to the length of this is the Live version of ‘Dark Star’ by the Grateful Dead which ran 23:18, and The Allman Brothers song ‘Mountain Jam’ recorded on At Fillmore East, in 1971 which was almost 34 minutes long.

This song is similar to ‘Fried Hockey Boogie’ from their second studio album Boogie With Canned Heat that was released the same year, but it was developed a little bit further and the conversation that takes place is different.  It is a conversation song, sort of like the ZZ Top song ‘Lagrange’, but this is about a hippy who is being pestered by the police.  He is minding his own business, when the cops start to harass him.  He tells them that he wants to boogie till the break of day and that there shouldn’t be anything wrong with that, as old people and even children do it.  As the hippie walks down the street, he bumps into an old friend, and he asks him “What’s happening.”  This friend replies, “Not too much”, and says that he is just making a little bread, getting stoned or something, so I guess the hippie wasn’t really paying all that much attention to his friend’s answer.  He tells him, “That’s alright” and then he says that he is gonna get stoned.  He finishes this story by telling the audience that they should all boogie.

Well, I was walkin’ down the street
I was minding my own affair
Well, I was walkin’ down the street
I was minding my own affair
When two policemen grabbed me unaware

14 thoughts on “Thursday Inspiration #171 Refried Boogie

      1. Of course your right! Martha had the first hit which was a great Motown tune. I love that song. I chose this version because it’s always fun to see Bowie and Jagger together!

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  1. PS – glad to see your mention the Fillmore East. We spent many a weekend there and saw more groups than I can even remember, many of whom were just starting out and were relatively unknown at the time. Wow! A blast from the past! 😎

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