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Comes complete with 10-page CD insert packed full of facts about the featured artists and tracks.

Released (UK): April, 2003 (Document Records DOCD-32-20-5)

Rude Dudes

There are many people who think the Blues are depressing and dull. They think that the blues are about lost love, missed trains, or a lack of money. Not true, they are just as likely to be about sex and are often full of fun.

Although I decided to call this collection 'Rude Dudes' you'll find a lot of 'Dudesses' too. For back in the 1920s & 30s risqué blues were fair game for both men and women. There are many hundreds of blues songs that have double meanings, as well as lots where there is only one possible interpretation!

In picking the songs to be included here I wanted to be sure that they could stand on their musical merits, as well as through the wit that the lyrics displayed. So, if your friends need convincing that the blues can make you smile, play them this... but not in front of the children.

- Bill Wyman

Full track listing

Disc 1

  • Whistling Rufus - (Who's Gonna Do Do Your) Sweet Jelly Rollin' [3:28]
  • Butterbeans & Suzie - Elevator Papa, Switchboard Mama [3:09]
  • George Hannah - The Boy In The Boat [2:38]
  • Ethel Waters - My Handy Man [2:52]
  • Lizzie Miles - Electrician Blues [3:12]
  • Hunter & Jenkins - Lollypop [2:56]
  • Napoleon Fletcher - She Showed It All [2:33]
  • Barrelhouse Annie - If It Don't Fit (Don't Force It) [2:49]
  • Lil Johnson - Take It Easy Greasy [3:17]
  • Josh White (Pinewood Tom) - Sissy Man [2:48]
  • Bo Carter - Mashing That Thing [2:38]
  • Tampa Red - Let Me Play With Your Poodle [2:34]
  • Washboard Sam - I'm Gonna Keep My Hair Parted [2:36]
  • Jesse James - Sweet Petunia [3:01]
  • Speckled Red - The Dirty Dozen No 2 [2:57]
  • Roosevelt Sykes - We Can Sell That Thing [2:38]
  • Bo Carter - Banana In Your Fruit Basket [3:06]
  • Lil Johnson - My Stove's In Good Condition [2:55]
  • Lillie Mae Kirkman - He's Just My Size [2:46]
  • Lonnie Johnson & Victoria Spivey - Furniture Man Blues (Pt 1 & 2) [6:12]
  • Disc 2

  • Sam Theard - I Wonder Who's Boogiein' My Woogie [2:28]
  • Lil Johnson - If You Don't Give Me What I Want [2:43]
  • Victoria Spivey - One Hour Mama [2:40]
  • Margaret Webster - You've Got To Give Me Some [2:44]
  • Chicago Black Swans - Don't Tear My Clothes No 2 [2:42]
  • Georgia Tom & Jane Lucas - Terrible Operation Blues [2:48]
  • Bo Carter - Cigarette Blues [3:15]
  • Blind Willie McTell - Southern Can Mama [2:52]
  • Blind Boy Fuller - What's That Smells Like Fish? [2:42]
  • Mae Glover & John Byrd - Gas Man Blues [2:44]
  • Bob Howe & Frankie Griggs - The Hottest Stuff In Town [2:39]
  • Hunter & Jenkins - Meat Cuttin' Blues [2:54]
  • Lil Johnson - My Baby (Squeeze Me Again) [3:04]
  • Lonnie Johnson - The Best Jockey In Town [2:53]
  • Bessie Smith - Kitchen Man [2:54]
  • Whistlin' Alex Moore - Blue Bloomer Blues [3:08]
  • Bo Carter - My Pencil Won't Write No More [2:54]
  • Al Miller - Ain't That A Mess [2:42]
  • Louie Lasky - How You Want Your Rollin' Done? [2:46]
  • Lizzie Miles - My Man O'War [3:28]
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