Swamp Dogg Gag A Maggot on LP
Maverick soul artist Swamp Dogg (aka Jerry Williams) has been described as the “soul genius that time forgot” and “a strange combination of Sly Stone’s progressive funk with Frank Zappa’s lyrical absurdism.” In the seventies he even made the famed Nixon’s Enemies List.
Vocally, Swamp Dogg sounds like a cross between General Johnson (of Chairmen of the Board) and Van Morrison; as a songwriter, he's his own man. With the exception of Sly Stone, no other soul men of the period were investigating controversial topics with such infectious musicality and good humor.
Swamp Dogg explains, "Commencing in 1970, I sung about sex, niggers, love, rednecks, war, peace, dead flies, home wreckers, Sly Stone, my daughters, politics, revolution and blood transfusions (just to name a few), and never got out of character."
Alive Naturalsound Records is proud to bring you Swamp Dogg’s 1973 album Gag A Maggot, reissued for the very first time on vinyl since its original release. Featuring an excellent cover of Wilson Pickett's "In The Midnight Hour" and the love song "I Couldn't Pay for What I Got Last Night."
"Thematically, this seems to be a fairly conventional soul LP - great cover of In the 'Midnight Hour' and lots of love and money in the lyrics. Granted, 'Wife Sitter' is as nasty as Jody songs get, mostly because Dogg plays the cuckold-making Jody with such relish. And to call your sweeest love song 'I Couldn't Pay for What I Got Last Night' is to combine the two themes more intimately than most soul men consider necessary. Nor do most soul men drive so hard - Ivan Olander's drums, Little Beaver's guitar, even the horns of the Swamp Dogg Band maintain a fierce momentum thatÍs not conventional at all." - Robert Christgau (Dean Of American Rock Critics)
Swamp Dogg Gag A Maggot Track Listing:
1. Wife Sitter
2. Choking To Death (From the Ties That Bind)
3. I Couldn't Pay For What I Got Last Night
4. Mighty Mighty Dollar Bill
5. Midnight Hour
6. Please Let Me Kiss You Goodbye
7. T T
8. Why Must We Fall (When We Fall In Love)
9. Plastered to the Wall (Higher Than The Ceiling)