Wednesday March 28
R. Crumb and His Cheap Suit Serenaders – “My Girl’s Pussy” from R. Crumb’s Music Sampler, 2005
You don’t know who R. Crumb is? A lesser man would ask what was wrong with you. But I’m above all that. Briefly, for comic book fans, he is a strange, strange man who is something akin to one of the gods of the Greek Pantheon that is always there stirring up trouble–he’s not Zeus or Poseidon or even Hades. Dionysus maybe . . . . Perhaps someone more obscure, but nevertheless possessed of a wealth of power and wonder. Want to know more? Check this out.
He’s a comic book artist, one of that group of people I will always be simultaneously envious and in awe of. He’s an amazing comic book artist who helped make the American underground comic book scene into what it is today: a massive monster of open-minded ideas, a distributor of quality prints, and a fun place to be.
Lucky for us, he’s more than that too. He’s a musician with a sense of satirical humor that takes “My Girl’s Pussy” to new heights of double-entendre laced hilarity. The song, originally recorded in 1931 by Harry Roy and His Bat Club Boys, has taken on a life of its own, appearing on the musical scene every 40 years or so to cause people to blush, laugh, and cry out in indignant and offended anger.