Bo Diddley: The Black Gladiator

Selections from Bo Diddley: The Black Gladiator [Future Days Recordings/Light In The Attic, 2012]

“I Don’t Like You”

“Funky Fly”

“Power House”

“You, Bo Diddley”

Though I consider myself a big Bo Diddley fan, I apparently knew very little about his extended catalogue. I always dug his earlier songs and probably regulated myself to them (which I tend to do). But this, The Black Gladiator, is a bizarre and awesome period in Bo’s career equally great as his early work. I was stoked to review this recently for Soul-Sides.com which you can read HERE.

King Khan vs. Bo Diddley

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King Khan’s, The Supreme Genius of King Khan and the Shrines (a quasi-best of comp from Vice), is a mix of garage, psych, soul, and punk. The Shrines, and Khan himself, were able to pull off various genres without sounding too derivative at all. But the best song off the album is the incredible, “Crackin’ Up”, lush with catchy melodies and a slumpy groove.

“Crackin’ Up (cover)” by King Khan and The Shrines

Little did I know, “Crackin’ Up” was originally written and recorded by the great Bo Diddley. Diddley’s version rules, sounding at once defeated and pissed-off. Everything about the recording is magic. Easily one of my favorite songs ever.

“Crackin’ Up” by Bo Diddley