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John Lee Hooker — Spellbound
Album: Don't Look Back
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Released: 1997
Length: 3:53
Plays (last 30 days): 3
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In Chicago, we were so lucky to have an out-of-the-way club called The Quiet Knight and that is where I saw John Lee Hooker play including once with Mick Jagger as a surprise walk-on.  We saw Jackson Browne play there before his first album came out and Bonnie Raitt when she was just a college girl getting started on the circuit.   Hooker was amazing.  
From ZZ Top to JLH? I don't get the connection...
c.
edit: Rock in Peace, Mr. Hill.
you can do a lot with 1 chord
 SnapDragon66 wrote:

4 Non-blondes', What's Up, to this. Superb!!



It DOES help wash out the bile that arose during that garbage.
4 Non-blondes', What's Up, to this. Superb!!
Boogie on.
Fan-frickingtastic 👏🏻
 orthomd wrote:
Never realized how much does sounds like ZZ Top’s Lagrange
 
You're looking through the wrong end of the telescope.
HE STOLE THAT RIFF FROM ZZ TOP 

Just kidding.
 ImaOldman wrote:
I had the privilege of seeing John Lee in a small club about 40 years ago, it was a religious experience... 
 Same. Once in Mpls, once in Milwaukee. He and the Coast to Coast Blues band kicked it. So glad I got the chance.

Merci RP
Never realized how much does sounds like ZZ Top’s Lagrange
Love this but, Bill, you played it 18 tracks ago?  Local server glitch maybe...
Love the groove!  I have loved blues music for most of my adult life, but no other  artist has been able to alter my mood to align with the song he is crooning quite like John Lee Hooker.  What an amazing gift he possessed!  Hope to meet and listen to him up close in heaven one day. . . it would make the journey so much worthwhile.
 MrStatenIsle wrote:
Whoa, I hear where ZZ got La Grange from. Oh wait, released 1997! The other way around!
 
I'm assuming that comment is tongue in cheek, if not you're a no nothing idiot
  OMG this is SOOOOOOO Smooth!
 MrStatenIsle wrote:
Whoa, I hear where ZZ got La Grange from. Oh wait, released 1997! The other way around!
 
The initial groove of the song is based on a traditional boogie blues rhythm used by John Lee Hooker in "Boogie Chillen'" and by Slim Harpo in "Shake Your Hips". A failed lawsuit by the copyright holder of "Boogie Chillen'" resulted in the court ruling that the rhythm was in the public domain.[6] The line "a-how-how-how-how" is quoted from John Lee Hooker's song "Boom Boom".

God is in the house!
Whoa, I hear where ZZ got La Grange from. Oh wait, released 1997! The other way around!
 DocStrangelove wrote:
blues is so boring.

 
serve you right to suffer.
I had the privilege of seeing John Lee in a small club about 40 years ago, it was a religious experience... 
Only John Lee Hooker can get away with this and make it great!
blues is so boring.
lol
 OHMish wrote:
Great track, minus the organ

 
Great track, esp. that organ!  {#Cheesygrin}


gif of golden retriever wearing birthday hat and eating birthday cake
There are a lot of awesome tracks on this album, why playing the only (self-) cover?
 bb_matt wrote:

You are joking, right? I almost spilled my beer when I read this. That riff is ancient! I won't spoil it for you, but another famous band lifted it too. Tumbling Dice by the rolling stones, way before zz.  Now do your home work and search out the original, if you can find it. I'd say the chances are slim. ;)

 
I imagine he was joking (or somewhat lost with the history of blues music), but it is not The Rolling Stones' "Tumbling Dice" which shares this riff, it is their cover of Slim Harpo's "Shake Your Hips", which appears on the same Stones album.  It was addressed a few times in this thread.  "Tumblin' Dice" bears little resemblance to either song.
Sublime, from the first 'pop' of that bass line.
Wonderful Billy. Thank you from the other coast.
 Skydog wrote:
PR playing black music?!?
Oh yeah, I forgot they did play Al Green a couple of days ago.
 

 
?

Maybe not on PR but on RP yes. 

 
 BillG wrote:

No Stevie Ray Vaughn.  Lots of Stevie Ray Vaughan, though :-)

 

 

Oh.  That Stevie Ray.


 aspicer wrote:
Dare I say he is ripping off the ZZ Top riff?!  Not many comments on that....  {#Ask}  And I'm an avid JLH fan, but a bit blatant...?

 
Avid fan eh? Hmm......you do know that John Lee Hooker was born over 30 yrs before Billy Gibbons and was one of Gibbon's influences.

From wikipedia re: the ZZ Top song La Grange

"The initial groove of the song is based on a traditional boogie blues rhythm used by John Lee Hooker in "Boogie Chillen'" and by Slim Harpo in "Shake Your Hips". A failed lawsuit by the copyright holder of "Boogie Chillen'" resulted in the court ruling that the rhythm was in the public domain."

He's just so cool 

{#Bananajam}{#Dancingbanana}{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Devil_pimp} 
Slim f'ing Harpo for F's sake. Can it with this zz top fixation already and learn your blues history already!
 MJ_STRONG wrote:
Awesome{#Bananajam} now how about some Stevie Ray Vaughn...cant believe there isnt any on the playlist

 
No Stevie Ray Vaughn.  Lots of Stevie Ray Vaughan, though :-)
Awesome{#Bananajam} now how about some Stevie Ray Vaughn...cant believe there isnt any on the playlist
PR playing black music?!?
Oh yeah, I forgot they did play Al Green a couple of days ago.
 
 aspicer wrote:
Dare I say he is ripping off the ZZ Top riff?!  Not many comments on that....  {#Ask}  And I'm an avid JLH fan, but a bit blatant...?

 
La Grange from ZZ Top {#Clap}
Great track, minus the organ
 aspicer wrote:
Dare I say he is ripping off the ZZ Top riff?!  Not many comments on that....  {#Ask}  And I'm an avid JLH fan, but a bit blatant...?

 
You are joking, right? I almost spilled my beer when I read this. That riff is ancient! I won't spoil it for you, but another famous band lifted it too. Tumbling Dice by the rolling stones, way before zz.  Now do your home work and search out the original, if you can find it. I'd say the chances are slim. ;)
Dare I say he is ripping off the ZZ Top riff?!  Not many comments on that....  {#Ask}  And I'm an avid JLH fan, but a bit blatant...?
Great set Bill. Music Mixer Extraordinaire!
 Rotterdam wrote:

What ? Do you dislike all blues singers?

 
No, the most i like,  but this one is terrible!
 helgigermany wrote:
Awful voice!

 
What ? Do you dislike all blues singers?
 old_shep wrote:
How many songs can one get from the same three note riff?

 
counting just JLH, or including ZZ Top and the others?
Calls for more o the good stuff.  Slainte mhath.
How many songs can one get from the same three note riff?
Awful voice!
Did somebody really, intentionally rate this a "1"? 
 
now that's a top tapper ! 
I like! 
{#Clap}
I heard papa tell mama, let that boy boogie-woogie!
Bill has a nice groove going on tonight.
This song cut out about halfway through, really bummed.
{#Bananapiano}  Has to be "Most Excellant"
Now that's the stuff!  
the blues noodling on this track reminded me of a collaboration between JLH and MilesDavis on a movie soundtrack, maybe called 'The Hot Spot', starring Don Johnson, 80s noir & sultry sexiness.
 
 oldfart48 wrote:


jlh b.8/22/1917  you figure he is copying who?....(himself)

 
A certain BadAss Trio from Texas     {#Devil_pimp}     has  freely "sampled" The Hook.
They do it well, but that driving guitar and the
"HOW.HOW.HOW, HOW...is pure John Lee Hooker!
 tpa29970 wrote:
My teenage son was listening with me this morning, and he said "What a stupid song."  It's difficult to frame a cogent argument which supports the proposition:  "No, this song is bad-ass."   I guess he'll figure it out in about 10 years.

 
na, just drown him.....
Um, most music is about either love, sex, or loss... sometimes all three. If you spend your entire life being offended at people expressing joy about sex then you're going to live a rather closed, sad little life... in my opinion. 

Cynaera wrote:
So, I'm driving my 1974 Plymouth Satellite, packed full of very conservative people, and the John Lee Hooker song "I'm In the Mood" starts playing on the radio (AM - no FM on this rig), which was cranked up because of Katrina and the Waves, and suddenly, the whole car-group goes silent. Apparently, they didn't understand "THE BLUES."

I still have a hard time (no pun intended) listening to JLH, because his music just offends me. I KNOW that "the blues" don't just include being in the mood for love, but it seems to me that sex is the primary topic in most of his stuff.

I know I'll wake up tomorrow after having been haunted by nightmares of people posting their anger/outrage/hostility at me.

 


Apparently the lyrics don't matter. Why else would he sing them as annoyingly unpronounced as this.
 kingart wrote:
This piece has a vague familiarity about it...hmmmm.....where have I heard it before? Or did that other two-man band hear it from John Lee? Or did John Lee hear it from another? Is it all a big karmic circle of going around and coming back? 
 
It's sort of a similar blues/boogie rhythm to Hooker's "Boogie Chillen", but it's probably considered a standard blues rhythm by now.
This piece has a vague familiarity about it...hmmmm.....where have I heard it before? Or did that other two-man band hear it from John Lee? Or did John Lee hear it from another? Is it all a big karmic circle of going around and coming back? 
 Cynaera wrote:
So, I'm driving my 1974 Plymouth Satellite, packed full of very conservative people, and the John Lee Hooker song "I'm In the Mood" starts playing on the radio (AM - no FM on this rig), which was cranked up because of Katrina and the Waves, and suddenly, the whole car-group goes silent. Apparently, they didn't understand "THE BLUES."

I still have a hard time (no pun intended) listening to JLH, because his music just offends me. I KNOW that "the blues" don't just include being in the mood for love, but it seems to me that sex is the primary topic in most of his stuff.

I know I'll wake up tomorrow after having been haunted by nightmares of people posting their anger/outrage/hostility at me.
 

Miss you so much, Cynaera...

love this song...
 
 suesblues wrote:
this is the great thing about the Blues - great rhythm just gets you dancing, best music to dance to! thanks JLH, good song {#Motor}

 
Classic blues
 oldsaxon wrote:
my my my my...I find find find...this this this...repetitive repetitive repetitive....

 

..seems more like ya find it echo-ey..?..
my my my my...I find find find...this this this...repetitive repetitive repetitive....
Oh goody, blues hour. This is when everyone in my trailer park traipses over to 7-11 for a fresh suitcase of Old Milwaukee.
this is the great thing about the Blues - great rhythm just gets you dancing, best music to dance to! thanks JLH, good song {#Motor}
 nalle wrote:

 1974 Plymouth Satellite, no kidding. For sale?
 
I gave it away about ten years ago, to someone who needed a vehicle more than I did.  Not sorry about it, but I do miss it sometimes. It had bench seats and four doors and an A.M. radio (no stereo.) It was given to me when my other car shot craps.  I'd sure be interested in knowing where that ol' girl ended up...

 Cynaera wrote:
So, I'm driving my 1974 Plymouth Satellite, packed full of very conservative people, and the John Lee Hooker song "I'm In the Mood" starts playing on the radio (AM - no FM on this rig), which was cranked up because of Katrina and the Waves, and suddenly, the whole car-group goes silent. Apparently, they didn't understand "THE BLUES."

I still have a hard time (no pun intended) listening to JLH, because his music just offends me. I KNOW that "the blues" don't just include being in the mood for love, but it seems to me that sex is the primary topic in most of his stuff.

I know I'll wake up tomorrow after having been haunted by nightmares of people posting their anger/outrage/hostility at me.
 
 1974 Plymouth Satellite, no kidding. For sale?
So, I'm driving my 1974 Plymouth Satellite, packed full of very conservative people, and the John Lee Hooker song "I'm In the Mood" starts playing on the radio (AM - no FM on this rig), which was cranked up because of Katrina and the Waves, and suddenly, the whole car-group goes silent. Apparently, they didn't understand "THE BLUES."

I still have a hard time (no pun intended) listening to JLH, because his music just offends me. I KNOW that "the blues" don't just include being in the mood for love, but it seems to me that sex is the primary topic in most of his stuff.

I know I'll wake up tomorrow after having been haunted by nightmares of people posting their anger/outrage/hostility at me.
Been lovein the smoken blues for the last few days... how about some Freddy King!!!
 tpa29970 wrote:
My teenage son was listening with me this morning, and he said "What a stupid song."  It's difficult to frame a cogent argument which supports the proposition:  "No, this song is bad-ass."   I guess he'll figure it out in about 10 years.
 Your excellent proposition is argument enough, quod erat demonstrandum.
Congrats cc_rider! reel' em in!


 cc_rider wrote:
Wait, what?

I heard this, and just figured this 'John Lee Hooker' guy, whoever he his, stole the riff from ZZ Top.

I'm wrong? My bad.
 
I think you may have just committed a crime by Austin standards.  Good news is, there's redemption available... a wonderful world of JLH music awaits you.
This and 'The Waterfront' from Hooker's The Real Folk Blues are both amazing.
JL Hooker's got me spellbound...{#Cowboy} {#Motor}

Perfect for a rainy afternoon.{#Biggrin}

 tpa29970 wrote:
My teenage son was listening with me this morning, and he said "What a stupid song."  It's difficult to frame a cogent argument which supports the proposition:  "No, this song is bad-ass."   I guess he'll figure it out in about 10 years.
 
Give him 5

 cc_rider wrote:
Wait, what?

I heard this, and just figured this 'John Lee Hooker' guy, whoever he his, stole the riff from ZZ Top.

I'm wrong? My bad.
 
Wait. What?  Wait. What?  "this 'John Lee Hooker' guy, whoever he his"  Wait. What?  Wait. What?
 jruhnke wrote:
ZZ Top's "La Grange" is a song about the Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.

"Spellbound", from which the great guitar lick comes from, is a John Lee Hooker song.

Hooker...whorehouse....  Coincidence?  I think not.

Those ZZ Top boys.  Layers upon layers of meaning with those guys....  ; )
  Wait, what?

I heard this, and just figured this 'John Lee Hooker' guy, whoever he his, stole the riff from ZZ Top.

I'm wrong? My bad.


grind grind grind away
Only on RP would you hear Depeche Mode then John Lee Hooker.  Truly eclectic. Love it.
My teenage son was listening with me this morning, and he said "What a stupid song."  It's difficult to frame a cogent argument which supports the proposition:  "No, this song is bad-ass."   I guess he'll figure it out in about 10 years.
RP forces me to admit to myself that it's possible I don't completely hate some of the things I thought I hated.  10.
ZZ Top's "La Grange" is a song about the Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.

"Spellbound", from which the great guitar lick comes from, is a John Lee Hooker song.

Hooker...whorehouse....  Coincidence?  I think not.

Those ZZ Top boys.  Layers upon layers of meaning with those guys....  ; )

Only a 6 from me.  I love his stuff but this just doesn't even approach the brilliance of some of his other recordings.

Had JLH on my mind. Fate . . .
 buddy wrote:
Excellent!  And now we know where Billy Gibbons got that "La Grange" lick from....
 
At least Billy acknowledges the original blues greats.  Don't know if Hooker got a co-writing credit on LaGrange. He probably should have.

Take a look at that cool ass mofo.
What a blues stud.
I love Fridays with RP!!!!!

Lets do this on Mondays too!
Dude!!!
This is different JLH ... I like it more than most. Most of his other stuff I like but it sounds so much the same to me; this doesn't. 


 calypsus_1 wrote:
no comment   -   9.
 
yeah

I don't know what it is, but John Lee Hooker's sound has always struck me as more "modern" than most other blues singers, almost more like rock music.  Or maybe the pieces I've heard from him have all been recent recordings.
cool...
 andrewimft wrote:

I agree completely... I think he's awful. Not sure about his early career, perhaps he wrote some good songs, but the last 20 years is just coasting, incredibly repetitive style, awful.

Others have been forgotten, somehow Hooker gets the press and accolades— Willie Dixon for example is a fantastic song writer, and was a fine elderly performer. I saw him in his '70's and he was still terrific.
 

Sorry you both feel that way.  I understand that from a melodic or versatile perspective, JLH is limited.  Yet from a pure telling sound of the blues, few can compare.  So I think he deserves his fame, even if many others don't get their due.
 robco1 wrote:
All I can say is "my my my my! Hey hey hey hey"
 
and, bow bow bow bow !
no comment   -   9.
 madaxeman wrote:
Am I the only person who finds J.L.H.'s one chord boogies boring? The man is soooooooo overrated.
 
I agree completely... I think he's awful. Not sure about his early career, perhaps he wrote some good songs, but the last 20 years is just coasting, incredibly repetitive style, awful.

Others have been forgotten, somehow Hooker gets the press and accolades— Willie Dixon for example is a fantastic song writer, and was a fine elderly performer. I saw him in his '70's and he was still terrific.


Am I the only person who finds J.L.H.'s one chord boogies boring? The man is soooooooo overrated.
aristoteles wrote:
That hammond plays way too much, this would be much more enjoyable if it was more intimate and delicate, that voice is pure blues....
Deacon Jones on the hammond always sought the spotlight...I agree he gets too much of it here. A "raw" sound, though, rather than intimate, seems more apropos... :yes:
Good song for the Speed Triple - Turn it up loud and drive fast! :motor:
All I can say is "my my my my! Hey hey hey hey" :cowboy:
felam wrote:
:bananapiano: Rock on in heaven JLH!
:guitarist:
:bananapiano: Rock on in heaven JLH!
JLH is a blues master...he will be missed
This song may have the fewest lyrics of any song I've ever heard...that has lyrics.
I must admit this isn't my fave Mr. Hooker material, but the fact it's the foundation for so much later work, some good ('Hot For Teacher'), some awesome (ZZ Top's LaGrange), gives it an 8.
aristoteles wrote:
That hammond plays way too much, this would be much more enjoyable if it was more intimate and delicate, that voice is pure blues....
That's very funny. Good one. :liar:
TURN THIS UP LOUD!!!
That hammond plays way too much, this would be much more enjoyable if it was more intimate and delicate, that voice is pure blues....
liser wrote:
Aww-haw-haw-haw... So THIS is where ZZ Top got it!! Zow!
Yep. They say it is tribute to JLH everytime the utter it. Boom Boom Boom Boom
Who is covering who here?
:notworthy: :notworthy:
liser wrote:
Aww-haw-haw-haw... So THIS is where ZZ Top got it!! Zow!
I'd zay zo. (JLH was doing this about 20 years before the boys were dribbles in their grandad's beard)
Only gripe I have with this, I'm expecting it to kick right back in again rather than just fading out. Nice socks.
I freakin' love the cover of this project. ...the inside too.