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Booker T. & the MGs — Green Onions
Album: Green Onions
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8.6

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Total ratings: 1930









Released: 1962
Length: 2:47
Plays (last 30 days): 0
(Instrumental)
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My rating down to 5
The Sandlot!
always reminds me of big lebowski :D
 ScottFromWyoming wrote:
Time to swap it out with Time is Tight.
 
 
 
Yesss!
 Propayne wrote:
I've never understood the "overplayed" or "I've heard the song too much" criticism.

That has nothing to do with how good a song is.

And this one is great.

 

 
{#Yes}  {#Notworthy}
 jlind wrote:
As much as I despised the pervious song, what a segue Bill!

 
This is why all of your true listeners would never skip a song on your station, and why you shouldn't let them because your new users don't know any better.
As much as I despised the pervious song, what a segue Bill!
With the start of the cricket season upon us, not sure this is the right Booker T. track to be playing - #SoulLimbo
Now, let's step up the game. Give us some Jimmy Smith!
 Jelani wrote:
This a such a cool and iconic tune of theirs.  I love it.
How disappointed was I when I got the 'Best of" CD and this wasn't on it.
I was confounded as well.

 
You didn't look before you bought it?
 ScottFromWyoming wrote:
Time to swap it out with Time is Tight.
 
 
 
or have both
This a such a cool and iconic tune of theirs.  I love it.
How disappointed was I when I got the 'Best of" CD and this wasn't on it.
I was confounded as well.
 silkaardvark wrote:
I heard Booker T and his son rock this last month in Honolulu. Mr. Jones on the Hammond and his son has serious chops on the guitar. There were only about fifty of us in a small recording studio at the local NPR. Epic and great stories between songs.A real raconteur!

 
Nice!   
Time to swap it out with Time is Tight.
 
 
{#Bananapiano}
Great song!

PSD? 
seems like i have heard this all my life
surprised to just now learn it's 1962
i would have guessed late sixties 
 aaronm wrote:
Me: "Huh, what do you think the album cover looks like?"

Me: "Well, I don't know what I expected." 


I guess that sometimes, life just imitates... life!
I heard Booker T and his son rock this last month in Honolulu. Mr. Jones on the Hammond and his son has serious chops on the guitar. There were only about fifty of us in a small recording studio at the local NPR. Epic and great stories between songs.A real raconteur!
 PopKombo wrote:
classic

 



Ditto
classic
 bentonian wrote:
The first thousand times I heard this it rated an 8. The second thousand times it was down to a 7. Maybe I'm just old, but it's down to a 5.

 
Maybe you need to go to an asylum. It's not related the number of times you've listen this with the quality, repercusion and history of this song.
 Rajin wrote:
Go guitar gooooo!
 
band
I've never understood the "overplayed" or "I've heard the song too much" criticism.

That has nothing to do with how good a song is.

And this one is great.

 
The first thousand times I heard this it rated an 8. The second thousand times it was down to a 7. Maybe I'm just old, but it's down to a 5.
Wow, and it's about vegetables.  

11 !!!!!

also a very inspirational song :  please check out Robert Cray 2014 album "In My Soul" with the song "Hip Tight Onions"

seen Robert Cray perform that one live in Amsterdam ( Europe....)  also deserves 10....+


 kcar wrote:

Huh! I watched a great documentary about Stax/Volt Records years ago and was under the impression that the company's headquarters got demolished after Stax went out of business. Were the studios at a different location or is my memory faulty? 

 
I believe the original studio was torn down in the 1980s, but a replica was built about ten years ago, as a museum, on the same spot.
This song exemplifies the word "groove".
Go guitar gooooo!
Me: "Huh, what do you think the album cover looks like?"
<clicks song link on RP>
Me: "Well, I don't know what I expected." 
 stalfnzo wrote:
Some songs are simply an 11. 

 
Ditto
Some songs are simply an 11. 
I picture Schroeder playing the Hammond while Snoopy, Pigpen and the rest of the Peanuts crew all dance about…
{#Bananasplit} {#Bananasplit} {#Bananasplit} 
What can you say? One of the all-time greats.
Superb...believe it or not, Tom Petty et al do a great cover of this...it's in my archives somewhere...
{#Bananapiano}

A big fat 10!
 oldfart48 wrote:
{#Bananapiano}{#Bananajam}{#Sunny}{#Sunny} {#Sunny}

 
{#Bananajam}   {#Guitarist}{#Bananasplit}  {#Bananapiano}{#Sunny}{#Dancingbanana_2} {#Bananajam}{#Sunny}  {#Drummer}  {#Bananapiano}   {#Bananajam}x{#Sunny}
{#Bananapiano}{#Bananajam}{#Sunny}{#Sunny} {#Sunny}
 Propayne wrote:
groove

 
{#Bananajam}   {#Guitarist}{#Bananasplit}  {#Dancingbanana_2}   {#Drummer}  {#Bananapiano}   {#Bananajam}

"I'm in the groove Jackson"
groove
 rdo wrote:
acxessible bubblegum top 40 schlock
 
Yep, but it is really good "schlock"
acxessible bubblegum top 40 schlock
 unclehud wrote:
Anybody hear the NPR blurb on these guys two days ago?  It was a plug for a new book: Respect Yourself, by Robert Gordon.  Interesting mix of racial cooperation in the midst of big-time segregated Memphis in the 60s.  

A couple of great friends got married in Memphis a few years ago, and their wedding reception was held at the old Stax studios.  Paid all my respects in 15 minutes and spent the next 2 hours cruising through the place.  Unforgettable.  (Gibson factory in downtown is also a "don't miss" music treasure.)

 
Huh! I watched a great documentary about Stax/Volt Records years ago and was under the impression that the company's headquarters got demolished after Stax went out of business. Were the studios at a different location or is my memory faulty? 

One of my favorite stories from that documentary touched on a '62 recording session at Stax's studios in Memphis. A guy named Johnny Jenkins showed up to record some songs but finished early. The guy who'd driven him to the studio had worked with Jenkins in other bands and asked if he could use the remaining session time to record himself. The engineers agreed and Otis Redding cut two tracks, including one of his biggest hits "These Arms of Mine." 
Anybody hear the NPR blurb on these guys two days ago?  It was a plug for a new book: Respect Yourself, by Robert Gordon.  Interesting mix of racial cooperation in the midst of big-time segregated Memphis in the 60s.  

A couple of great friends got married in Memphis a few years ago, and their wedding reception was held at the old Stax studios.  Paid all my respects in 15 minutes and spent the next 2 hours cruising through the place.  Unforgettable.  (Gibson factory in downtown is also a "don't miss" music treasure.)
 unclehud wrote:
A Hammond B3 and a whacka-whacka guitar technique that's rarely (never?) heard these days. 
Glad to report that the B3 is alive and well - in New Orleans, at least. You seem 'em (and their associated Leslie speakers) at pawn shops often, a sure sign that a lot of musicians are working on it. This guy is one of the local masters.
Definitely don't get the unabashed love for this song by posters...  It's fun to hear once in awhile, but that's about it.
 
 cShaggy wrote:
..if ever a song cried out for lyrics..(play it some more & i'll try)..
 
maxi priest with shaggy " that kind of girl " cooks it correctly.....
Sorry, but all I can think of now when I hear this is, " Call your doctor if...". Thank you pharmaceutical conglomerates.

Still one of the beat song ever, ;) 
1962 was a very good year indeed! {#Devil_pimp}
'62....... this Came Out in '62??  Where in the hell was the rest of the music at that time? A M A Z I N G !
Some Link Wray would go well with the green onions.
So '60s. And so '10s.  
You just can't help but feel good... 10!
Does not get cooler than this.
Yeah, a fave of mine. Thank you.


Way cool.


{#Dancingbanana}  
A Hammond B3 and a whacka-whacka guitar technique that's rarely (never?) heard these days.  
This defines "cool"! 
Anyone ever hear Roy Buchanan's version?
 ziakut wrote:
RIP Donald "Duck" Dunn
 
Amen. Duck's one of my idols. However, Lewie Steinberg played bass on this recording.
This is one of the definitive songs of the last 50 years.  Definition of a 10.
..if ever a song cried out for lyrics..(play it some more & i'll try)..
I LOVE this. 
It's a bummer it's not on their greatest hits album. (?!) 
RIP Donald "Duck" Dunn
I've always wondered why this song is so good.  Simple blues song without any real remarkable playing.  But it's a great song that I always pay attention to.  
Welcome to Dave's Dinner... Anyone remember that?  Some radio show from my past?
HELP SAVE THE PLANET ! ! !  .... BUY ''GREEN ONIONS'' {#Bounce}
Yo, daddy-o.
Used to love the clack of the 45s falling onto the deck in those (gasp) automatic record players
Barfly....
9->10
One of the Greats. Amazing to think this is nearly 50 years old.
Depends. Sorry.
Memphis.
This always makes me think of the classic Robert Crumb 'Keep on Truckin' cartoon:


Love RP and Green Onions...

https://www.npr.org/2011/05/05/135840639/booker-t-jones-tiny-desk-concert


 DaveInVA wrote:
I still have the 45 rpm record of this, damn I'm old...
 

Ahhh, I feel better now, there's a hi-tech EP in our house.

 wenatchee wrote:
You know that feeling you get when you hit all the lights just right and the sun is rising and you've had a just-right cup of joe?  
 
(I'm smellin you wenatchee)

OR when the sun is going down on a warm summer Friday night, the smell of barbecue just kicked you in the nose and a cold beer just winked at you and is demanding a big kiss on the lips?!

This should be Volume 1, Track 3 of the Chicago soundtrack.

You know that feeling you get when you hit all the lights just right and the sun is rising and you've had a just-right cup of joe?  
 PA1749 wrote:

There are overplayed songs and there are timeless songs. This one falls into the timeless catagory for me...Great Tune!


 
You forgot the third category.

 gabrielle7nt wrote:
 
Hmmm... I had salmon and wine, too.
 


Wow, cosmic! (as my friend in high school used to say...)
 Dave_Mack wrote:

I'm imagining green onions in the ears. Pretty amusing after a couple glasses of wine and some nice salmon.
  
Hmmm... I had salmon and wine, too.
 gabrielle7nt wrote:
So good for the ears. Tasty and nutritious, too.
 


I'm imagining green onions in the ears. Pretty amusing after a couple glasses of wine and some nice salmon.
Classic, Booker T. Jones and the Memphis Group! Rock that Hammond.
So good for the ears. Tasty and nutritious, too.
 Hannio wrote:


That girl is screaming because she just got hit in the back with two heat seeking missiles.
 
I'm sorry - I love this song, but I'm laughing so hard I can't see what I'm typing.  Thanks, Hannio - you made my entire month.

Too cool for school!  The definitive instrumental.
Too bad that these guys get pigeonholed with their three or four mega-tunes.  They were some of the best Stax to come out of Memphis.  Maybe it isn't too bad, because as often as their songs are used in the movies, each probably has a nice life.

By the way, Steve Cropper and Duck Dunn were also 'Blues Brothers.'

Ya Ya Ya !

Excellent toe-tapping music!

It's the only exercise I've gotten all day, sitting in front of my computer at work.  LOL


 nalle wrote:
Love that sound of B3, great!
 
I'v been playing that exact B3 ! {#Bananapiano}

There are overplayed songs and there are timeless songs. This one falls into the timeless catagory for me...Great Tune!


Love that sound of B3, great!
I got to see Booker T. play this at Coachella last year. The Drive-By Truckers were his backing band. Too cool.
Soooo Good I had to bump it from a 9 to a 10.

Thanks, I needed that!
 
julianne moore & colin firth

This song now makes me think of Julianne Moore & Colin Firth dancing in "A Single Man".  Great scene!

Late 90s, university town, downtown pool hall, cigars, beer, good friends, Booker T. & The M.G.s....
Happy Birthday Steve Cropper
The embodiment of a 10.

Anybody remember this from the movie version of Quadrophenia, when Phil Daniels as our attention seeking protaganist Jimmy Cooper invented stage diving, only then it was more like balcony diving?
Jimmy's pictured 4th from the right on this poster (which looks like the U.K. version to me).



This song is so awesome that I'm having it played at my memorial service someday so my friends can dance and holla' in my memory!
 gypsyman wrote:
Roy Buchanan's version is rather intense.
 

agreed
timeless foot tappen great soul blues {#Bananapiano}
Booker T. and the M.G.s - ahead of their time, and their music still fits today. We have a local radio show that used this as a theme song.  I love their sound... God, I must be getting old! I love the Moody Blues, and Booker T..... {#Roflol}
Roy Buchanan's version is rather intense.
I always thought those were scallions. Song brings back good memories, BTW.
 Hannio wrote:


That girl is screaming because she just got hit in the back with two heat seeking missiles.
 

Now that is seriously funny!

And so obviously accurate at the same time.
 dmax wrote:
...Reminds me of sitting on the back porch, summer day, cold drink, listening to all soul, all day...
 




 shutter wrote:
This song is the quintessental "cool."
 

Belongs with Miles' "All Blues."

I so totally love that little grunt/yell at the beginning.
Reminds me of sitting on the back porch, summer day, cold drink, listening to all soul, all day...
 Hannio wrote:


That girl is screaming because she just got hit in the back with two heat seeking missiles.
 


lol!

Great song , btw.
 bchartier wrote:

 

That girl is screaming because she just got hit in the back with two heat seeking missiles.
Wow- I'm cooking right now, and the onions hit the pan about a minute and a half before this song came on.  Too bad they're yellow onions...
 More_Cowbell wrote:
Is this Donald 'Duck' Dunn on bass?

 

Nope.

While Duck was/is the bassist for most of the band's career, he was the second to fill the roll. Dunn replaced original Bassist, Lewie Steinberg, in 1965 and Green Onions was released in '62.

 PublicMentor wrote:
Too bad that they don't have other inspiring songs such as this one
  Surely you jest?


Just timeless!!{#Clap}

 More_Cowbell wrote:
Is this Donald 'Duck' Dunn on bass?
 
Hey, there's no need for name calling! {#Lol}

Yes, he was the bass player for the band. And if you don't mind me saying, his playing on this tune is just ducky.... WE DO MIND! {#Beat}
This song is the quintessental "cool."
I'd like to know your grandpa!
 
Hannio wrote:


Well, as my grandpa used to say, you're only as old as the woman you feel.