Boom Boom (Out Go The Lights)

Continuing to catch up on recent additions.  I just started the blog, so I’m behind on documenting the changes, which occur pretty frequently.

This Labor Day weekend I heard Little Walter Jacobs’ version of Boom Boom (Out Go The Lights) on KBOO, 90.7 FM.  Little Walter is famous for amplifying the blues harp while working for Chess Records in Chicago. Brutally honest song about anger and jealousy.  Swings gently with nice harmonica fills by Walter.

Little Walter Jacobs

Little Walter Website

There’s a second good version by guitarist Pat Travers, who had a minor hit with Boom Boom in the late 1970s.  When my sister was still in high school, she went to the local Tower Records outlet with her girlfriends to a record signing with Pat Travers.  She came home exhilirated by the experience of having her record signed, with a kiss from Mr. Travers thrown in for good measure.  I doubt she still has the record, since she’s thoroughly embarrassed by such things.  Wow we were pretty sheltered kids I guess.  A kiss.  How daring!.

Here’s an excellent video of Pat Travers in recent years playing Boom Boom:

Boom Boom (Out Go The Lights), Little Walter ★★★
Boom Boom (Out Go The Lights), Pat Travers ★★★

I added two songs by the Brecker Brothers.  Randy (trumpet) and Michael (saxophone) Brecker were part of the New York music scene for many years, first as ensemble players in a funky dance band setting, then exploring more traditional jazz as they evolved.  The second song, If You Wanna Boogie (Forget It Baby), was a favorite song of Steve Benasso, who lived down the hallway on my dorm floor during freshman year (1976-1977) at U.C. Davis.  He was very friendly and social, a decent basketball player who tried out for the freshman basketball team.  Several years ago I bought an alumni directory and Steve was working for the U.S. Forest Service.

The Brecker Brothers features an outstanding group of young players who all went on to great success as studio musicians.  Bassist Will Lee, the singer on If You Wanna Boogie, is a long time member of Paul Shaffer’s CBS Orchestra.  These two songs are fun and danceable.

Sneakin’ Up Behind You, The Brecker Brothers ★★★
If You Wanna Boogie, The Brecker Brothers ★★

One thought on “Boom Boom (Out Go The Lights)

  1. Steve Benasso October 17, 2008 / 7:52 PM

    Hey Andreas,

    I have to admit, I’m not sure I remember you from freshman year in the dorms. I’m sorry. BTW, Brice Wightman was the real Brecker Brothers fan. He took me to their concert in SF when we were in high school. He’s the one you should hook up with. Outstanding jazz bass player. All Star from Monterey Jazz Festival in the 70’s. I’m actually still a big Tower of Power fan. You need them on this list. Oh, and I ended up being a little more than “decent” at basketball. But no one really cares about that. Cheers! Steve

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