Bozz Scaggs – Lowdown

As this blog goes on I will keep mentioning my old vinyl collection. When I moved to Australia, I gave all my reggae vinyl to a reggae lover called Paul, and I told my dad to dispose of the rest of my collection however he saw fit. I had tried to sell it to a record shop but the guy wanted to pick and choose, and I was too busy packing up my house to be fannying around like that. My dad kept the vinyl collection for 5 years, and a few months ago I realised that there were DJs out there who would love to have my perfectly alphabetized, kept in cardboard sleeves, loved and immaculate vinyl, so I contacted dad to see if he still had it, but unfortunately he had sold it at a car boot sale for a few pounds. Never mind, somebody somewhere has all this lovely vinyl with ‘Sue’ written in the middle of every disc and I hope they are enjoying it, but please excuse me if I lament the loss.

Boz Scaggs

Boz Scaggs

One of my 7″ vinyl classics was Lowdown by Boz Scaggs. I loved that song. I was 15 when it came out, and it was a funky, chilled song that I could listen to all day. I never realised that Boz used to sing and play guitar with the Steve Miller Band. I had another 7″ of his called Lido Shuffle which was more ‘poppy’ and nowadays doesn’t appeal so much, Lowdown was the Boz highlight for me and has stood the test of time. Boz still tours with other golden oldies like Michael McDonald (Doobie Brothers) and Donald Fagen (Steely Dan).

I give this one an 8 out of 10 because it has lasted so long. One of my favourite parts of the song is the change about halfway through with the little bit of instrumental and guitar. The sub throb rating is a 1.

So blog reader, do you like Lowdown?

Here’s the lyrics:

Baby’s into running’ around
Hanging with the crowd
Putting your business in the street talking out loud
Saying you bought her this and that
And how much you done spent
I swear she must believe its all heaven sent
Hey boy, you better bring the chick around
To the sad, sad truth, the dirty lowdown

Who, I wonder, wonder, wonder, wonder who
Taught her how to talk like that
Who, I wonder, wonder, wonder, wonder who
Gave her that big idea

Nothing you can’t handle, nothing you ain’t got
Put the money on the table and drive it off the lot
Turn on that ole love light and turn a maybe to a yes
Same old schoolboy game got you into this mess
Hey son, better get on back to town
Face the sad old truth, the dirty lowdown

Who, I wonder, wonder, wonder, wonder who
Put those ideas in your head
Who, I wonder, wonder, wonder, wonder who

Come on back down earth, son
Dig the low, low, low, low lowdown

You ain’t got to be so bad got to be so cold
This dog eat dog existence sure is getting old
Got to have a Jones for this Jones for that
This running with the Joneses boy
Just ain’t where it’s at
You gonna come back around
To the sad, sad truth, the dirty lowdown

Who, I wonder, wonder, wonder, wonder who
Got you thinking like that boy
Who, I wonder, wonder, wonder, wonder who

I wonder, wonder, wonder, wonder who
Say who, I wonder, wonder, wonder, wonder who
Ooh look out for that lowdown
That dirty, dirty, dirty, dirty lowdown
Who I wonder, wonder, wonder, wonder who, oh, oh
Got you thinking like that

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