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Various Artists: Politically Incorrect [Digipak]

Track List

>Squaws Along the Yukon - Hank Thompson
>Ubangi Stomp - Warren Smith
>Chinese Rock and Egg Roll - Buddy Hackett
>Honey Hush - Joe Turner
>Boom Boom Out Go the Lights - Little Walter
>How Can You Leave a Man Like This - Ella Mae Morse
>I'm Going Upside Your Head - Jimmy Reed
>(Gotta Go) Upside Your Head - Ella Johnson/Buddy
>Speedy Gonzales - Pat Boone
>Coplas - The Kingston Trio
>Skokiaan - The Four Lads
>Japanese Skokiaan - Spike Jones
>Ling Ting Tong - The Charms
>I Love Paris - Screamin' Jay Hawkins
>Get Out of the Car (Uh Oh) - Sammy Davis, Jr.
>Run for Your Life - Gary Lewis & the Playboys
>Calling All Cows - Blues Rockers
>No Chemise Please - Gerry Granahan
>Too Fat Polka - Arthur Godfrey
>Class Cutter (Yeah, Yeah) - Dale Hawkins
>Little School Girl - Fats Domino
>Rum and Coca Cola - The Andrews Sisters
>Girl Fifteen - Floyd Dixon/Mari Jones
>Slap 'er Down Again Paw - The Too Fat Trio/Arthur Godfrey
>Mountain Lullaby - Dorothy Shay
>Never Trust a Woman - Red Foley
>Women Drivers - The Playmates
>Flea Brain - Gene Vincent
>All Women Are the Same - The Hawks
>Fujiyama Mama - Anisteen Allen
>Shake, Rattle and Roll - Bill Haley & His Comets

Album Notes

Liner Note Authors: Hank Davis; Scott Parker .

Illustrators: Sven T. Uhrmann; Hank Davis; Scott Parker .

Photographers: Sven T. Uhrmann; Hank Davis; Scott Parker .

The idea behind Bear Family's 2015 compilation Politically Incorrect is simple: round up 31 songs from the '40s and '50s that caused nary a ripple upon their release, but seem tasteless now. As a concept, Politically Incorrect is appealing. As a listening experience, the album is a bit rocky. It bounces between country, R&B, pop, and rock & roll standards that may seem offensive on paper (Big Joe Turner's "Honey Hush," Warren Smith's "Ubangi Stomp," Hank Thompson's "Squaws Along the Yukon," the Andrew Sisters' "Rum and Coca Cola," Bill Haley's "Shake, Rattle & Roll") but are saved by their music. There are also songs that are theoretically offensive but seem innocuous, such as Arthur Godfrey's "Too Fat Polka." Thankfully, there are some staggering lapses of taste: Godfrey's "Slap 'Er Down, Agin, Paw" is pushed over the top with its smacking sound effects, the Kingston Trio's Mexican accents on "Coplas" induce the cringing that Pat Boone's novelty "Speedy Gonzales" always threatens to bring (if the compilers extended their purview into the '80s, Genesis' "Illegal Alien" would be right at home alongside this). Still, nothing beats -- or nothing is worse -- than Buddy Hackett's "Chinese Rock and Egg Roll," where the comedian rattles off stereotypes with the relentless force of a machine gun. It's hard to believe there ever was a world where this was acceptable. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine


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