B-side of Sugar Cane Curtain
(Written by Reuben Noel and J. Bulman)
Unlike the confusing A-side, Sugar Cane Curtain, the B-side to the Chuck-a-Lucks’ one and only Motown single definitely is meant to be a comedy folk song, albeit an incredibly gentle, inoffensive one.
It’s still not very good, though.
A tall tale about a legendary oil driller, set to a jaunty country and western rhythm, something along the lines of John Henry’s Hammer (complete with the hammer-on-anvil noises usually incorporated into recordings of that song), only a bit crap. It’s not funny, not even a little bit, but it is reasonably well performed, with neat brushed drums and quite good male harmonies, and for those reasons it’s not as objectionable as the A-side. Still, I can’t in all honesty ever see myself listening to it ever again.
This was the end of the Chuck-a-Lucks’ brief tenure as Motown artists; they carried on as a comedy/country touring act throughout the Sixties and early Seventies, Allmusic describing their future endeavours as follows: “Their act was much more oriented toward comedy than music, especially as time went by, being a kind of a country/right-wing version of the Smothers Brothers as satirists — their 1967 live album, cut for Shannon Records, the label owned by Mary Reeves, the widow of Jim Reeves, is notable today for its jokes at the expense of hippies, homosexuals, and others considered “alien” to the southern/western audience they appealed to.” The lovable scamps.
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