2021 SONG DRAFT- ROUND 9 PICK 5: QUINN MADDUX SELECTS- ‘BOOM BOOM’- JOHN LEE HOOKER

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Song Draft

Boom Boom

Album: Burnin’

Written by: John Lee Hooker

Time: 2:29

Might as well continue the confusion train and add in some blues with the Hook. This is one guy I regret not getting to see live. I did see BB King and Bo Diddley, but missing out on the Hook is one of my biggest misses.

This is a blues standard song, and though it has been covered by a lot of people, there is nothing that compares to hearing John Lee Hooker belt out the ‘how-how-how-how’ of this song.

Hooker stated that he wrote this song during a long term engagement at a Detroit bar called the Apex.

Technical aspects of the song from wiki – The original “Boom Boom” is an uptempo (168 beats per minute) blues song, which has been notated in 2/2 time in the key of F. It has been described as “about the tightest musical structure of any Hooker composition: its verses sedulously adhere to the twelve-bar format over which Hooker generally rides so roughshod”.The song uses “a stop-time hook that opens up for one of the genre’s most memorable guitar riffs” and incorporates a middle instrumental section Hooker-style boogie.

I know everyone has heard this song in one format or another, but enjoy the original version.

11 responses to “2021 SONG DRAFT- ROUND 9 PICK 5: QUINN MADDUX SELECTS- ‘BOOM BOOM’- JOHN LEE HOOKER

  1. Two thoughts: First, this is a great addition to the draft. I love it! Second, as it started playing, I instantly heard the song ‘Gimme Some Money’ from Spinal Tap. I wonder if the soundtrack composers meant it to be a satire take on Boom Boom. A lot of the early 60s British Invasion groups got their start doing covers of US blues standards, and Spinal Tap is definitely a parody of 60s British Invasion groups.

  2. Great pick – a real classic! Recently, I watched a great documentary about Buddy Guy during which he mentioned it was Hooker’s Boogie Chillin’ that got him into music.

    Guy also told a great story about how he met Hooker for the first time in Germany. It was at some hotel. When Hooker heard Guy play Boogie Chillin’, he walked up to Guy, asking him what he was doing, heavily stuttering. Guy had no idea Hooker stuttered since he never did when he sang. At first, he didn’t believe he had just met the man who had inspired him as a child. Then Big Mama Thornton, who was also around, confirmed Guy was taking to Hooker.

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