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Preview: Blowfly with Guitar Lightnin' Lee

Noah Bonaparte Pais gets sleazy-funky with the upcoming show at Siberia



Some songs need no introduction. All of Blowfly's versions still get one, and how: "We gonna do something else about the late but great Otis Redding," Clarence Reid informs midway through his 1971 improper debut, The Weird World of Blowfly. "He called this one '(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay.' But you know we not gonna do it like that." Cue the relaxed bass line, the basking guitar melody and Reid, in his sweetest, lowest voice, crooning about doing a number two off Redding's idyllic perch — in the morning sun, till the evening come. (Whether his take is any more defiling than Michael Bolton's or Sammy Hagar's is another matter.) It's a weird world full of weird people, yet few weirder than the only artistic kin to both Weird Al Yankovic and 2 Live Crew: the original old dirty bastard, scatological-song supertramp and the most tasteful tasteless cover artist of all time. Like a Damon Wayans antihero gone far, far awry, Blowfly gave conspicuous cover to Reid's baser instincts, which ran afoul of his day job as a ghostwriter for mainstream R&B acts Gwen McCrae ("Rockin' Chair") and KC & the Sunshine Band ("Sound Your Funky Horn"). Forty years and almost as many contorted party records later, at age 69, Reid's profile grew substantially in 2010 after filmmaker Jonathan Furmanski featured him in an acclaimed documentary named after Blowfly's first album. Turning 74 on Valentine's Day, he has a decidedly non-grandfatherly new LP, Black in the Sack (PATAC), that somehow manages to out-sleaze AC/DC. Guitar Lightnin' Lee, Super Nice Bros. and DJs D. Lefty Parker and Benny Divine open. Tickets $12 in advance, $15 at the door. — Noah Bonaparte Pais

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