WALKING THE DOG * RUFUS THOMAS * LONDON 9799 * UK
There is always something of a comic element in Rufus Thomas' recordings, and, paradoxically, it is his tongue-in-cheek irreverence that help to make the somewhat 'poppy' nature of his songs into something more serious, or at least something not to be dismissed as just plain silly. I don't know enough about American black slang from the period to know if 'Walking-The-Dog' isn't something of a double entendre, but I certainly wouldn't put it past him, so to speak, to be using it as such. As a serious record Walking The Dog and its predecessor The Dog were thought of highly by the Mods and danced to seriously both down the Flamingo and up The Lyceum, as well as them both being from the American Stax label which, back then, had serious cultural authority in Mod circles.
RETURN TO THE GUYS WITH SOUL PAGE 1 * PAGE 2