December 25, 2008

It's Christmastime with Roebuck "Pops" Staples!

& a Happy Four Weeks until the Obama Era! We were watching David Byrne's True Stories movie, & I couldn't put my finger on why the voodoo butler singing "Papa Legba" looked so familiar - it's Roebuck "Pops" Staples of course. His thirty second verse in "The Weight" completely steals Scorsese's Last Waltz movie for me ("Go down Moses" is at 1:49 in the second video below). Pops would have turned 94 on Sunday. If you're wondering how to spend your iTunes gift certificate, I recommend buying the studio version of the Staples Singers singing that song with The Band from the additional tracks at the end of The Last Waltz soundtrack, damn it's good. Luckily, both "Papa Legba" & "The Weight" are on YouTube for those of you alone of Christmas, or just of some sort of hippie Jewish persuasion. Ho ho ho!


1 comment:

ß. Andrigon said...

Luckily, David Byrne & John Goodman have been translated into German.