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The Dirty Blues is a bit of a cliché in some areas, and to many modern ears, it seems more a joke than a legitimate form. But the dirty blues has a long tradition in the blues, and it often resurfaces in modern blues and rock. During the early days of recorded blues, raunchy songs were recorded nearly as often as love songs and laments. These songs were distinguished by their often humorous double entendres and metaphors; in performance, the songs could actually flirt with the vulgar, but on wax, the meanings were suggested. The dirty blues primarily were about sex, but there were many songs about drugs and reefer that were essentially dirty blues -- namely, simple country blues with taboo lyrics. The dirty blues thrived in the days before World War II. After the war, many record labels concentrated on records that were commercially viable, and the dirty blues faded away, only to be resurrected during the blues revival of the '60s, when many white collegiates discovered the form.

Dirty Blues Album Highlights

Raunchy Business: Hot Nuts & Lollypops
Various Artists
Raunchy Business: Hot Nuts ...
Flashbacks, Vol. 3 - Copulation Blues 1926-1940: Hot & Sexy
Various Artists
Flashbacks, Vol. 3 - ...
Risque Blues: Keep on Churnin'
Various Artists
Risque Blues: Keep on ...
The Ultimate 30's and 40's Reefer Songs
Various Artists
The Ultimate 30's and 40's ...
Risque Blues: 60 Minute Man
Various Artists
Risque Blues: 60 Minute Man
Bawdy Blues
Various Artists
Bawdy Blues

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Dirty Blues Song Highlights

Title/Composer Performer Stream
Bo Carter's Advice Bo Carter
I Know Who Threw the Whiskey in the Well Bull Moose Jackson
Mother Fuyer Chick Willis
Pin in Your Cushion
Bo Carter
We Ain't Got Nothin' (But the Blues) Bull Moose Jackson & His Buffalo Bearcats
Bucket's Got a Hole in It
Washboard Sam
Picture on the Wall Chick Willis
Reefer Man Cab Calloway & His Orchestra
Black Snake Blues Victoria Spivey
Here Comes the Man with the Jive
Stuff Smith & His Onyx Club Boys

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