Monday, February 27, 2012
The "Judge" schtick was popular with the kids for a few minutes there in 1968. Pigmeat Markham did his "Here come the judge" bit on laugh in, and it took off from there. I don't know how many records were made on the whole 'Judge' theme, but if you want my opinion Shorty Long's take is (of the ones i own and/or have heard) probably the best...
My favorite part about The Bull & The Matadors Funky Judge is at the very very end. Right before they go into the fade out. The singer says to the judge: "I'm form Alabama your honor" and the judge says something that can't really be made out, and the singer goes: "Whaaattt?! I didn't do it!" And right at that moment there is a nasty guitar or possibly microphone feedback screech. Loud. For just a half of a second, but LOUD. You gotta love in studio live recordings. It must have driven some engineer insane. It's so loud and piercing that it probably bled onto all the other tracks, but the poor bastard had no choice but to leave it on there because it was an otherwise perfect take.
Turn it up, and pay attention right at the very end:
Judge- Sho is funky!