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Allison is an influential Jazz musician. This song, which he wrote, is about how talk is cheap and words can be misinterpreted, so it's better to say nothing at all.
The Yardbirds did a popular cover of this song for their 1965 album For Your Love. On their official site, Yardbirds bass player Chris Dreja says of this song: "That's just the band - no guests involved. The track encompasses what great energy the band has. It's got all those little unexpected timing changes and loads of energy. It's just a cracking track, really - I love to play it. It's dead honest - the perfect opener. It's not going to scare people that the Yardbirds have gone all weird. And it says what we are live." (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
," a tribute to Mose Allison, was one of the tracks on The Pixies' 1990 Bossanova
Cy Curnin of The Fixx
The man who brought us "Red Skies" and "Saved By Zero" is now an organic farmer in France.
Petula talks about her hits "Downtown" and "Don't Sleep In The Subway," and explains her Michael Jackson connection.
Andy Powell of Wishbone Ash
The Wishbone Ash guitarist on how touring with The Who inspired one of their most enduring songs, and why they moved to America at the peak of their powers.