You Can't Teach An Old Dog New Tricks

Album: You Can't Teach An Old Dog New Tricks (2011)
  • The title track of American blues musician Seasick Steve's sixth studio album was inspired by a sobering reality check after receiving a call to play at Glastonbury's 40th anniversary. He explained to The Sun: "I was gonna be on the main stage and we were gonna play for 100,000 people, which we did end up doing. I was really drunk and I started to have this conversation in my soused brain. 'S---, maybe I should get some new clothes. Maybe I should get some guest artists to make it special. Maybe I should get a light show too.' Then this hammer comes on my head and I'm like, 'Steve, shut up. People like you because you do what you do. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. And you wouldn't be able to fix it anyway.' What business do I have trying to be fancy?"
    Inspired, Steve picked up his hubcap guitar and penned this song.
  • Another "old dog" who plays on this track is John Paul Jones, who was born January 3, 1946. The four string maestro also contributed to another canine-titled track on the album, "Back In The Doghouse" plus the closer, "Long, Long Way."
  • Seasick Steve appeared on the BBC Breakfast news programme on May 31, 2011 where he performed with one of his legendary homemade instruments. As well as playing part of the video for the title track of his new album, the two presenters asked him what had inspired it. The song has a fairly obvious autobiographical origin.

    Steve Wold was born in 1941, but it was not until he appeared on Jools Holland's Hootenanny programme on New Year's Eve 2006 that he could be said to have arrived. Since then he has achieved both well-deserved commercial success and critical acclaim.

    In spite of his innate modesty, it is difficult to believe that Steve has learned nothing since his fortuitous run-in with Jools Holland, but perhaps he hasn't heard Dennis Waterman's recording of "It's Alright". >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England
Please sign in or register to post comments.

Comments

Be the first to comment...

The Punk Photography of Chris SteinSong Writing

Chris Stein of Blondie shares photos and stories from his book about the New York City punk scene.

dUg Pinnick of King's XSongwriter Interviews

dUg dIgs into his King's X metal classics and his many side projects, including the one with Jeff Ament of Pearl Jam.

Reverend Horton HeatSongwriter Interviews

The Reverend rants on psychobilly and the egghead academics he bashes in one of his more popular songs.

Gentle GiantSongwriter Interviews

If counterpoint and polyrhythms are your thing, you might love these guys. Even by Progressive Rock standards, they were one of the most intricate bands of the '70s. Then their lead singer gave us Bon Jovi.

Peter LordSongwriter Interviews

You may not recognize his name, but you will certainly recognize Peter Lord's songs. He wrote the bevy of hits from Paula Abdul's second album, Spellbound.

A Monster Ate My Red Two: Sesame Street's Greatest Song SpoofsSong Writing

When singers started spoofing their own songs on Sesame Street, the results were both educational and hilarious - here are the best of them.