Pornographic music goes way back, and when daguerreotype was invented, people made some of the earliest pornographic pictures. But there were even photo processes before that, and I know that these people experimented with more than just images of ripened fruit. There was early pornographic silent film, literature and sheet music. Before the early records, photos, movies and books, there were pornographic paintings, drawings — pornographic cave etchings…
This is why some of the affectations of the so-called risqué songs and photos of today put me to sleep. I know that this behavior had been explored since the early days of human existence, by those who couldn’t ignore their natural curiosities, even at risk of being drawn and quartered. These early pornographic interpretations are more interesting and original, especially considering the historic context.
A Facebook buddy posted a link with an article suggesting that the filthy songs produced in the 1930s might have been the “filthiest” ever.
In the link, Lucille Bogan’s voice and the look on Harry Roy’s face somehow reminded me of syphilitic lunacy. Lucille Bogan has an unapologetic, devilish style, and she gets right to the point. She is in hysterics in the middle of the song with the idea of these “filthy” indulgences. Harry Roy looks like someone about to participate in something unholy, where “utensils” may or may not be used. I don’t know who the guy in that last picture is, but you should just take a look at him – just look at him!
Not suggesting that the excessive love of sex should bring this misery upon anyone, and certainly not saying that these musicians had syphilis. Just saying though. God forbid condoms, dental dams and antibiotics had never been invented, a lot of us might be just about as screwed. Long live evolucion!
I had not heard these before – golly, they’re so much fun!
Interesting! I think the line “my pencil don’t work no more” will stick in my head for a while lol
That one stuck out for me as well Carla — hahaha!
Great post. I love those old 1930’s tunes. Dig the history and what led to them. Wonderful to see an article hipping other people to these musicians and the porn behind the music -grin-
Thanks Rachael! That period is really interesting, seems like a wild era.
Golly, they are so much fun! I never would have thought the 1930s were so dirty. It rivals today. Thanks for sharing!
I think some of the pop stars should be reminded that someone did it waaaaay before they did — hahaha!
Exactly! Waaaay before! Sex has always been around, right?
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Hi Dawn-y Dawn! — hope you have a kickass day!
Thanks! I hope you do too!
Much better than the music you usually listen to, Sandee, that’s for sure!
I suppose Mike — though these pieces have risque lyrics, they follow a conventional rhythmic pattern, at least, right? Ahaha! Happy snow day!
That was entertaining, Sandee. It doesn’t surprise me that there were recordings like these made Way Back When, but the fact that sex in music has become mainstream today to the point of dull, that’s surprising. Or maybe, disappointing. I look at Miley Cyrus’s silly gyrations or yet another guy yanking on his junk and think, “Zzzzzzzzz.”
Disappointing is right — it should always be exciting! I must say, I think Miley Cyrus is adorable and talented — there, I said it 🙂
I thought she did a good job hosting SNL, but her music is completely forgettable to me.
I started watching that SNL show I think, but I didn’t see the whole thing. I gotta be honest, I’m not familiar with most of her music, but I’ve heard her sing and I think she has a nice voice. Nowadays they pump these little songstresses out on conveyor belts — oy! With everything cyberized, it’s crazy fast the way the industry moves.
To me these singers are all a bland blur. The other day, I heard Mary Wells singing “My Guy”. Great song. Great voice.
Ahhh, yes, those were the days… I can hear it now…
Her voice was pure sex and she sounded like a woman who knew how to do it — not a horny flirty little girl.
I love when there’s a subtle undertone of sensuality — it beats out and out raunchy vulgarity — though there’s a place for that too — hahaha!
If Lucille Bogan was recorded singing “Shave ’em Dry” using modern recording techniques, she would own raunch.
Ahahaha! — yes I think so!
FILTH, I love it!
Even the word ‘filth’ itself — the sound of it.
I’d love to hear someone looking around a NYC subway car say this! “Goddamned filth!” — shaking their head, pursed lips, saying it over and over…
Ahahahaha! Frrrrrick-ing — FILTH! 😀
I need a lie down
Whew! Me too! Ahahaha!