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"I Don't Like Cool Stuff": The Bakers Dozen Of Billy Childish
Phil Hebblethwaite , April 21st, 2014 04:24

Easter Monday is Billy Holiday! Wild Billy Childish of the Medway Towns tells Phil Hebblethwaite about his 13 favourite records; or tells him about 13 records at least...


Nina Simone - 'Strange Fruit'

There's a version that was done on British TV on a jazz programme in about '56 with just a piano and vocal that I heard when I was quite young and I was really amazed by that. You can see it on YouTube these days. I guess I first heard her when I was about 12 or 13, although I'm not sure how that happened. On this version, people say her voice had cracked and she was past her best, but I think it's fantastic. I'm not a great fan of jazz, though. I don't mind Louis Armstrong's Hot Five – something with a bit of guts to it – but I'm not interested in those bebop bastards, probably because of the association of 'cool'. I don't like cool stuff, or people like Ella Fitzgerald, who's a kind of style singer. She has talent, but I'm not very interested in talent. To be as talented as Ella Fitzgerald is very rare thing, and I'm happy that's the case.

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