Friday, November 14, 2008
I might not be cool enough to know but I think in the '60s "hep" meant "hip" which meant you were attuned to the latest and greatest ideas, culture and music (It just wouldn't seem right if it referred to Hepatitus). This tune squeaked out on Magic City in the end of that decade, '69 to be specific, and speaks of a "squeeze" (maybe a person or a party?) which is hep. The term "Magic City" has been used for many a city but in this case they are referring to the once magical land of Detroit, then at the end of the Motown success. I wasn't able to find too much information specifically on Mad Dog but I can say: screaming can often be a bad thing but the wailing vocals through nice old preamps pressed onto a 45 rpm record tickle me just right.
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