Albert Collins - Do the Sissy
The late blues legend Albert Collins was known as "The Iceman," and for good reason: besides Collins' penchant for titles referring to coldness and ice ("Frosty," "Sno-Cone," etc.), his guitar work was sharp and stinging, jabbing at the listener and withdrawing into bass notes. Although Collins didn't really make his mark until hooking up with Alligator in the late '70s, Collins' '50s and '60s sides for Hall, Imperial and other labels present some awesome blues, soul and funk. I'll defer to Larry Grogan's excellent article on Collins to cover them in more detail. Today's selection is a burbling, syncopated funky 45 that is one of my favorite Collins sides from that era. "Do the Sissy" starts with a bullfighter's fanfare but immediately settles down into a very stripped-down groove over which Collins, like a prize fighter, bobs, weaves and jabs his guitar lines, punctuated by his occasional shouts of "Do the Sissy!" or just "Sissy!" Hot stuff, I tell you.