Hank Ballard - Butter Your Popcorn
eBay is a great thing for record collectors like me, as I generally don't know many good places to get records (especially here in Atlanta; there were some great places in Chicago to get good vinyl) and am just getting plugged into the record fairs, etc. There are soul records galore there, and the steady stream of packages that come to the mailbox keeps the Stepfather a happy soul man. Every now and then I get pleasantly surprised to get a record for an awesome price. In transit to me now is the 45 of today's selection, in near mint condition, which I was able to get for $3.50! (Now here's hoping that there's no post office mishap like the one from the other week, when my Little Richard gospel 45 got broken by my local mail carrier!)
"Butter Your Popcorn" was one of the records in the James Brown "Popcorn" canon (as discussed in a prior post), and it's a good one. After the female spoken intro, Ballard leaps into the song and rides its lurching groove all the way to the fade. One writer noted that Ballard is so enthusiastic that he's out of tune, which is true, but the soul and pure fun of the tune makes up for Ballard's flawed singing. Come on, children - butter your popcorn!
(EDITOR'S NOTE - The link above now points to an MP3 of the tune.)