Every so often I tend to regress to a primitive musical state. For a few weeks, I shun modern music in favor of mostly early rock and roll or doo-wop. I’m of the belief that this is a good break from the barrage of music I receive, and even from what I listen to the rest of the time. Too much of anything can’t be good for you, so this rant and rehash leads me to today’s song: The Phantom’s “Love Me.”
Rockabilly has been on constant rotation since I got a compilation called Rockin’ Bones last week. It has every major song from a ton of hugely influential artists of the time, including heavy-hitters Elvis Presley and Carl Perkins as well. Most of the tunes are simple blues songs sped up and rocked out (which is all one can ask for when perusing the genre), but a few musicians happen to break the mold and go grander. Jerry Lott is one of them.
As The Phantom, Jerry Lott created a masked musical persona to unleash upon the world. He played country until Elvis changed his perspective, and from then on concentrated on rock ‘n’ roll. While more info on his past can be found at this great resource site, I want to instead focus on the song itself.
“Love Me” is a song that was far ahead of its time, and honestly resembles protopunk more than it does rockabilly. It’s fast and wild, and by the end of it Lott has become a heaping mess of a man. It’s how any good punk song would end, and it’s crazy that he got the band to pull it off to begin with. There were two takes, one with screaming and one without. Here’s hoping it earns a place in your collection, and if you like it then you should seek out the flipside called “Whisper Yor Love.”