Penetration, Iggy Pop & A Hawk and A Hacksaw.

Penetration, Iggy Pop & A Hawk and A Hacksaw.

Let us sing a bit of good old Captain Kitt,
Who sat one morning early in the head.
A bee came flying past and it stung him on the ass,
And this is what the gallant captain said:

Asshole rules the Navy, asshole rules the sea!
If you want a bit of bum, better get it from your chum -
You’ll get no ass from me.

Now we’ll hear some rhymes of Yeoman Second Grimes,
Who ran the hook that hoisted up the mail.
One day as he stood watch it caught him in the crotch
And he cried as he went flying o’er the rail, “It doesn’t matter!”

For asshole rules the Navy, asshole rules the sea!
If you want a bit of bum, better get it from your chum -
You’ll get no ass from me.

Now to end my song I’ll sing of AB Long,
Whose member was not like his name at all.
When asked if he would tell how he got along so well
His answer simply was, as I recall: “It’s very simple…”

For asshole rules the Navy, asshole rules the sea!
If you want a bit of bum, better get it from your chum -
You’ll get no ass from me.

If you want a bit of bum, better get it from your chum -
You’ll get no ass from me.

Albuquerque-cum-Balkan folk duo A Hawk and A Hacksaw may be better acclimatised to irking Minehead security at any of the umpteen All Tomorrow’s Parties they’ve yet played by staging frenzied jigs amidst the penny pushers and air hockey tables than they might to the stereotypically retrograde homophobia supposed of the Navy and scribed above, though in tying their rocking accordions to the resplendent, if increasingly rickety croak of fellow piece of decaying ATP furniture Iggy Pop, they could equally feasibly continue to earn their keep. The most outré contribution to Son of Rogue’s Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs & Chanteys – a compilation cobbled together by Johnny Depp, Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski and producer Hal Willner – the trio (musical; not curatorial) give the smuttiest of chanteys a jaunty rethink that’s as outlandish as it is incontrovertibly puerile. Puerility has long since been Pop’s foremost MO, though never did I ever think he’d again drift this far out into the great, and unknowably extraordinary…

Son of Rogue’s Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs & Chanteys is expected February 18th via ANTI- and also features contributions from the likes of Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, Michael Gira, Tom Waits with Keith Richards, Courtney Love alongside Michael Stipe, etc.

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