"This brash disdain for the square world's imperatives was nowhere demonstrated more clearly than in the conduct of Fats Waller. Viper Mad Lyrics: Just viper mad / Must have my fun / I'm never sad / It can't be done / The people are talking / But I don't care / I'm 21, far from done / I've just begun / Wrap your chops / ' Jazz trumpeter Jonah Jones performed the vocals on the first Stuff Smith recording. For over eighteen years The New Orleans Jazz Vipers have been an institution of Swing music on Frenchmen Street, the jazz mecca of New Orleans.The Jazz Vipers have been regarded by many as pioneers of the “Frenchmen Street Swing Renaissance.”. Dali and Buñuel would read Viper Jazz and say, 'Dude, that was the idea.' His last recordings... included "The Reefer Song," an ode to marijuana. "The gumshoes at the Bureau and the Army brass let that one slip right by them, but the guys in the barracks caught the drift, especially those stationed in the Philippines, where the weed was said to be excellent," Sloman writes. "Waller plied himself with a bottle of Vat-69 Scotch during each recording session, and the drunker he got, the more suggestive his songs became. Being offered a chance to leave for the United States, he met the greatest jazz musicians of the … In its early history the song was identified with Rosetta Howard's 1937 recording and sometimes still is. It comes from a music library called Associated Production Music. Taking stops by all the great American genres, from raucous rock & roll to shimmering jazz, country, blues and folk, this compilation on the Viper label plays out like the ultimate road trip mixtape, bringing together Robert Johnson, Howlin' Wolf, Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Woody Guthrie, Nat 'King' Cole and Jerry Lee Lewis to name but a few. "[13] The song has been covered by Dave Van Ronk, the Jim Kweskin Jug Band, Bobby Short, Wayne Kramer, Kermit Ruffins, Widespread Panic, Ekoostik Hookah, country musician Wayne Hancock, Alex Chilton, The Manhattan Transfer, Erin McKeown, and others. In the 1930s, viper songs celebrating the use of marijuana become the rage of the jazz world, including ‘Muggles’ (Louis Armstrong), “Sweet Marijuana Brown” (Benny Goodman), Viper Mad (Sydney Bechet), “That Funny Reefer Man” (Cab Calloway), “Viper’s Drag” (Fats Waller), or “Gimme a Pigfoot” (Bessie Smith). "[8], In response to Anslinger's calls for "swing band" arrests Waller decided to record "If You're a Viper," and included an intro that threw only the thinnest of veils over the song's subject. Their DIY uke-and-suitcase sound frames The Viper's well-crafted songs about love, theft, buildings, bus routes, life in the key of Bb, and the work of skiffle in an age of mechanical reproduction. View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the 2012 320 kbps File release of How Long on Discogs. Lt. George Robert Vincent, a sound engineer then working for the Armed Forces Radio Service, conceived the V-Disc program and convinced the army to put up $1 million for the effort. Songs and lyrics from ReverbNation Artist The Viper Kidz, Hip Hop music from Sidikalang, ID on ReverbNation Currently our catalog contains percussion solo and ensemble music, concert band and jazz combo from various writers. Stream ad-free or purchase CD's and MP3s now on Amazon.com. When he first got to the studio, he demanded a bottle of VAT-69, which is not hair tonic. But in 1943 Armed Forces Radio frequently invited jazz musicians to play for the troops overseas and made "V-Discs" ("Victory Discs") for distribution as a morale booster. The song was a hit for Smith[1] and is one of the most frequently covered songs about marijuana smoking in American popular music. I.e. Listen to Cleopatra and the Viper (feat. She is excited to return to Denton and become a new member of the Viper Band! History/Background. The song has been performed by Waller and countless other jazz artists, including Cab Calloway, who recorded a big band swing version of the tune on November 12, 1930 as song 10246-1 on the DOMINO label, … Fats Waller, who recorded the song in 1943 for a V-Disc session, closely followed the Howard arrangement, and his version, which has been commercially released numerous times since the 1950s, has kept the song in circulation. "[5], Smith's song was not the only one to refer to Viper culture in the 1930s. She has been teaching for over 15 years and taught middle school in both Denton ISD and more recently, Frisco ISD. Viper. [6], The song's lyrics also point to the way interest in jazz music and black culture more generally were slowly breaking down cultural barriers in early 20th century America. "[11] Duty, Honor, Applause, a book about US entertainers during WWII, also strongly implies that Viper did not make the cut. Shop viper sheet music, music books, music scores & more at Sheet Music Plus, the World's Largest Selection of Sheet Music. "Viper's Drag" was written as a dance tune for a ragtime dance called a slow drag, often shortened to "drag" by songwriters of the day. And he started playing the piano, and he was okay for a while. Edward Jablonski wrote that the term was inspired "by the hissing intake of smoke"[4] and Russel Cronin wrote, "Conjure the image of the hissing viper for a second: taking a swift, sly suck on a skinny little joint. They had created a self-contained culture, and squares like Anslinger were no match," Larry Sloman writes in Reefer madness: the history of marijuana in America. The jazz music that Abby plays right after Kate's funeral is called "The Viper". It was first recorded by Smith and his Onyx Club Boys in 1936 and released as the b-side to the song "After You've Gone". "The reefer cats were aware of their outcast status; in fact, they seemed to relish it. "[5] As Mezzrow later put it: "Some of our musician pals used to stick these hip phrases into their songs when they broadcast over the radio, because they knew we'd be huddled around the radio in the Barbeque and that was their way of saying hello to me and all the vipers. John Sinclair Radio Show 808: Crawfish Gumbo, THE SOUL LUCILLE SHOW 280 – EVERLASTING LOVE, BIG CITY BLUES CRUISE 034 – HIGH HEAD BLUES, SOUNDS OF BLUE 276 – WALKING WITH THE BLUES, BLUES EDITION 37 – MY HEART IS HANGIN’ HEAVY, BLUESTIME INTERNATIONAL 73 – DRINKING AND THINKING, FLY BY NIGHT 396 – MAYAN MAXIMUS ARKESTRA, JOHN SINCLAIR RADIO SHOW 893 – JUST BECAUSE, THE SOUL LUCILLE SHOW 279 – SLIPPERY WHEN WET, BIG CITY BLUES CRUISE 033 – ROCKING AFTER MIDNIGHT, SOUNDS OF BLUE 275 – WALKING WITH THE BLUES. The self-described "voluntary negro" moved to Harlem after prohibition ended, and in his early years there was known more for his drug-dealing than his playing. Score, Set of Parts. "Jazz legend Fats Waller recorded 22 songs for V-Discs, but only nine were deemed usable. [15] In Nathanael West's 1939 novel The Day of the Locust, the character Faye Greener sings the song while drunk. "Viper" was Harlem slang for a pot smoker at the time and the song has numerous marijuana references. Viper's Drag by World's Greatest Jazz Band. [16], Reefer madness: the history of marijuana in America, Duty, Honor, Applause: America's Entertainers in World War II, The Collected Autobiographies of Maya Angelou, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=If_You%27re_a_Viper&oldid=993716740, Wikipedia articles with MusicBrainz work identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 12 December 2020, at 02:49. Waller's track is also a small footnote in the story of Harry J. Anslinger's efforts to prosecute jazz musicians for smoking marijuana during World War II. These two factors left V-Discs with about six minutes per side (rather than the more typical 3–4 minutes), which gave musicians the ability to record an additional song, or play an extended take, or banter with their unseen audience. A small, but growing, educational music publisher. Winning a Gypsy music festival (in Strasbourg) at the age of twelve gave him the opportunity to tour in Germany and later on, to record his live performance on the double LP Route to Django. Though later recordings often render the first two lines of the song as Think about a reefer, 5 feet long/Not too heavy, not too strong both Smith's original recording and Fats Waller's more famous 1943 cut have the second line as Mighty Mezz, and not too strong. [14] The writer Maya Angelou recalled her mother, who did not smoke the stuff herself, often singing Viper as a way of pointing out the prevalence and acceptance of marijuana smoking in the "black ghetto" in the 1930s and 1940s. Waller decided to use the occasion as a way to reflect his puckish contempt for the man. Share. "If You're a Viper" (originally released under the title "You'se a Viper", and sometimes titled "If You'se a Viper") is a jazz song composed by Stuff Smith. 523 likes. Find information about "viper" listen to "viper" on AllMusic. Official sheet music for "Viper's Drag" (Fats Waller) for piano - PDF download, instant print & online streaming - ♪ audio samples (video) ♫ Key: D Minor ♬ Category: Jazz & Blues The song captures some of the slang and culture surrounding marijuana smoking in the US jazz scene in the 1920s and 1930s. by Radio Free Amsterdam Follow. Share. With infectious rhythm, spirited horns, and a diverse line-up of vocals, they are all that is swing and all that is New Orleans. Simic said, 'Like Ornette Coleman: Everything done so wrong, but sounding so right.' 1,000+ search results for viper "Hey, cats, it's four o'clock in the mornin'. Jazz Lunatique 226: Song Of The Vipers. Noel Jewkes)". Stream songs including "Cleopatra and the Viper (feat. World's Largest Sheet Music Selection. "If You're a Viper" (sometimes titled "If You'se a Viper") is a jazz song composed by Stuff Smith. 6 0. A 'viper' is a toker, which practically all jazz musicians were and the viper songs celebrated a new social hero: the dude who supplied the inspirational herb that made the rent parties go with a … Then he consumed the second bottle, and out of the 22 songs, we only used about 8 or 9 of them, because he got very sloppy and started using a few words you shouldn't use. Published by Distributed by The Wayfarer Partnership, LLC. James Tate Talking Blues Let it be known that flarf has existed since at least 1972. Everybody's here but the police, and they'll be here any minute. Viper Swing. on The Worlds Greatest Jazz Band Videos Close Queen - Greatest Hits (1) [1 hour long] New Orleans Jazz Band New Orleans Jazz Vipers - "Sister kate" Grand Dominion Jazz Band "Viper Mad" Tinashe - Company [10], Waller recorded a V-Disc a little over two-weeks after Anslinger vowed to go after pot-smoking musicians (he and others believed that some musicians were deliberately smoking marijuana to obtain "drug addict" deferments to avoid the draft). Styles "[12], A 2006 article in the Austin Chronicle about the history of American marijuana songs is titled "If You're a Viper" and refers to the eponymous tune as "the king of all pot songs. Check out Dixie Land: New Orleans Jazz by Paul Lenart and Billy Novick on Amazon Music. It's high time, so catch this song," Waller says. The "V-Disc" program began during a musicians strike that was leaving America's biggest stars idle, and the Army leaned on the musicians union to make an exception for the V-Discs, which they did. Here we are in Harlem. Gypsy jazz & string swing, based in Edinburgh http://www.viperswing.com Waller had a stride-piano piece of his own called "Viper's Drag" (earlier recorded in 1930 by Cab Calloway and His Orchestra) Sidney Bechet wrote and recorded "Viper Mad" and Fletcher Allen's "Viper's Dream" later gained a wide audience when it was recorded by Django Reinhardt in France. ... Jazz Ensemble - Intermediate - Digital Download Composed by Peter Petrack. Explore releases from the Viper's Nest label. A viper is a toker, which practically all jazz musicians were, and the viper songs celebrated a new social hero. Songs and lyrics from ReverbNation Artist Yung Viper, Rap music from Los Angeles, CA on ReverbNation Read about The Viper by Dixieland and see the artwork, lyrics and similar artists. It was first recorded by Smith and his Onyx Club Boys in 1936 and released as the b-side to the song "After You've Gone". This episode of Jazz Lunatique was produced by David Kunian for the Overnight Jazz program and originally broadcast on WWOZ-FM in New Orleans during the Louis Armstrong Festival in August 2001 in commemoration of Pops’ life-long devotion to marijuana … Noel Jewkes) - Single by Black Olive Jazz on Apple Music. Censors thought the other thirteen "too risque for young GI's ears,' wrote Gregory Spears in a December 23, 1990, article for the Houston Chronicle. If You're a Viper: The Great Excelsior Jazz Band: 1976: If You're a Viper: Kermit Ruffins: 1994: If You Are a Viper: Jever Mountain Boys: 1994: If You're a Viper (Blissful Mix) Exit-13 featuring Bliss Blood: 1996: If You's a Viper (Reefer Song) Bubblin' Toorop Trio: 1997: The Reefer Song: The Chazz Cats: 1998: You's a Viper: Alex Chilton: 1999: If You're a Viper [8], Strong evidence, however, suggests Sloman is wrong that the tune slipped past the censors and it seems likely the recording did not become public until after the war. "Ain't Misbehavin'" got pressed, but not "You're A Viper (The Reefer Song)," it says. "If You're a Viper" (originally released under the title "You'se a Viper", and sometimes titled "If You'se a Viper") is a jazz song composed by Stuff Smith. "Mighty Mezz" refers to Milton Mezzrow, a Jewish saxophone and clarinet player who became enamored with black American culture while playing in the speakeasies of prohibition-era Chicago. An article in Goldmine, a magazine for record collectors, says the army did not press the Viper recording for release to the troops. Whether on a festival stage or at an intimate cocktail reception, the band sets toes to tapping, hips to swaying, and hearts to singing. All shows edited and produced by John Sinclair and Steve Fly. [2] Howard slowed the song's tempo considerably, and rewrote significant portions of the vocal melody (for example, the line "bust your conk on peppermint candy"). Waller's 1943 recording of the song (titled "The Reefer Song" in its eventual release) was a subtle poke at Harry Anslinger, the first head of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, who had declared marijuana use by swing musicians a menace and had promised to prosecute. She has been nominated for "Teacher of the Year" by her peers, placed in the top 10 for the TMEA Honor Full Orchestra, and commissioned new music. [9] Due to the shellac shortage, the V-Discs were recorded on a new material, vinylite (a precursor to the vinyl that would become standard in the recording industry), that allowed for narrower grooves. Use the Writers link to the left to see a list of writers and their compositions. Discover what's missing in your discography and shop for Viper's Nest releases. It was first recorded by Smith and his Onyx Club Boys in 1936. I just left the V-Disc studio. The stronger Mexican marijuana that he introduced to the jazz scene in Harlem came to be known simply as "Mezz. 83 pages. powder, snow white powder High as a tower and ready to fall To the street like a viper (Like a viper) (Like a viper) (Like a viper) I write songs. 00:00 -59:04. The song was a hit for Smith[1] and is one of the most frequently covered songs about marijuana smoking in American popular music. That mellow Mexican leaf really started something in Harlem."[7]. The discs were also pressed at 12 inches rather than 10, the industry standard at the time. Viper Publications Welcome to the Viper Publications website. High Times magazine ranked Viper number 14 among the 25 Pot Songs of All Time in 2002. [8] During World War II it was harder to get American records pressed, because of a shellac shortage created by the war effort. 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