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Claude Hay - Deep Fried Satisfied

Self Release


Australian Claude Hay brings the one- man band into the present. This is blues in as much as his main accompaniment is slashing slide guitar and many of the songs are about his personal concerns and problems. He reflects on problems of our current times, which is what blues has always done. The music here owes more to The White Stripes, The Black Keys and Ellen Mcllwaine than the blues. At least on record what he does is play all instruments with overdubbing. He doesn’t use the guitar-foot percussion approach usually associated with one-man bands. The execution and production is such that it’s seamless. If I didn’t know any better I would think he’s backed by different capable musicians, although most of the backup sounds are percussion. The slithering slide and subject matter lend a freshness to this recording.

His concerns are of a personal nature. “I hear a pizza calling” is the refrain heard in “Get Me Some” about his addiction to New York City pizza that he underscores with jumpy acoustic slide. It’s a breezy tune that includes a Parliament-Funkadelic outro with ‘chinky guitar’ and funky thumped bass. He professes his love for junk food in “Deep Fried Satisfied”. “Heading Home” at first sounds like a longing for his lady, but turns out to be about missing his cat back home. Dissatisfaction with consumerism is expressed in “How Can You Live With Yourself’ and “Don’t Give Me That”. In the former he berates the manufacturer of his bum computer printer. He exclaims “Don’t give me that s**t” on the ladder to an unscrupulous used car salesman, like there was any other kind. “On Hold” is a rant against those crazy machines that torment our daily lives by keeping us in phone limbo. Claude comes off as a loony R.L. Burnside on his remake of Queen’s “We Will Rock You” that features speed-freak slide guitar. His late mother is lamented on the chant-like “Miss You So”.

“Don’t Forget” and many of the others could easily be mistaken for tracks from The Black Keys or The White Stripes. Middle Eastern flourishes adorn parts of some songs. Sitar is listed in the liner notes, but I’m hard-pressed to identify it. My ears hear either electric or acoustic slide guitar. My guess is that what I perceive as acoustic guitar is a treated sitar. This cd won’t have much appeal to blues purists, but music lovers and fans of alternative rock will find much to like here in this brave and original offering. Eccentricity is a grand elixir for the soul.

Reviewer Greg “Bluesdog” Szalony is from the New Jersey Delta. He is the proprietor of Bluesdog’s Doghouse at

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