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Sandy Nelson - A Drum Is A Woman c/w Dick Leslie's Boogie No. 5dotdotdotdot
artworkThis is the single that preceded Sandy Nelson's 1984 LP Hunk Of Drums. The A-side is the original issue of what became "Witch Hunt" following unfounded extremist complaints.
Picks: A Drum Is A Woman, Dick Leslie's Boogie No. 5

Track by Track Review


A Drum Is A Woman dotdotdotdot
Drum Rock (Instrumental)

This is a funny sorta song, with a playful edgy guitar line, and a relentless funky percussion and bass groove. Lead guitar on the track is played by Dennis Edmunton, the original lead guitarist with Canada's legendary Sparrow. Dennis left Sparrow over band direction disputes as they were becoming Steppenwolf. You may better know him as Mars Bonfire, the writer of "Born To Be Wild."

"A Drum Is A Woman" was pulled and reissued as "Witch Hunt" following protests from Southern California women's groups, who were offended because the title suggested beating women like a drum. Ironically, Sandy Nelson meant nothing of the sort. He meant by the title that drums should be treated with the same reverence and respect that women should be. He was dumbfounded by the furor, and reacted by retitling it accordingly.

The reissue features a distant guitar note and a Wolfman Jack voice (Frank Beeson) crying "Witch Hunt" dubbed over the opening in a kind of political statement about the attack its name had incurred. This was co-written by Mars Bonfire and producer Frank Beeson.

Dick Leslie's Boogie No. 5 dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a basic barrel house boogie. While it's quite fun and playful, and while the piano rolls like it's 1911, "Dick Leslie's Boogie No. 5" a.k.a. "Boogie #5 (You Might Get)" is not quite memorable.