Album no. 5/1001
Fats was good, he could play piano and sing, and in all the videos of him he looks like he’s having the best time ever.
Fats Domino, not to be confused with Minnesota Fats, was not really that fat! Who knew? He’s just starting to bring the blues over to the mainstream on this, but it seems pretty restrained.
Fats’ first hit was ‘Ain’t That A Shame’ (not on this album), which Pat Boone covered and scored a much bigger hit with, even though his version is awful. People in 1956 were idiots. There’s a reason you’re not on this list, Pat Boone.
Have you listened to this album before?
NK: Not the whole album. Fats used to come up on saturday night jukebox on drives home when I was a kid. ‘Ain’t That A Shame’ and ‘Blueberry Hill’, but that’s about all I know.
CL: I have not. I have a vague recollection of learning about him in Year 8 Music, but I think the only reason it stuck in my head is because he called himself Fats. Like, yeah he was a little tubby, but why make that your calling card?
NK: ‘Blueberry Hill’. I think it’s still the best track here. ‘Honey Chile’ is the runner up. The album is pretty consistent, but it also gets a little bit samey.
CL: The album is incredibly samey! I thought I was listening to the same song on repeat a number of times. If I had to choose one (which I obviously do) it would probably be ‘Blueberry Hill’ as well. The stupid line gets stuck in my head.
When would be the best time to listen to this?
NK: Great background music when you’re setting up for a party, before anybody arrives. Or when you’re a time traveller sitting in the back of a car being driven to Philadelphia by a woman you’ve kidnapped.
CL: Eating a very large meal. Then feeling sorry for yourself. Then feeling better because at least you’re not as fat as Fats. (He probably wasn’t actually that fat by today’s standards).
Why has this album been included on the list?
NK: The blues jams, the call and response stuff, Fats is pretty rockin’, the piano is great, it’s bright and upbeat all the way through. Why not.
CL: To encourage larger men to enter the music industry? I really don’t know.
Will you be listening again?
NK: Doubtful, but we’ll see. There’s more interesting stuff down the road, sorry Fats.
Out of context youtube comment