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Dave Alvin remembers Butler and Red Devils

Posted in bill bateman, lester butler, red devils with tags , , , , , , on December 6, 2013 by J.J.

Dave Alvin posted his thoughts to Facebook Dec. 4:

Got to thinking today about the late, talented Lester Butler and the short lived but tough little blues outfit, The Red Devils, so I found a good clip of the guys playing some European festival over a decade ago. Yeah, that’s Blaster Bill Bateman on drums and Knitter Johnny Ray Bartel on bass backing up Lester as he blows the hell out of his harp. In those days they battled their demons while dancing damn close to the edge but for a few shining hours they played some great damn rocking blues. I’m glad some film remains of Lester and the guys before things ended as ugly and sad as anything could.

Alvin, of course, is essential to The Red Devils, basically a spin-off band to The Blasters. Dave Alvin played in the original Blue Shadows trio with Bill Bateman and Jonny Ray Bartel, and teams still with Bartel in The Knitters.

As of this writing, the post has 422 likes, 64 comments and 86 shares.

And he posted this video, from PinkPop, more than 20 years ago:

Lyrics: “The Backstreet Crawler” (“Time to Cry”) at Pinkpop 1993

Posted in red devils with tags , , , , , , on May 5, 2010 by J.J.

Alternately called “Time to Cry” or “Your Turn to Cry” by fans, this Red Devils boogie at Pinkpop 1993 is actually titled “The Backstreet Crawler” on its only official release on the “Blackwater Roll” EP.

The lyrics of the song are just as confusing as the title. The Pinkpop lyrics are different than the “Blackwater Roll” version are different than the “2 Meter Sessies” version. Basically, Lester Butler just sang whatever he felt at the moment, and the meaning of the song changes from performance to performance.

After careful consideration, looking at context and related lyrics, these are nofightin.com’s lyrics for “The Backstreet Crawler” as performed at Pinkpop 1993. We plan to transcribe the lyrics to other prominent versions of this tune in the future. (More after the jump …)


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nofightin.com on YouTube

Posted in red devils with tags , , , , , , , on August 18, 2009 by J.J.

For those who haven’t seen it on the righthand side of the page, nofightin.com is now on YouTube as nofightindotcom.

Right now, we’ve gathered some of the best Red Devils, 13 and Lester Butler clips in easy-to-use playlists, so you can hear things like Pinkpop all in one sitting (and in the right order). If we have time, we’ll try to upload some of our own personal videos, and collect up some other Devils-related music. And if any fans have videos they’d like us to upload to nofightindotcom, or found some vids we haven’t seen, please let us know.

You can find more about some of these videos here on nofightin.com, including reviews, background info and more.

“I was Wrong” Lyrics

Posted in red devils with tags , , on August 5, 2009 by automatic32

Contained in this post are the lyrics to the song credited incorrectly as “Who Do You Love” on the Pinkpop video footage. It has been unofficially renamed “I was Wrong,” taking its name from the phrase most often repeated in the chorus by Lester Butler. The lyrics are similar to and seem to have been lifted in part from the Magic Sam tune “You Were Wrong,” while the music sounds as if it was borrowed from a different Magic Sam song called “Backstroke.” At any rate, if you’re listening to the Pinkpop performance, these are the lyrics.

(extended guitar intro)

I’ve been wrong, baby, I been so wrong, baby
I been wrong, baby, I been so wrong, girl
I been wrong, I been wrong, I been wrong
Shouldn’t of stayed away too long

Kiss me, baby, momma hold me tight
Kiss me, baby, momma hold me tight
Can’t wait another minute
Can’t wait another night

(guitar solo)

Oh yeah, baby – I feel all right
Say yeah, baby, momma feels all right
Can’t wait another minute, won’t wait another night

(harp solo)

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