Flamin’ Groovies – Whiskey Woman

This band was never huge but should have been. They were many things…a blues rock band and then blossomed into a great power-pop band. This song is during their blues/rock period.

It is off of their album Teenage Head. Years later a band in Canada were influenced by the Flaming Groovies…a band named after this album… Teenage Head. This album and Sticky Fingers by the Stones were released within weeks of each other. Mick Jagger reportedly noticed the similarities between the Groovies Teenage Head album … and thought the Flamin’ Groovies did the better take on the theme of classic blues and rock ‘n roll revisited in a modern context.

It’s a mid-tempo song  but when the vocal hits we have a hint of Sun Records slap back and I love it. Lead singer Roy Loney left the band just three weeks after Teenage Head was released. Some critics hold it up to  Sticky Fingers.

By the end of the sixties they clashed over where to go. Loney was more Stones and Cyril Jordon leaned toward the Beatles. Loney left in 1971 and they got an 18 year old lead singer named Chris Wilson and the power pop era began.

Whiskey Woman

I’ve been hungry all day long
For that girl whose wastin’ time
She was here but now she’s gone
I’ve got a taste for wine

Whiskey woman, why can’t you
See the hell you put me through?
We are tears dressed in blue

As I sit and write this song
You’re the one thing on my mind
We’ve been lovers far too long
The good times were passin by

Whiskey woman, I feel good
Locked me in her womanhood
Like I always knew she would

Yeah

Whiskey woman, I want you
Whiskey woman, I want you
Whiskey woman, I want you

Come on, come on
I want you
I want you
I want you

Where is the woman
Where are you
Where, where are you?
I want you
I want you, yeah

I want you
I want you
Where are you?

Where are you
Where are you
Oh, where are you?

Author: Badfinger (Max)

Power Pop fan, Baseball fan, old movie and tv show fan... and a songwriter, bass and guitar player.

12 thoughts on “Flamin’ Groovies – Whiskey Woman”

  1. The begining part of this song reminded me of Knocking On Heaven’s Door, maybe just the pace it was played at. I think that if you don’t have a well established fan base, that you should not switch the style of your music.

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  2. that’s rather a good one… it reminds me a bit of some mid-’70s John Lennon. I never knew where Teenage Head pulled their name from… I would have guessed their own imagination, so I learned something today!

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