RIP IT UP * LITTLE RICHARD * LONDON 8336 * UK
Saturday night and I just got paid
I'm a fool about my money, don't try to save.
My heart says "go go, have a time"
These words were the gospel for many a working class hedonist in the nineteen fifties and sixties, although they had never herd anybody advocate it in the same irreverent and anarchistic way. We can only image what these sentiments and the music accompanying them must have sounded like to British ears at the time. Back then folk got their earnings in cash they didn't have mortgages, bank accounts or credit card debts, although they might have had a bit of hire purchase (the never-never). Little Richard's first release in Great Britain and with it he captured the post war feeling of many nations in the West with his slice of happy-go-lucky, high-living, intemperate, self-indulgent, pleasure seeking, wild and riotous singing.
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