When you talk about me,
say that I’m mean
Wanda Jackson IS Oklahoma City, she is a legend here , the Queen of Rockabilly, sometimes called the Lady Chuck Berry.
A self-professed hard-headed woman, hard-living and hard-drinking, writing and playing her own songs, a guitar wizard, doing exactly what she wants and forget anyone else, in 1955, unbelievable. I cannot imagine anyone listening to her and not at the very least being impressed with Wanda’s force of spirit, I’ve also heard her referred to as “The Party”.
Mean Mean Man was the first song of her’s I heard, thanks to this version by Vancouver’s Maow, featuring (at the time Emily Carr student) Neko Case on drums and vocals, it’s still my favourite Wanda song.
Wanda is also one of the last of the first generation Rock and Roll stars who are still around, 80 years old and still recording and touring, this is her latest, a kickass cover of Bob Dylan’s ‘Thunder on the Mountain’ recorded with Jack White in Nashville. Wanda has the awesome audacity to change Bob’s lyrics too, switching the verse about chasing Alicia Keys all over Tennessee to chasing Jerry Lee Lewis all over Tennessee.
I’m wondering where in the world could Jerry Lee be
I been looking for him, clear through Tennessee