Lil Johnson's 1936 musical raunch

On Saturday night, some friends and I visited a collector of rare 78s and he played this delightfully raunchy 1936 tune "Get 'Em From The Peanut Man (Hot Nuts)" by Lil Johnson. Another one of Lil's lovely ditties, also from 1936, is "Press My Button (Ring My Bell)" with the fine lyrics of "Come on baby, let's have some fun / Just put your hot dog in my bun." Lil Johnson on Amazon (Thanks, Dick!)


  1. The late and much lamented George Melly used to sing this, along with such sensitive ballads as Bessie Smith’s “Kitchen Man”:

    His frankfurter’s oh so sweet
    How I love his sausage meat
    I can’t do without my kitchen man

    How that man can open clams
    No-one else can touch my hams
    I can’t live without my kitchen man… 

    George Melly had a liking for picturesque euphemism: he used to enliven his concerts by explaining to audiences the meaning of terms such as “yodelling up the canyon”.

  2. Glad you brought up Bessie Smith. Two of my favorites: “I Need a Little Sugar in My Bowl” and “Take Me for a Buggy Ride.” Innuendo? I think yes.

  3. You can buy whole albums full of “risqué blues” numbers with titles like “Keep on churnin’ (till the butter comes)” and “Drill, daddy, drill”.

    As you may guess, these particular numbers do not celebrate American dairy farming and the oil industry, whatever the titles might suggest.

  4. How has no one here mentioned the Asylum Street Spankers in this thread!?  They covered all of these songs at one point or another.  Their renditions of “Shave em Dry” ( and “Hot Nuts” (otherwise knows as “The Scrotum Song – were some of the raunchiest things I have ever heard live.  The band is no longer together but you can still find their entire catalog on iTunes I believe.

  5. My favourite:
    Alberta Hunter, age 86 or so, singing “My Handy Man”

    “…sometimes he’s up, way before dawn, busy cleaning the rough edges of my front lawn…”

  6. Or one could look on

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