Must check out Ruth Wallis, famous for her “party records” – regularly seized by customs and other authorities – in the 1940s and 50s. YouTube has a clip of her on tour in Australia, which has a museum in her memory, although she was a Yank. YouTube also has more than one drag-queen cover of her greatest hit, You Gotta Have Boobs.

Her songs made up an acclaimed off-Broadway hit called Boobs: The Musical, performed at various venues in the USA 2003-2005. Seeking film. Meanwhile, see for the lyrics, which start …

You’ve gotta have boobs/.If you want to impress/ Tycoons and rubes/

You need boobs to fill out a sweater/You need 2 but 3 might be better/(That’s one in the back for dancing)/Doot doot doot doot doot doot doot doot doot doot doot doot doo/

You’ve gotta be stacked/Hey, you gotta be grouped/Individually packed

Ruth is clearly essential for inclusion in my upcoming essay Classic Filth, for my blog strand on music at

Meanwhile, You Gotta Have Boobs would make a good party piece and that’s another angle to be explored later – taking in the words for Pub With No Beer and I Want To Marry A Lighthouse Keeper.

Another contender for Classic Filth, already discussed in my blog somewhere, is the song Pussy Pussy Pussy, originally by the Light Crust Doughboys. Can’t trace my previous essay offhand so I’ve just reposted it at

Also to be checked out is a George Clinton album, Hey Man Smell My Finger. It got a mention in a Clinton interview in the Guardian in which the great man claimed: “The music we did was the DNA for hip-hop.”

Interesting PS: George Clinton’s nomination for funkiest white band was The Average White Band.

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