Dead Man Shake
Grandpaboy 2003 (Fat Possum)
MPLS | Do Right In Your Eyes | Vampires & Failures | No Matter What You Say | Take Out Some Insurance | Cleaning House | Natural Mean Lover | Get A Move On | Bad Boy Blues | Souvenirs | I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry | O.D. Blues | Dead Man Shake | What Kind Of Fool Am I?
In 2008, Paul was interviewed by Uncut magazine and shared his thoughts on each one of his records. This is what he had to say about DMS:
“The name is an assessment of how I felt about myself – like an old man, as far as rock’n’roll was concerned, a forgotten relic. Yet when I turned the amp up and played that guitar, I still got that joy I did when I was 15. So this was me trying to be a Link Wray figure –they think they’re playing rock’n’roll? I’ll show ’em rock’n’roll. I started medication – anti-depressants – at that time, and it lifted me and cranked me up. I felt like rockin’. I’d made my I’m-gonna-kill-myself record, that was end of that phase, and I found myself up all night, painting leather clothes with spray paint, making stuffed mannequins and doing all sorts of other things I used to do when I was young – that first hit of anti-depressants was like taking speed when I was a kid. Whenever I start altering garments, look out, ’cos I’m getting ready to rock. I know people look down on it, but I must tell you that for my mother, who is over 80, that’s her favourite record I’ve ever made.”
The album photos were taken by a fan during Paul’s 2002 tour, and the outfits on that tour also demonstrated the correlation between altered garments and ready to rock.