Rock Blog: Jimi Hendrix - Voodoo Child

May 1, 2017

This Wednesday May 3rd marks 49 years since one the greatest songs in rock history was recorded. On this day in 1968, The Jimi Hendrix Experience stepped into The Record Plant in New York City, and Jimi taught Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell the song while they recorded it. One studio, one day, recorded live, and that’s the version that has lived on and on. Impossible by today's standards.

 

'Voodoo Child' is evil and mighty at the same time. The opening riff sounds like some sort of creepy crawler trying to work its way out of a wooden box underground. Kinda like the scene in Kill Bill 2, when Uma Thurman is buried alive by Michael Madsen, and somehow she scratches and kicks her way out. Thanks, Quentin Tarantino.

 

By time all three members of The Experience bust into the song, and then into the lyrics, it’s a commanding statement, like the ruler of the world has taken hold of the highest crest. “Well I stand up next to a mountain, and I chop it down with the edge of my hand”. It's powerful to say the least. Hulk Hogan used it for his theme song for about 10 years. Thanks, Hulkster.

 

The song went to #1 in England, sadly after Jimi’s death. Find it on Electric Ladyland. There are also quite a few cover versions. My favorite is from the late Stevie Ray Vaughan.

 

Jimi Hendrix stands as the greatest guitar player in history. There will never be anyone better. For my money this was his best studio moment.

 

“Cause I’m a Voodoo Child, Lord knows I’m a Voodoo Child”.

 

Dig.

 

Sergeant Hairclub AKA Dave Richards