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Crackin' Up

Written by Ellas McDaniel

Album This song officially appears on the Choba B CCCP Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1988
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

[“Crackin’ Up” is the opening song of “Go Bo Diddley“], the second album by rock and roll pioneer Bo Diddley, released in July 1959. The album was Bo’s first studio album and his first LP for Checker Records. The album was ranked #214 on The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time by Rolling Stone magazine. […]

Paul McCartney recorded “Crackin’ Up” in 1987 for inclusion on his Choba B CCCP album; from the liner notes:

Named after its Mississippi-born creator – singer/guitarist Bo Diddley – the ‘Diddley Beat’ is the most unique of all rock’s many blues-based rhythms. A highly distorted hard-edge mix of heavily amplified guitar and pounding jungle drums, the rhythm is said to have derived from both the trademarks’ knock and the barbershop term “shave and a haircut – six bits!”

Not only were Elvis’ early stage antics copied from Bo Diddley’s Apollo Theatre appearances but, together with Chuck Berry, it was Bo Diddley who defined the sound of such Swingin’ Sixties British Beat Groups as The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Yardbirds and Mick Green’s band The Pirates.

In the hands of McCartney and his musicians, this obscure B-side is transformed from underground status to a major league performance.

A soundcheck version of “Crackin’ Up” recording in 1990 was released on Tripping The Live Fantastic live album.

Last updated on September 4, 2016

Lyrics

You're always hollerin' ‘bout where I've been
You're always screamin' ‘bout the money I spend
You're buggin' me
Yeah yeah he's crackin' up
Yeah yeah he's crackin' up.

I do your laundry and your cooking too
But what more woman can a man like me do
You're buggin' me
Yeah yeah he's crackin' up
Yeah yeah he's crackin' up

You're always hollerin' ‘bout where I've been
You're always screamin' ‘bout the money I spend
You're buggin' me
Yeah yeah he's crackin' up
Yeah yeah he's crackin' up

I spoil you, woman, a long time ago
I used to cook you meals and bring them to your door
I'm all fed up
Yeah yeah he's crackin' up
You're buggin' me
Yeah yeah he's crackin' up

Officially appears on


Tripping The Live Fantastic

Official live • Released in 1990

0:50 • SoundcheckL1

Performed by:
Paul McCartneyLinda McCartneyRobbie McIntoshHamish StuartPaul WickensChris Whitten
Paul McCartney:
Producer
Eddie Klein:
Assistant engineer
Matt Butler:
Assistant engineer
Peter Henderson:
Producer
Bob Clearmountain:
Mixing engineer, Producer
Jeff Cohen:
Recording engineer
Geoff Foster:
Assistant engineer
Scott Hull:
Assistant engineer
George Cowan:
Assistant engineer
Paul Rushbrook:
Assistant engineer

Concert From the concert in Los Angeles, USA on Nov 23, 1989


Choba B CCCP

Official album • Released in 1991

3:55 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Guitar, Producer, Vocals
Mick Gallagher:
Piano
Peter Henderson:
Engineer
Nick Garvey:
Bass
Henry Spinetti:
Drums

Session Recording:
Jul 21, 1987
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
Jul 22, 1987
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


Choba B CCCP (2019 remaster)

Official album • Released in 2019

3:55 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Guitar, Producer, Vocals
Mick Gallagher:
Piano
Peter Henderson:
Engineer
Nick Garvey:
Bass
Henry Spinetti:
Drums
Alex Wharton:
Remastering

Session Recording:
Jul 21, 1987
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
Jul 22, 1987
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Bootlegs


Dome In Rehearsal

Unofficial live

5:12 • Soundcheck

Concert From the concert in Fukuoka, Japan on Nov 18, 1993


Sunset Soundcheck

Unofficial live

5:22 • Soundcheck

Concert From the concert in Milwaukee, USA on Jun 02, 1993


Lumpy Trousers

Unofficial live

4:06 • Soundcheck


It's Now Or Never (The Complete Russian Sessions)

Unofficial album • Released in 1990

3:48 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Guitar, Producer, Vocals
Mick Gallagher:
Piano
Peter Henderson:
Engineer
Nick Garvey:
Bass
Henry Spinetti:
Drums

Session Recording:
Jul 21, 1987
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
Jul 22, 1987
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


The Soundcheck Songs Vol. 2

Unofficial album • Released in 1997

4:06 • Soundcheck


Live performances

“Crackin' Up” has been played in 12 soundchecks.


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