A Song and a Story: “Hobo Humpin’ Slobo Babe” #AtoZChallenge


Today’s song and a story is a whale of a tale!  Literally, because this song is by a Swedish band called Whale, and it’s called:

Hobo Humpin’ Slobo Babe

Folks, take a gander at this bizarre music video.  If you weren’t alive in the 90s and want to know what the 90s were like, this video will show you.  Oh though, be warned, if you’re that young this song is probably not appropriate for you.

In the 1990s, I attended the College of William & Mary, and every semester I was at college (including the summer) I was a DJ at our college radio station, WCWM.  I dutifully spun the wax at my weekly show whether it was at 5am, midnight, lunch time, or even when no one was listening (this was not self-deprecation as I once did an entire show not realizing the transmiter was down).

I’ve documented earlier in a Song and a Story that I devoted a portion of my high school years to listening to classic rock exclusively and came late to what was then called “alternative” music.  My fellow DJs at WCWM did not make this mistake and were deeply knowledgable about bands and genres I’d never heard of.  The music I liked, they informed me, was too commercial or by artists who had “sold out.”  They were cool and I was not.

Typically, I tried to have a partner for a show as it was more fun to have company and someone to banter with on the air, as well as being able to split up selecting the music selection for better variety.  My junior year I had a show but no partner.  I became acquainted with a Freshman who hung out at the station named Heather, who absolutely oozed cool, but was that rare but lovely combination of cool and kind.  I still don’t know why someone this cool would want to associate with me, but we became friends.  And since seniority meant that I had a show and she didn’t, I invited her to be a partner on my show.

Which leads us to “Hobo Humpin’ Slobo Babe,” one of the very first songs she chose to play once she got behind the mixing board.  I was like “what is this?” And Heather just cranked it up, bopped her head, and said “This is awesome!”  Honestly, the joy this weird-ass song brought Heather made me like it despite myself.  So whenever I hear “Hobo Humpin’ Slobo Babe” I think of Heather and the day my radio show was slightly more cool.


2019 Blogging A to Z Challenge – A Song and a Story

A: Always on My Mind
B: Baby Come Back and Baker Street
C: Cheek to Cheek
D: Don’t Worry, Be Happy and Doctor Jones
E: Everyday Sunshine
F: Fly Me to the Moon
G: Ghost Town

If you want to read more, check out my previous Blogging A to Z Challenges:

And dig deep into Panorama of the Mountains, by checking out my:

And, if you like Doctor Who, I have a whole ‘nother blog where I review Doctor Who stories across media: Epic Mandates.

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