Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Put A Tiger In Your Tank

In terms of falls from grace by iconic athletes, only OJ Simpson has got a number on Tiger Woods. Here at Rock Turtleneck, we will leave it to the tabloids, Tiger's people and Tiger himself to sort out the huge mess he's gotten himself into.

And we'll take solace in the mighty master of the blues, Muddy Waters, and his once-again-timely tune "Put a Tiger In Your Tank."

"Put a Tiger in Your Tank" was one of the highlights of Muddy's set at the 1960 Newport Folk Festival, released on LP as Muddy Waters at Newport 1960. This fantastic album also features perhaps his most famous performance of "Got My Mojo Workin'" and is an absolute must for any music lover's library.

The phrase "Put a Tiger in Your Tank" was not a Woods pickup line ala Warren Beatty's famous "What's New, Pussycat?" but the tagline for Esso, known today as Exxon, whose mascot was not a multicultural, chosen-one golf prodigy but an actual tiger.

While we ponder the ability of great words to adapt to the passage of time, and ponder if and when Tiger will get his golf mojo workin' again (I predict he takes a year off and then starts winning tournaments right away) dig Muddy and his great band TCBing "Put A Tiger in Your Tank." Maybe Tiger should pick up Live at Newport 1960; like Muddy, he's about to do some mighty hard travelin'.

RT Bonus clip: 2 year-old Tiger Woods and his dad Earl (good thing he's not here to see this) on the Mike Douglas Show:

Buy Live at Newport 1960 on iTunes here

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