Having toured the UK with Fat White Family earlier in the summer, The Growlers' from California's Dana Point are back with their fourth album Chinese Fountain next Monday (15 September). To mark this return the band's Kyle Straka has made Q a Playlist of "Manly Songs". "We are manly men," he explains. "These are our manly songs for you girly boys. Feast on this and it may eventually help you grow manly muscles so one day you may be half as manly as the manliest man." Beats going to the gym...
Howlin' Wolf - Spoonful "All you little girly boys could use a spoonful of Howlin' Wolf's manly manness. Lets talk about his hands. Have you ever seen that manly man hold a harmonica? Hands so big it makes a harp look like a stick of gum."
Bo Diddley - Crackin Up "Bo Diddley is so manly he made up his own rhythm. He wrote this song in a small jail cell after tipping over a police car on a bender."
Bobby Darin - Mack The Knife "We were on special effects in Las Vegas and a beautiful woman threatened to leave us unless we guessed the singer of Mack The Knife. We guessed right."
Tom Jones - Sexbomb "Tom Jones is still slaying the ladies at a casino near you. Cha-ching. This is a solid sailer song."
Captain Beefheart - Lick My Decals Off "Beefheart can shatter glass by simply singing. He didn't care about success, just about blowing your mind. This song speaks for itself."
The Damned - So Messed Up "Scott [Montoya, The Growlers' drummer] loves this song and out of manly men, he is the manliest."
Elton Motello - Jet Boy, Jet Girl "This song is about a 15 year old boy and his gay experience openly talking about receiving falacio in the 70s. That takes balls. Hairy brains."
Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody "Nothing manlier than loving another man."
James Brown - Say It Loud: I'm Black And I'm Proud "James Brown wore a cape. Capes aren't manly but James Brown is."
The Novas - The Crusher "Do the eye gouge you turkey necks. Do The Crusher."
For more head to Thegrowlers.com.