It is taking longer than expected to fetch the next song to play. The music should be playing soon. If you get tired of waiting, you can try reloading your browser.


Please check our Help page for information about troubleshooting Pandora on your browser.
Your Pandora One subscription will expire shortly.
close
Your Pandora One trial subscription will expire shortly. Upgrade to continue unlimited, ad-free listening.
You've listened to hours of Pandora this month. Consider upgrading to Pandora One.
Close
Hi . Pandora is using Facebook to personalize your experience. Learn MoreNo Thanks
-0:00
0:00
Change Skin

We created Pandora to put the Music Genome Project directly in your hands

It’s a new kind of radio –
stations that play only music you like

 
Create an account for free. Register
Now Playing
Music Feed
My Profile
Create a Station
People who also like this

Root Boy Slim

Latter-day satiric genius or obnoxious fat guy? You be the judge. Suffice it to say that Slim was a glitch in the great rock & roll electrocardiogram, but his sophomoric, blues-based mayhem (played by the Sex Change Band) was sometimes funny, even when it was obvious and contrived. ~ John Dougan, Rovi
full bio

Comments

kcpeacenik
In the early 80s I lived in a big group party house with my then-bf and a bunch of stoners. We all worked in the auto parts and repair industry, a great place of work for the party animals of the day. There was a guy who lived in our house, a machinist with long blond hair named Jimmy but we all called him Dude, who was a hardcore Root Boy groupie and went to all his shows. We even had a cat named Root Boy Slim. True story.
jgoldstein29 4
ROOT!!!!-He was the real deal. I grew up in Silver Spring. Used see him at patties and the bodega on Piney Branch. Best Root show was at the national smoke in on the mall in DC. 1979 I think. Tens of thousands of people, Lincoln Memorial behind him. Free joints and wild turkey. The best show with the full band. I was 16
I saw Root in Albany NY, he was so coked up that he fell into the drums and wiped them out.....God those were the days.....RIP ROOT!!!!
bnhharris
Md Monster saw Root Boy Slim And the Night Hawks at Ritchi Colosseum in the early eightys great show. great time
...had a sweatshirt airbushed with Dog Secrets cover.....wa s my fav...
Tried to see him every time he visited the Double Door, fantastic, crazy show every time. ALMOST irreverent, but just almost.....M i s s him, but still have the vinyl(signed ) . Will keep forever..... . . R I P . . . . b o o g i e , boogie, boogie 'til you puke....
I just wanted to add, RIP Rootboy.
As I doze and drool, looking over at my girl (she's 16, I am 32, not too old for you) and being, as I am, rich, white and republican and ready to boogie til I puke, I take exception to this reviewer categorizing the late, great Root Boy Slim as an obnoxious fat guy. This says more about you than Root Boy, and shows that you perhaps missed the joke.
This relatively unknown genius deserves a bit more research and a bit more respect for his body of work, and CERTAINLY more than one paragraph.
dukehutch
Wherever you are Root Boy, Boogie til ya Puke!
rudwung
I went thru college listening to Root, may he RIP. Calling him a fat man is rude and lewd. He was an artist. May his memory live on 4Ever.
Pandora, please, please, please, add more RBS music ! ! ! ! Please and thank you!
Saw him many times in Waldorf Great show every time Miss those DAZE!!
I think the Zoom album is the best by my reckoning. Dare To Be Fat, Motel of Love, Loneliest Man in the World, and the previously mentioned WWIII are wonderfully crafted if a bit warped songs. Glad someone mentioned Bob Greenlee and Ernie. Great folks. Sorry I never saw him perform live.
Didn't he play and the HMC park early 70's
kevinkraut
Nobody is mentioning WWIII....abs o l u t e l y the best!!!
Bassist Bob Greenlee went back to Sanford Florida and opened a recording studio and his own label - Kingsnake Records. He, along with Ernie Lancaster, formed the Midnight Creepers. Greenlee was instrumental in recording many old blues artists in his small Florida studio, 20 miles north of Orlando.
janas_02476
I saw Root Boy and the Sex Change Band back in 1978 at the Paradise in Boston when they were touring for the first album (which I still proudly own). I'm Not Too Old For You is still a classic. Until recently I was unaware there was more Root Boy on vinyl and CD to hear... so it is like discovering them all over again.
I ain't no King Farouk.
Perhaps i should have said under appreciated for that is what i truly meant. These groups were Super Stars that most outside of DC never saw or heard.
So young, so hip, so lame... The DC scene was beyond what anyone outside of DC could have ever imagined. I'm happy to have been part of that un-appreciat e d music scene. With groups like the Nighthawks, Rosslyn Mtn. Boys, Grin, Danny Gatton, the Slickee Boys, the Razz, and of course Root Boy Slim and the Sex Change Band to name only a few.
alientagteam
this is not the one disc i would have selected
re: DC music scene back in the 70's - it was amazing. Thank you WHFS. Whatever happened to good radio??? (Crap, I really am getting old)
swimming_wol f - had the same experience at the Cellar Door. Root decided to pick on the wife of one of my buddies and totally grossed her out, much to the delight of several of us. He was smoking grass and was a mess...but a fun mess. The Rootettes and Sex Change Band were terrific. Boogie Till You Puke, Dare to Be Fat - classics!
There is a lot of Root Boy music that hasn't been playing here on Pandora...Th i s may be said for other artists. Can we make suggestions?
swimming_wol f
Saw him at The Childe Harold in DC way back when. Sat up front, and he sang Not Too Old For You to a woman at our table. GREAT!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
hineskmae
ROOT!!!
jewl35
More Root Boy; what's up Pandora?
Aw c'mon! You've got to include more Root Boy albums. Especially with the Sex Change Band!
ROOT!
kennyg08
Miss the Root.
zapmc
For everyone seeking more Root Boy... suggest-musi c @ p a n d o r a . c o m

Rich, White, Republican. Liquor Store Holdup in Space. So Young, So Hip, So Lame. We need them.
Let's not forget The Rootetts!
I miss Root Boy Slim. I wonder what happened to the Sex Change Band after Root Boy passed away?
He was always great live (no pun intended); but the time he played the Takoma Tap Room in Takoma Park, MD. was... for lack of a better word, AMAZING!
Being somebody who was around when DC was a musical mecca. Having a chance to see Rootboy was a show beyond shows. Miss the .....simple fun.
Loved root, enjoyed him in CP and partied with him down here at the Stardust in Waldorf,till our wig fell off, hand my toupee to me so I can piss on the pentagon!
annemholte
More ROOT! More ROOT! More ROOT! More ROOT! More ROOT!

* Root Boy Slim and the Sex Change Band with the Rootettes (Warner Bros. Records, 1978)
* Zoom (IRS Records 1979)
* Dog Secrets (Congression a l Records, 1983)
* Don't Let This Happen to You (Kingsnake, 1987)
* Left for Dead (Kingsnake, 1987)
* Root 6 (Ichiban, 1990)
annemholte
Boogie 'Til You Puke! Loved seeing Root in the Back Room in College Park, MD...those were the days...or daze...or both!
zapmc
I'm baffled... Echo and the Bunnymen is coming up as a similar artist?!? Some great write ups on Root Boy via Google. Good times in the DC scene.
scooby3248
Seeing Root Boy live at Kaywood Theatre in Mt Rainier; wow! He used to sleep in the parking lot in College Park near University Boutique before a gig. He was a classic.
susanmarsh47
Dare To Be Fat? I Used To Be A Radical? Mood Ring? Boogie Till Ya Puke? Where are his other works of genius? Please locate them. :D
john89852
Why is there none of their other work available on Pandora? Although Root 6 is a CD I did not know about. It seems that "Rich, White, Republican" might still be a topical song 20 years later and "Christmas at K-Mart" should be available for the holidays.
Also got to see RBS at the Psychedeli back in the 70's. RBS&TSCB put on some of the best, highest energy shows ever. Not a date night band, but made beer drinking with the boys an attractive alternative.
Never got to see Root Boy Slim, but heard from friends older brothers that his shows were not to be missed. RIP Root Boy Slim.
dbrown932
Root Boy was never properly captured in the studio. An absolutely fantastic live show. I believe the band did issue a live album on vinyl. If anyone has any information on that live disc, please post it.
I used to see Root Boy with his Sex Change Band playing live at the Psychedeli in Bethesda. "In Jail in Jacksonville " , "Country Love", and of course "Boogie till you Puke" were all great...and he put on a wild show live. Crazy days back in the '70's in the DC club scene. Some of us survived, and some didn't.
No one has left a comment about RBS since last year? Unfortunatel y for him, he was the real deal, and lived (and died) like one of his songs.
Gotta love that ole famous motel of love!!!
His music was a little out there but his band was fairly decent. ''Having a ball with colesteral" or not his first 2 albums ( cant remember the names but I have them on vinyl ) I thought were great cranked up. RIP ROOT BOY !!
Who can forget "Dozin and Droolin', Making the Scene on Thorazine, Boogie til You Puke, or Your sixteen, I'm 32, I'm not too old for you?" Not sure they can even be found anymore, but these song titles alone make you wonder why Root Boy didn't make a bit bigger splash, obnoxious fat guy or not!

We're sorry, but a browser plugin or firewall may be preventing Pandora from loading.

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please upgrade to a more current browser.

Please check our Help page for more information.

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please upgrade to a more current browser
or install a newer version of Flash (v.10 or later).

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please install Adobe Flash (v.10 or later).

[83, 79, 96, 122, 119, 67, 102, 71, 83, 75, 83, 103, 71, 116, 104, 107, 99, 73, 100, 71, 72, 95, 120, 85, 91, 73, 111, 69, 107, 68, 124, 101, 120, 111, 105, 75, 94, 96, 67, 85, 121, 88, 90, 124, 76, 120, 74, 82, 106, 113, 105, 87, 119, 120, 88, 114, 116, 95, 89, 66, 73, 120, 109, 73, 120, 72, 81, 113, 75, 101, 69, 120, 67, 95, 92, 113, 74, 79, 113, 98, 103, 93, 85, 115, 64, 73, 74, 80, 99, 124, 119, 95, 80, 119, 91, 122, 114, 103, 70, 103, 118, 76, 70, 84, 119, 84, 127, 95, 89, 81, 101, 77, 79, 92, 91, 70, 74, 126, 120, 83, 127, 92, 84, 94, 95, 94, 66, 110, 70, 73, 71, 120, 121, 114, 86, 101, 96, 84, 124, 69, 121, 91, 122, 80, 110, 107, 125, 87, 98, 87, 109, 124, 119, 116, 106, 119, 93, 122, 80, 79, 64, 116, 74, 65, 97, 66, 110, 111, 71, 71, 111, 90, 71, 121, 109, 67, 109, 99, 80, 82, 114, 121, 125, 85, 83, 112, 93, 119, 121, 113, 102, 120, 126, 96, 101, 109, 126, 91, 71, 70, 119, 111, 116, 73, 127, 121, 97, 105, 100, 65, 73, 94, 66, 88, 81, 123, 71, 67, 66, 73, 120, 99, 98, 126, 125, 82, 79, 79, 106, 98, 106, 71, 120, 92, 104, 65, 118, 71, 107, 86, 108, 117, 68, 112, 118, 79, 76, 115, 75, 93, 93, 97, 90, 116, 123, 99, 107, 126, 102, 72, 72, 78, 114, 109, 70, 73, 111, 95, 93, 124, 79, 92, 124, 76, 73, 94, 103, 84, 98, 99, 82, 102, 127, 92, 74, 125, 84, 89, 93, 98, 80, 70, 116, 91, 126, 89, 67, 96, 101, 106, 118, 115, 120, 75, 121, 91, 80, 118, 111, 81, 127, 74, 110, 94, 74, 64, 93, 108, 118, 114, 75, 104, 88, 69, 124, 70, 86, 103, 108, 98, 77, 121, 89, 67, 107, 117, 101, 70, 72, 87, 84, 95, 101, 106, 99, 76, 89, 108, 107, 80, 116, 90, 105, 127, 109, 118, 127, 100, 70, 70, 64, 122, 112, 97, 112, 85, 118, 81, 119, 76, 81, 68, 98, 107, 84, 107, 105, 74, 91, 101, 103, 74, 118, 71, 81, 124, 97, 95, 82, 126, 97, 92, 109, 121, 123, 70, 117, 84, 81, 80, 78, 106, 64, 68, 102, 112, 107, 104, 82, 98, 126, 98, 96, 118, 123, 108, 66, 110, 124, 104, 81, 85, 72, 96, 113, 111, 72, 64, 111, 112, 77, 97, 82, 71, 91, 120, 94, 106, 90, 66, 100, 78, 86, 104, 114, 108, 110, 92, 114, 66, 93, 92, 120, 97, 75, 77, 64, 124, 103, 96, 119, 81, 97, 93, 115, 121, 83, 123, 126, 81, 70, 91, 89, 124, 93, 98, 106, 67, 64, 66, 121, 85, 105, 85, 97, 126, 87, 74, 91, 118, 83, 69, 111, 73, 74, 101, 83, 73, 127, 123, 115, 82, 126, 75, 85, 125, 96, 90, 93, 106, 87, 121]