"Rubber Biscuit" was the first favorite song I ever had. I have a book that my parents had gotten for me when I was four years old. It's one of those books where the kid fills in the blanks about stuff they like. What's your favorite color? What do you want to be when you grow up? That kind of thing. In the section that says What is your favorite song? My answer was "Bow Bow Bow." That's what I first thought "Rubber Biscuit" was called at my youngest due to the chorus.
It was probably the fast pace and the gibberish lyrics that hooked me as a four year old, but there's still something pretty exciting about this song thirty seven years later. The band has this irrepressible energy that just exudes through the song. The vocals, while still gibberish, have a melody to them despite their rapid fire delivery that always gets me nodding along. I can't really explain it, there's just something magical about this song.
The B side on this 7" is "B Movie Box Car Blues." This wasn't one of my favorites off of Briefcase Full of Blues as a kid, but that's somewhat misleading as I've always loved every single song off that record. But what I can say is that "B Movie" has grown on me even more over the years. It's slinky lead guitar riff, story telling vocals and the up tempo instrumental outro are all something to behold. It's another perfect song in the Blues Brothers catalog.
Unfortunately this, my favorite Blues Brothers song, was never released in any country with a picture sleeve that I was able to find. I really wish one had been made as it feels a little naked in the collection without one. It's not alone, of course, and someday I hope it finds a more permanent home in the jukebox currently sitting in my garage that I'm not able to use right now.
The Blues Brothers - "Rubber Biscuit":
The Blues Brothers - "B Movie Box Car Blues":