Playin' Possum

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Playin' Possum
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Studio album by Moe Tucker
Released 1982
Recorded Trash Records, Phoenix, Arizona
Genre Alternative pop, Rock, Post-punk
Length 39:58
Label Trash Records,
Rough Trade
Producer Maureen Tucker
Moe Tucker chronology
Playin' Possum
Life in Exile After Abdication
(1989)Life in Exile After Abdication 1989

Playin' Possum is the 1982 debut solo album by Moe Tucker, who was the drummer in the Velvet Underground. The album includes a number of renditions of classic rock and roll songs, (such as the 1955 standard "Louie Louie", Bo Diddley's title song from his 1958 self-titled album and the Little Richard hit "Slippin' and Slidin'"), as well as renditions of more modern rock songs (including Bob Dylan's "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight" and The Velvet Underground's own "Heroin"). Tucker performs every instrument on the album and recorded it in her living room, dubbed "Trash Records".

Track listing[edit]

Side 1

  1. "Bo Diddley" (Ellas McDaniel) – 3:56
  2. "Heroin" (Lou Reed) – 8:49
  3. "Slippin' and Slidin'" (Richard Penniman, Edwin Bocage, Al Collins, James Smith) – 3:18
  4. "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight" (Bob Dylan) – 3:18

Side 2

  1. "Louie Louie" (Richard Berry) – 2:42
  2. "Slippin' and Slidin'" (Penniman, Bocage, Collins, Smith) – 4:30
  3. "Concerto in D Major" (Antonio Vivaldi) – 3:47
  4. "Around and Around" (Chuck Berry) – 3:42
  5. "Ellas" (Moe Tucker) – 6:01


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Release history[edit]

  • Trash TLP 1001 (Original vinyl LP release)
  • M.T.-1441 (white jacket German reissue)