‘THE JOINT IS JUMPIN’–A FATS WALLER SOUNDIE

Here’s another Fats Waller short made for jukebox consumption in 1941 (see yesterday’s post for ‘Your Feets Too Big’). ‘The Joint Is Jumpin’, written by Waller, Andy Razaf and J.C.Johnson, is another of his hit novelty numbers and it’s given a rowdy treatment in this dramatization of what a Harlem rent party might have looked like. The Gin (and Bennies?) are clearly flowing at this party, as the song is taken at way too fast a tempo to be enjoyable or even comprehensible. Still, the film gives us a wonderful view of Fats and his band, as well as a multi-racial New York city police department who show up at the end–the white cop seems to get in the groove along with the other party-hounds. Click here for the classic 1937 recording of the song, which is a much better representation of the songs humor and swinging vibe.

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