Political Animal


April 02, 2013 8:08 AM Daylight Video

By Ed Kilgore

This is probably the first Stax record I ever owned: Otis Redding and Carla Thomas performing “Tramp” in 1967. “I’ll buy you mink, rat, frog, squirrel, whatever you want.”

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


  • MuddyLee on April 02, 2013 8:30 AM:


  • scott_m on April 02, 2013 8:59 AM:

    My favorite part:

    "Otis, you're country!"

    "That's all right."

    "You're straight from the Georgia woods!"

    "That's good!"

  • Patrick Star on April 02, 2013 9:54 AM:

    Great video! Thanks, Ed, made my day!

  • Frank on April 02, 2013 11:50 AM:

    When Otis was killed, that really was The Day the Music Died. What horns...

  • Epicurus on April 02, 2013 4:48 PM:

    "With yo bro-gan shoes, and overalls..." Love this song long time. Kudos to the poster above who enjoyed that little back and forth as much as I did. R.I.P. Otis, you're another we lost too soon.