“…The mesmerising section is the inside, third point, where the chaotic wind-churned tumult of the Roaring Forties gathers into a predictable rhythm and the offshore combs the wavefaces in killer form. If looks could kill, this would be the goofyfooter’s graveyard. As we later play back video clips of the session, John plays Booker T and the MG’s 1962 instrumental soul hit ‘Green Onions’. It fits the wave perfectly – twelve wave sets and twelve bar blues with rippling organ lines that describe the surfer’s path. The side wash is cat-like, stealthy, stacking up on you and sneaking past on the inside leaving you flapping like a beached fish, or like those damned logs.
Booker T and the MGs were the sitting house band for the legendary Stax record label in Memphis, Tennessee, and in Mayumba, Gabon, days and weeks blur into one long blues-infected groove as we are the resident houseband, taking turns to solo on deserted lefts, lunching on tinned sardines and crusty baguettes while camped out in the cramped bush. At night we toast Regabs and eat soft-boned river mullet, or bush meat, with rice or manioc, or maybe chicken raised on a diet of local trash and styrofoam. Only the shreds of green onions keep our nutrition alive, and the relentless surf at Green Onions keeps our spirits intact…”