Yep-Roc-Heresy

Episode Air Date: September 16, 2016
Artist: Slim Gaillard
Recording Title: Yep-Roc-Heresy

There’s not a word in the English language to describe how cool Slim Gaillard was. But maybe there is in “Vout”, the language he invented.

Slim Gaillard was an eccentric jazz musician and cult favorite. He teamed with bassist Slam Stewart to form Slim and Slam. He was well-known for injecting humor into the duo’s high-energy performances, as well as the language…of sorts…that he invented.  Half hipster slang, half nonsense, Vout words comprised many of Slim’s songs, including this one. You’re listening to Slim and Slam with Yep-Roc-Heresy in 1945.

Jack Kerouac made mention of Gaillard, and Vout, in his hallmark On the Road. He mentions Slim saying “right-a-rooni” and asking for more “bourbon-arooni”, which, for the unversed, is classic vout-speak.

But see for yourself. We’ve got a whole Vout dictionary right here.

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4 Responses to “Yep-Roc-Heresy”

  1. Trevor Lee Lamb
    October 30, 2014 at 11:34 #

    It seems as if you are misleading people to believe that Middle Eastern food is part of Vout. I also question your pronunciation of Gaillard. What was the motivation behind this story?

  2. James O'Connor
    October 30, 2014 at 11:43 #

    Hi Trevor,
    Thanks for reaching out. I’ll tell you what…I think you’re right about the pronunciation. We’ll make a change. Thanks for the note…can I credit your helpful correction on our Facebook page?
    Can you explain a bit more about your Middle Eastern food confusion, when you have a moment?
    Thanks again for the feedback.
    Jim

  3. James O'Connor
    October 30, 2014 at 11:47 #

    I think I see your point. That many of the words in the song were taken from a menu and are not part of the Vout lexicon, strictly-speaking? If so, point taken and appreciated.
    If not, I’d love to hear it.
    Thanks again.
    Jim

  4. Trevor Lee Lamb
    October 30, 2014 at 12:44 #

    Official Response: “I think I see your point. That many of the words in the song were taken from a menu and are not part of the Vout lexicon, strictly-speaking? If so, point taken and appreciated.”

    Trevor Lee Lamb: “Thanks for understanding”

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