Maryland rockers Clutch have released “How To Shake Hands”, the second single from their upcoming album, “Book Of Bad Decisions”, as an instant-gratification track at iTunes and Amazon.
In addition, a very limited seven-inch picture disc in a transparent PVC pocket has been made available. “How To Shake Hands” is on the blue side and “Gimme The Keys” on the reverse, green side.
“How To Shake Hands” traces its lineage back to Ry Cooder and John Lee Hooker via the song “John Lee Hooker For President”. In that song, Ry Cooder impersonates JLH giving a stump speech on what will happen when he becomes president. Clutch’s original idea of covering the Ry Cooder song was soon abandoned as vocalist Neil Fallon said he couldn’t do the song justice. Instead, Neil put his own lyrics in the style of Ry Cooder/JLH to a new Clutch song which ended up becoming the fast-paced “How to Shake Hands”.