Who gives a shit what one white kid thinks?
Want to make a party mix, with three sides:
side 1, Dinner
side 2, Dance
side 3, Drunk.
I made a rough draft of side two:
The Gap Band – Burn rubber
Diana Ross – I’m Coming Out
Daft Punk – One More Time
Michael Jackson – Rock With You
Justin Timberlake – Rock Your Body
Junior Senior – Can I Get Get Get
Kool & the Gang – Jungle Boogie
De La Soul – Me Myself and I
Mary J. Blige – Family Affair
Funkadelic – You And Your Folks
Tribe Called Quest (feat. Leaders of the New School) – Scenario
Beasties – Body Movin’
Indeep – Last Night a DJ Saved My Life
Deee-Lite – Groove Is In The Heart
Anita Ward – Ring My Bell, the 12″ version, edited down to about five minutes (from 9) and I probly should a cut it more
Michael Jackson – P.Y.T.
Marvin Gaye – Got To Give It Up
(Not sure why but I’ve been hearing about this record a lot lately. That’s cool cuz it’s a great jam.)
Etta James & Sugar Pie DeSanto – Down In The Basement
The 45 King – The 900 Number
This is the first time I’ve ever made a mix specificly for dancing. I wanted it to be 100% stuff evrybody would be pumped about—all classics, basicly, but not too boring. “Jungle Boogie” skirts that line. “Rock Your Body” too. I’ve always liked ”Ring My Bell“ but it’s probly the weakest record on here, and I’m unsure about the transition from that to PYT. If I do it right I spose it’ll work. I blended “One More Time” with “I’m Coming Out”, slowing the beat down and fading it up gradually. I’m on the fence about how well that works. The beats match up perfectly tho. (Pretty easy to do with, y’kno, a computer.) I’ll play with the levels when I make the real version. This is just an offline mix, from dodgy sources. If it’s a good crowd, the last cut will have evrybody doing the Ed Lover dance, and that’ll be a great segue to side 3.
Went to see me friend @JaredParker, first time in 4 years, made a mix ceedee for the occasion. When we were wee lads, I made two mix tapes for Jared Parker. The first was called GOOD STUFF (CAN’T GET ENUF), or maybe it was “Hot Stuff” after the Rolling Stones song (which naturally wasnt on the tape). I don’t remember the title of the second, but it’s fair to say I’ve given him 4 sides worth of GOOD STUFF, making this disc
GOOD STUFF, SIDE 5
Rolled by: me
Heeyar is the cut list, with the usual info and the notes I gave Jared:
- Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band “Diddy Wah Diddy”
(E. McDaniel/W. Dixon)
From the A&M 7″ (1966) as reïssued on The Legendary A&M Sessions (A&M 1984)
One of my faverit Beefheart records. A Bo Diddley cover from his very first single.
- King Khan & the Shrines “Land of the Freak”
From What Is ?! (Vice 2007)
[Tho the band is from Germany by way of Canada (best as I can determine), their rocking tunes always make me think of Detroit. This one in particular reminds me of young white kids in the 60s like Mitch Ryder, imitating James Brown, Otis Redding, etc with an extra dose of frantic energy and spreading the gospel of the young music called Rock’N’Roll.]*
- Bob Dylan “Narrow Way”
From Tempest (Columbia 2012)
This is basicly Dylan’s road band, and damn they’re good. This latest album is his best since Love and Theft in 01.
- Sonny Boy Williamson (II) “From the Bottom”
(W. Williamson) ??
From the Trumpet 78 (1954) as reïssued on Cool Cool Blues: The Classic Sides 1951-1954 (JSP 2006)
One of the last records Sonny Boy made for the Jackson MS label prior to his association with the Chess bros. in Chicago. I’m taken in by that big hollow drumbeat.
- Howlin’ Wolf “Oh, Red!!”
From the Chess 78 (1951) as reïssued on Memphis Days: The Definitive Edition, Vol. 2 (Bear Family 1990)
Recorded by Sam Phillips at Sun Studios, Memphis. Speaking of big drums!
- Wynonie Harris “Quiet Whiskey”
From the King 78 (1954) as reïssued on Bloodshot Eyes: The Best of Wynonie Harris (Rhino 1994)
- Fatlip “Joe’s Turkey”
From The Loneliest Punk (Delicious Vinyl 2005)
Produced by Mike Floss
- Fatlip “I Got the Shit”
Produced by Mark the 45 King
Voices: Big Scoob/Janai
(Also from The Loneliest Punk)
- Das Racist “Chicken and Meat”
From Shut Up, Dude (mixtape) (Mishka/Greedhead 2010)
Produced by J-La.
You know about these guys, right?
- El-P “Drones over Bklyn”
From Cancer for Cure (Fat Possum 2012)
Produced by El-P and Little Shalimar
- Those Darlins “Screws Get Loose”
From Screws Get Loose (Oh Wow Dang 2011)
- Yo La Tengo “Nothing to Hide”
From Popular Songs (Matador 2009)
- Them Two “Am I a Good Man”
From the Deep City Records 45 (1967) as reïssued on Eccentric Soul: The Deep City Label (Numero Group 2006)
- Hot Chip “Made in the Dark”
From Made in the Dark (EMI 2008)
You know Hot Chip probably? I’ve been listing to them a Lot lately.
- Chance the Rapper “Long Time”
From 10 Day (mixtape) (2012)
- Rolling Stones “Sweet Virginia”
From Exile on Main St (Rolling Stones Records 1972)
- Mike Doughty “White Lexus”
From Haughty Melodic (ATO 2005)
Addiction and recovery is all I hear here. Show me how to have a day.
- Vic Chesnutt “Ignorant People”
From Ghetto Bells (New West 2005)
- Mattie May Thomas “Dangerous Blues”
Recorded by Herbert Halpert in the sewing room of the Women’s Camp, Mississippi State Penitentiary, Parchman MS (“Parchman Farm”), May 31, 1939
Issued on various LPeez; taken from American Primitive Vol. II: Pre-War Revenants (1897-1939) (Revenant 2005)
- Ry Cooder “Fool for a Cigarette” (Sidney Bailey)/“Feelin’ Good” (J.B. Lenior/J. Dickenson)
From Paradise and Lunch (Reprise 1974)
[There was a time when Jared was frequently seen with a pack of Winstons. But that was long ago.]
- The Monroe Brothers “Nine Pound Hammer”
From the Bluebird 78 (1936) as reïssued on All the Classic Releases 1937-1949 (Bill Monroe) (JSP 2003)
Fragments of this hammer song are evrywhere: “Take This Hammer”, “Swannanoa Tunnel”, “Spikedriver Blues”, “Roll On John”, and on and on it goes.
- Alvin Robinson “Down Home Girl”
(Jerry Lieber/Artie Butler)
From the Red Bird 45 (1964) as reïssued on Red Bird Story (Snapper UK 2011)
- Mike Doughty “The Importance of Kicking”
- 15″ of silence.
Commentary (not included in original notes to Jared):
What started out as a casual what-I’ve-been-listning-to-lately mix turned into a hodge-podge (arent they all) of old and new mixtape faverits.
Beefheart’s Diddy Wah is an unimpeachable way to begin a mix, and I’m sure this is not the first time I’ve used it to start one. Its warm sludge heats immediately to a rolling boil with King Khan’s “Land of the Freak”, which levels off with the driving “Narrow Way”, mellowing out to the cruising “From the Bottom”. Wolf’s Oh Red! and Wynonie’s Quiet Whiskey ease the pedal down slightly and we remain more or less at highway speed, covering lots of miles, until the rallentando at the end of “Nothing to Hide” and the clash of guitars and drums at the beginning of “Am I a Good Man” appear like the first stoplight after a long stretch of open road. After “Am I a Good Man” the mix comes to its emotional climax with Chance the Rapper’s “Long Time”, with Hot Chip’s minimalist tear-jerker “Made in the Dark” in between. The relese of “Sweet Virginia” follows. Then slow n sad, n soft, “White Lexus” and also slow n sad but more intense and louder “Ignorant People”. Along with “Dangerous Blues” which follows, “Igorant People” creates a second emotional climax (the two songs with their contrasting sounds are tied together by their similar intensity), which is immediately diffused by Cooder’s medley. Its leisurely guitar sounds surprisingly natural after “Dangerous Blues” and I can’t tell you why. Then we finish with that ever-so-pretty Monroe Bros. record and the goofy stomper “Down Home Girl”. The end is kind of all over the place, but I like it.
Oh Red! and Quiet Whiskey are two I’ve used together a couple times before. A similar good-time feel and similar three-note horn riffs link Wolf’s dirt-under-the-fingernails houserocking with Harris’s more sophisticated jump blues. The rolling sax loop in Fatlip’s “Joe’s Turkey” provides a decent transition out of “Quiet Whiskey”.
Least faverit transition: I Got the Shit → Chicken and Meat. Doesnt sound good to me: they’re just too different. Actually, Chicken and Meat → Drones over Bklyn doesnt sound that great either. I had to put on something from Das Racist tho, and if it didnt fit I’wz just goina haff to wedge it in. I had to use crayzee glue in a couple spots to make this mix stay together. I might ’ve made the joints stronger if I’d taken more time to work on it, but I blasted this thing together pretty quick before my trip to my homeland. I was just giddy over how well the timing worked out.
Faverit transition: Made in the Dark → Long Time
I made a mix as a wedding gift for my friends Jane & Hamak. (Don’t worry, I got them a real gift too.) Here is the letter I wrote to go with it:
A tape…um, a disc, a flash drive, a disk in any case…full of luuuuuuuuuuuuuuuv sawngs in honor of you. You two. I don’t want to get overly sappy…I’ve tried to lean toward just straight happy, celebratory songs…but some of these tunes do reflect my feelings on the subject.
01. Yeh Yeh – Georgie Fame & the Blue Flames
Was introduced to this song by They Might Be Giants’ cover (Mink Car 2001) but this version (1965) kind of blows it away. Fame has a great voice and a great vocal technique, and his tone blends so nicely with the sax.
02. This Time It’s Real – Tower Of Power
One of the happiest songs ever. From Tower Of Power (1973).
03. Groove Me – King Floyd
Sookie sookie now. From King Floyd (1970).
04. Kiss – Prince
I defy U 2 name a better pop record than this. …I’m a little self-conscious about the last 2 choices. They’re a little obvious—they’re wedding DJ songs. But I’m not going use Kool & the Gang Celebration, okay? 1 tries not 2 B 2 obvious or 2 obscure. I was 1ce accused (by my 3rd-oldest friend!) of being willfully obscure. (It was over one of my spring tapes. The one with “Ain’t That Nice” and “The Real World” and the French version of “Chick Habit” and the Banana Splits and all that.) I’m not trying 2 B obscure, like just 2 show how cool I am, but I don’t want to give U just stuff U’ve heard a million times. As Cee-lo sed at a Gnarls sho just B4 singing “Crazy”—“I want 2 please U but I don’t want 2 bore U.” But these last 2 joints R so God damn good, who cares. …By the way, I stole this cut from a mix CD a certain bride & groom made as a party favor 4 their wedding, so it contains extra good karma for yall Bcause over 7 years later they remain 1 of the happiest couples I know (Bsides me & Jen of course!).
* Prince spellings in honor of Prince.
05. This Must Be The Place – Talking Heads
Stop Making Sense version. (1984.) To get sappy for a second…this song is to me the most perfect description I’ve heard of what love is. It makes me cry. I imagine having a big, like, 50th anniversary bash like my grandparents did and singing this song to my dear wife. (I’d need to recruit a couple accompanists…a piano and a flute maybe.)
06. Jeepster – T. Rex
From Electric Warrior (1971). Great record, “Jeepster”, great record….
07. You’ll Be Mine – Howlin’ Wolf
Where Marc Bolan stole the opening lyrics (“You so sweet, you so fine/ How I wish you were mine”) and the bump-bump-bump rhythm from. This has always been one of my favorite Wolf tunes. From 1961, this is the classic Chicago Howlin’ Wolf band: Willie Dixon on bass, Sam Lay drums, Hubert Sumlin with that searing guitar of his.
08. Wig Wam Bam – The Sweet
Self-explanatory. Side 1, cut 3 on the 1973 debut The Sweet.
09. If It’s True – Yo La Tengo
Doing our best. Muddling thru. Together. I like that. Nicer really than some overblown epic True Love thing. Is it right, is it perfect, is it true? Doesnt really matter. From Popular Songs (2009).
10. Love And Happiness - Al Green.
Let Al Green explain to you what love is and what happiness is. Another obvious choice? At least it’s not “Let’s Stay Together”. From I’m Still In Love With You (1972).
11. If I Ever Needed Someone – Van Morrison
Is this here love song directed to God? From His Band And The Street Choir (1970)…which is a killer album.
12. Some Say – Nina Simone
Such a wonderful, happy song. I luv it when Nina Somone gets all are-&-bea and shit. From my faverit by far of her albums, Silk And Soul. Like “Kiss” this was one of the high points I was trying to build up to. A mix has to have peaks & troughs and in-betweens.
13. Eye Know – De La Soul
From 3 Feet High And Rising (1989). Nother good choice by De La wld’ve been “Talkin’ Bout Hey Love” from De La Soul Is Dead, but I couldn’t resist the sample. Did you catch it? [One of the records sampled in “Eye Know” holds a particular significance for Jane.]
14. You Make It Easy – Air
That is what I want. Becuz everything is so damn hard. From Moon Safari (1998).
15. Lint Of Love – Cibo Mato [my edit]
From Stereo Type A. (1999) Took out the shitty rap and the shitty guitar solo.
16. Nobody But You – John Paul Hammond
I’ve always liked this song. From Nobody But You (1988). Sweet, simple sentiment. “Put the lid on the pot, put the salt in the bread.” There’s another song, by Ray Charles, which sadly didn’t make this tape (I’ma need to do a “bonus disc” of outtakes), which not only shares the same name but has a similar lyric: “Who is the salt in my bread? Nobody but you. I do mean you.” To be the salt in someone’s bread. Wow.
17. My Babe – Little Walter Jacobs
Always loved this one too. 1955. So smooth.
18. Rose Darling – Steely Dan
From Katy Lied (1975)…the first side of which really kicks ass.
19. Here To Fall – Yo La Tengo
A similar theme to the other Yo La track; sort of a darker flipside. Also from Popular Songs.
20. Don’t Worry Baby – The Beach Boys
By explicitly saying “Don’t worry,” this song goes further than the last one (“I know you’re worried, I’m worried too”).
21. I Love How You Love Me – Jeff Magnum
Such a pretty melody. Sung by such a haunting voice. This old standard, here misattributed to Phil Spector (who produced the Paris Sisters version), is a Barry Mann/Larry Kolber composition. This version comes from a live bootleg and may or may not be identical to the Live at Jittery Joe’s version.
22. Asleep And Dreaming – The Magnetic Fields
I almost wanted this to be our wedding march, but Jen objected to the “I don’t know if you’re beautiful” part. From 69 Love Songs (1999).
23. Little Star – Cub
What a nice thing to say about someone. From Betti-Cola (1993).
Welp. I wish much happiness to both of you. Congratulations to Hamak. He definitely got the best of this deal.
SOUL DANCE #3 – WILSON PICKETT
HOLD ON I’M COMING – SAM & DAVE
DAYTONA 500 – GHOSTFACE KILLAH FEAT. RAEKWAN & CAPPADONNA
KNOCK THAT DOOR – ENON
MR TOUGH – YO LA TENGO
NIGHT FEVER – BEE GEES
BILLIE JEAN – MICHAEL JACKSON
CAN I GET GET GET – JUNIOR SENIOR
DANCING QUEEN – ABBA
MISS MODULAR – STEREOLAB
CHILI BEANS – JOE BATAAN & THE EASTSIDE BOYS
HECTOR – THE VILLAGE CALLERS
BURNING DOWN THE HOUSE – TALKING HEADS
HEAVY HEAVY HEAVY – GERALDO PINO
LICKIN’ STICK – JAMES BROWN
GROOVE IS IN THE HEART – DEEE-LITE
SOUL FINGER – BAR KAYS
DAFT PUNK IS PLAYING AT MY HOUSE – LCD SOUNDSYSTEM
GANGSTER TRIPPIN – FATBOY SLIM
SABOTAGE – BEASTIE BOYS
LAPDANCE – N.E.R.D.
HELL YES – BECK
GALANG (CAVEMEN REMIX) – M.I.A.
MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS – DELTA 5
CASTIN’ MY SPELL – THE JOHNNY OTIS SHOW
DOWN TO THIS – SOUL COUGHING
BABY I LOVE YOU – ARETHA FRANKLIN
BABY IT’S YOU – SMITH
GENUINE – SHARON JONES AND THE DAP KINGS
SEX MACHINE – JAMES BROWN
WELCOME TO THE TERRORDOME – PUBLIC ENEMY
SHAME ON A NIGGA – WU TANG
BODHISATTVA – STEELY DAN
WHAT IS HIP – TOWER OF POWER
I’M STILL #1 – BOOGIE DOWN PRODUCTIONS
RISING UP – THE ROOTS
FEELIN’ SO GOOD (S.K.O.O.B.Y.D.O.O.) – THE ARCHIES
GENIUS OF LOVE (“STOP MAKING SENSE” VERSION) – TOM TOM CLUB
SOUL DANCE #3 - WILSON PICKETT (2:34)
HOLD ON I’M COMING - SAM & DAVE (2:34)
DAYTONA 500 - GHOSTFACE KILLAH FEAT. RAEKWAN & CAPPADONNA (5:42)
KNOCK THAT DOOR - ENON (2:46)
MR TOUGH - YO LA TENGO (3:03)
NIGHT FEVER - BEE GEES (3:24)
DANCING QUEEN - ABBA (3:44)
MISS MODULAR - STEREOLAB (4:06)
CHILI BEANS - JOE BATAAN & THE EASTSIDE BOYS (3:02)
HEAVY HEAVY HEAVY - GERALDO PINO (6:26)
LICKIN’ STICK - JAMES BROWN (2:45)
HUMAN BEHAVIOR - BJÖRK (4:07)
DAFT PUNK IS PLAYING AT MY HOUSE - LCD SOUNDSYSTEM (3:21)
GANGSTER TRIPPIN - FATBOY SLIM (3:03)
CASTIN MY SPELL - THE JOHNNY OTIS SHOW (2:05)
DOWN TO THIS - SOUL COUGHING (3:45)
SHAME ON A NIGGA - WU TANG (2:57)
SABOTAGE - BEASTIE BOYS (2:52)
LAPDANCE - N.E.R.D. (3:29)
GENIUS OF LOVE (“STOP MAKING SENSE” VERSION) - TOM TOM CLUB (4:46)
S.K.O.O.B.Y.D.O.O. - THE ARCHIES (3:07)
Yet another placeholder. Someday I might write posts to go in these holded places.
Sometimes I take 2 songs and I expect them to be the seed, the germ, the sperm and ovum of a mix tape, but sometimes (often) they arent. Sometimes they don’t produce. Sometimes the 2 songs I put my hopes in are just friends. But sometimes they can get together and harmonize with a tape’s worth of other friends.
I’m off to the post office with the final version of my Summer Burn mix. It has changed quite a bit since last time, and of course you knew it would. I took a second look at my first draft and wasnt quite sure what I was thinking. I had started with James Luther Dickenson’s “Casey Jones”. I led off with that! Might be okay for a b-side, but an a-side? I needed a serious overhaul and initially I was at a loss. I decided to divide it up into 2 sections, speaking of a- and b- sides, which I have pretentiously labeled “Program 1” and “Program 2”. It can be a big help to impose artificial “sides” on a mix-ceedee. Last year’s Fuck Yeah Spring mix had 4 sections, making them a little closer in length to actual elpee sides. When you have only 2, they’re more like the sides of a cassette tape, tho still not quite as long. Those 90-minute tapes went on forever, and it’s one of the things I miss about a format I rarely use anymore. But you could divide your silver disc into any number of sections you choose. Jack Logan’s 2-ceedee, 42-song collection Bulk has 9 sides (according to its back cover). By having sides, that ceedee collection is pretending to be a box of elpees; but by having an odd number of them, it ensures that it could never actually be a box of elpees. The odd number of sides has always tweaked me out, even tho they’re not real ones. I’m trying to remember if I’ve ever divided a single disc into 3 sides. It seems like that could be pretty comfortable, around 25 minutes a piece…but I don’t think I’ve ever done it.
Having a b-side gave me an opportunity to go in a slightly different direction. There is kind of a lot of sameness here. I was going for a particular feel and I stuck with it. It’s not as eclectic as many of my tapes are. The flip side has a different but still related feel.
KEEPING COOL: summer burn ‘011
Rolled by: me
- Rolling Stones “Country Honk”
From Let It Bleed (London 1969)
The album version of “Honky Tonk Woman”.
- Ry Cooder “Goin’ To Brownsville”
(Sleepy John Estes)
From Ry Cooder (Reprise 1970)
That spiraling mandolin riff sticks in my head persistently thru th years.
- Izzy Stradlin and the Ju Ju Hounds “Time Gone By”
From Izzy Stradlin And The Ju Ju Hounds (Geffen 1992)
Soft, melancholy tune by the former Guns N’ Roses guitarist, from a record that at the time was called the best Keith Richards album in years. It was a bit throwbacky; and although it is one of this mix’s 4 songs from the 90s (the remainder were all released betw/1969 and 79, and the majority come from the first half of the 70s) it sounds quite a bit like the older material. There are plenty of points where it gives itself away however. It can never really escape it’s time.
- Z Z Top “Have You Heard”
(Billy Gibbons/Dusty Hill)
From Tres Hombres (London 1973)
Midtempo number from Tres Hombres. Great guitar solo.
- Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band “Her Eyes Are a Blue Million Miles”
(Don Van Vliet)
From Clear Spot (Reprise 1972)
In evry Summer Burn, I like to include a tune from one of the ceedees I got the previous year. When I heard this Beefheart sawng on CHRIS TREW’S SUMMER BURN 2010, I suddenly had a vision for the mix I would make this year, and surprisingly this mix follows that vision pretty close. The image that this song brang to mind was cruising around aimlessly on a hot summer day with a quart size bottle of weakass Mexican lawnmower beer between yr legs. (If you’re too responsible to countenance such a thing, you cn allus imagine that a passenger is the one with the beer. If even that is too much for you, well, get a life.) I thought of some other mellow, guitar-driven records that could accompany such an activity, and here we are.
- RL Burnside “.44 Pistol”
From Too Bad Jim (Fat Possum 1994)
From my brother’s vinyl rip of Too Bad Jim, the totally essential Hill Country Blues album which has the same relationship to 90s hipster bluesrock that the Stooges’ Funhouse had to 70s punk.
- Steely Dan “Everything You Did”
(Walter Becker/Donald Fagen)
From The Royal Scam (ABC 1976)
Turn up the Eagles the neighbors are listening.
- Z Z Top “Shiek” [sic]
From Tres Hombres (London 1973)
Nother one from Tres Hombres. Just a little bit more rockin…and a little sinister.
- Little Feat “fat man in the bathtub”
From Dixie Chicken (Warners 1973)
Juanita, my Juanita, what are you up to, my Juanita? Were I to be honest I’d say this is my all-time faverit Little Feat song. It also belongs on my long list of songs that sound kind of like “Sitting On Top Of The World”. I love the way the previous song fades into this one. Seamless.
- Rolling Stones “So Divine (Aladdin Story)”
From the bonus disc in the newest edition of Exile on Main St. (Universal 2010)
I have a version of this sans vocal track on a bootleg ceedee of Let It Bleed outtakes. (I’m not sure but I think much of the material on Exile was originally conceived during the Let It Bleed sessions.) That laid-back, bloozy jam was exactly my taste. I never heard the words until this Exile reïssue came out.
- JJ Cale “Let’s Go To Tahiti”
(Bill Boatman/Roger Tillotson)
From 5 (Shelter Recording Company, Inc. 1979)
- 30 seconds of silence.
- OutKast “Da Art of Storytellin’ (Pt. 1)”
(Andre Benjamin/Antwan Patton/David Sheats)
From Aquemini (LaFace 1998)
A classic from the kings of cool Southern rap, that vanished genre with mellifluous, drawling flows—as opposed to the “Dirty South” hollering & grunting that has been so ubiquitous for the past decade, decade and a half. (Nothing against that stuff, mind you.)
- James Brown “Spinning Wheel”
From Sex Machine (King 1970)
Reediculous feel good cool jazz version of Blood, Sweat & Tears’ “Spinning Wheel”.
- Ike Turner and the Kings Of Rhythm “Funky Mule”
Taken from I Smell Trouble!!! by the Ike Turner Review [sic] featuring Tina Turner (ABM) (honestly one of the best $4 ceedees I’ve ever bought). It may have originally been featured on this album, A Black Man’s Soul by Ike Turner and the Kings Of Rhythm (Pompeii, 1969).
Hard funk instrumental.
- Van Morrison “I’ve Been Working”
From It’s Too Late To Stop Now (Warners 1974)
Live version of a throwaway song from a throwaway album (I mean that in the best possible way) off the absolute utter classic double elpee It’s Too Late To Stop Now. The horn section spits bullets. The rhythm section drives a death proof stunt car.
- Kool & the Gang “Street Symphony”
(Khalis Bayyan/Kool & The Gang)
From Light Of Worlds (De-Lite 1974)
Nother great feelgood funkjazz instrumental. A perfect record for cruising around town pretending you’re cool. Out of nowhere, th sax quotes Coltrane’s version of “My Favorite Things”. I should do a whole tape of funk instrumentals like this. Any suggestions? Does “Soul Finger” count as an instrumental?
- the jon spencer BLUES EXPLOSION! “very rare”
From orange (Matador 1994)
Speaking of instrumentals to tool around town to, this album will always remind me of guiding a silver Mazda up Clearwater Street. The record grinds along like a cartoon locomotive.
- Betty Davis “They Say I’m Different”
From They Say I’m Different (Just Sunshine 1974)
A smouldering slab of Betty Davis. Lyrical references to chitlins etc remind you that her genius extends to soul-food cooking as well as stanky lowdown sexgrowl.
- Rolling Stones “Fingerprint File”
From it’s only Rock n Roll (Rolling Stones Records 1974)
Is there too much Stones on this tape? Possibly. Too much of any one thing is never healthy for a mixtape, even if it’s spread out like it is here. Just on the cusp of their disco/fake reggae era, the band lays down an shuffle type groove that makes this one of my all-time faverit driving tunes. This song will always remind me of Main Street, at night. Early summer. Chilly. All the windows open. Over top of this interminable boogie, Mick toasts, whispers, growls, and whines thru his clencht throat, at times sounding almost like Michael Jackson. Good night. Sleep tight.
- 1 minute of silence.
Program 2: “funk side”
Favorite transition: Sheik → fat man in the bathtub.
Least favorite transition: Everything You Did → Sheik.
Places where I’m worried this tape doesnt flow so well:
Everything You Did → Sheik
willin’ → Have You Heard
Everything You Did → Sheik
Alabama Bound → California One
California One → Sister Sweetly
Places where I think it flows really well:
Have You Heard → Her Eyes Are A Blue Million Miles
Sheik → fat man in the bathtub