unknown funky songs
Talk about being thankful! Lauryn Hill’s memories are about growing up in New Jersey, but these lyrics transcend just one person’s reminiscence. I think everyone who grew up in the 80s and 90s can find something in this song to relate to, and bring a smile to their face. This song-besides being catchy as anything-underscores the need to look back and remember where you came from, and to never forget what it was like to be a younger you, and try your best to hold on to that childhood feeling that all is right with the world and things will be okay.
“If it wasn’t for bad luck, I wouldn’t have no luck at all”.
If that’s not what the blues are about, then I don’t know what is.
This was Albert King’s most famous song, and it’s been covered by loads of folks (as well as recorded many, many times by King himself), so chances are you’ve heard it somewhere before, but this version-which I had never heard until I found it for this post-has a neat New Orleans funky feel to it. Even with the cool groove and the background singers in this Allen Toussaint arrangement, King (the “Velvet Bulldozer”) still totally rips the solos, bending the notes this way and that, foreshadowing Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and countless others. Enjoy!
If you were one of those lucky few in Atlantic City for Phish this past weekend, you got to hear Little Feat’s ‘Waiting For Columbus’-one of my all-time favorite albums-performed by one of my favorite bands. Alas, I wasn’t there (I had a ticket but the aforementioned move to Texas prevented me from attending). I sold my ticket, and I like to think that even though I missed the show, maybe whoever took my place was more deserving.
After all, I already know and love Little Feat, but maybe the person who took my ticket didn’t. And maybe, just maybe, they loved it. And maybe they went out when they got back from the show and they bought their own copy of “Waiting For Columbus”, and they sat at home and soaked in the laid-back, swampy funky soulful slinky groove that is Little Feat. Maybe they found that Lowell George wasn’t just singing to anyone, he was singing RIGHT TO THEM. Maybe they felt they had discovered something amazing, something they couldn’t believe they’d lived without for so long, something that filled every little empty musical niche in their lives, and they went out and bought even more Little Feat albums, and soon they’ll have so many that they lend them to their friends, and the process starts all over, and before you know it, everyone in America is finally listening to Little Feat.
Wouldn’t that be great?
Here’s Rock ‘n Roll Doctor, a very deceptive song in that it grooves and is very danceable, but upon closer inspection is very rhythmically dense, changing time signatures almost every measure and never ever settling on a consistent meter. It’s part of Little Feat’s genius that they make something so very very difficult sound so easy and smooth.
If you’re into the new funk/soul thing, you can’t really go wrong with Soulive. They never fail to deliver melodies that exude funk and Eric Krasno never fails to deliver with some ripping guitar. This track isn’t about guitar though, it’s about horns. Does anyone hear the Bitches Brew influence? I wonder if that was intentional.
Happy Friday! It’s time to get pumped up for a great weekend. We are trying something new this week. Your Daily Song Fix will be bringing you three links that we find amazing or hilarious. We live and breathe the internet and technology so be sure to check out these links to hear about things that no one else delivers. Of course we will still be posting a song, so you’ll get your fix.
1. Please Rob Me is a hilarious but scary website that crawls Twitter to figure out when people tweet out that they won’t be home (giving you the optimal chance to rob them). The intentions are good – to raise awareness about what information you should not be sharing with the public.
2. Are you interested in starting your own business? Are you seeking information on a certain topic? Mixergy.com is where you want to be. In Andrew Warner’s words – “Imagine having a mix of experienced mentors teaching you their expertise. That’s my mission with Mixergy.com.” Andrew asks the best interview questions I have seen …it’s almost like he is reading your mind.
3. A funny Dave Chappelle and Martin Lawrence clip that most people haven’t seen:
And finally, enjoy your daily song fix!
Poets Of Rhythm were formed by two brothers in the 1990’s and recognized as one of the first “retro-soul” groups – contemporary artists who based their sound around classic R&B styles of the ’60s and ’70s. Since their formation, other great bands such as Breakestra and The Bamboos have joined their musical circle to produce this style of music. However, all three groups are unique and funky in their own way.
“Cut Chemist Suite” is off of Ozomatli’s first album released in 1998. I feel a little out of the hip-hop loop for not hearing of these guys before considering MC Chali 2na and turntablist Cut Chemist were part of the group before focusing their efforts on Jurassic 5.