Monthly Archives: October 2010

Thank Funk It’s Friday – 2010.10.29

The ‘Evil Of The Thriller’ Mix

Darkness falls across the land
The midnight hour is close at hand
Creatures crawl in search of blood
To terrorize y’alls neighborhood

And though you fight to stay alive
Your body starts to shiver
For no mere mortal can resist
The evil of the Thriller

01:  Thriller   X   Michael Jackson
02:  The Witch (The Bamboos Version)   X   The Broken Keys
03:  Somebody’s Watching Me   X   Rockwell ft Michael Jackson
04:  Halloween (Main Theme)   X   John Carpenter
05:  ‘Thriller Rap’   X   Vincent Price

Spooky Choons

I heard – with shut eyes but acute hearing – I heard the eerie music. I heard the chilling sounds of a DJ mixing, and then, on the working of a powerful engine, heard signs of notes and stirring with uneasy beats, cautious blending. Frightful, must it be, for supremely frightful would be the effect of any DJ endeavor to rock the stupendous mechanism of the creator of such a mix.

01. Ghost Town *|* The Specials
02. Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) *|* David Bowie
03. Straight To Hell *|* The Clash
04. Dead Man’s Party *|* Oingo Boingo
05. The Blood *|* The Cure
06. Dead *|* Pixies
07. Scooby Doo *|* Hoyt Curtain & Singers
08. Evil Ways *|* Willie Bobo
09. Bad Moon Rising *|* Credence Clearwater Revival
10. Boris The Spider *|* The Who
11. Frankenstein *|* Edgar Winter Group
12. Runnin’ With The Devil *|* Van Halen
13. Highway To Hell *|* AC/DC
14. The Addams Family *|* Vic Mizzy
15. Hell *|* James Brown
16. I Put A Spell On You *|* Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
17. Spooky *|* Dusty Springfield
18. Evil (Is Going On) *|* Howlin’ Wolf
19. Witchcraft *|* Joe Graves & The Diggers
20. The Twilight Zone
21. Demon’s Theme (Part II) *|* LTJ Bukem

Soul Kitchen 04 – The ‘One Note Samba’ Mix

‘One Note Samba’ was originally written and performed by Antonio Carlos Jobin in 1963 on his classic Bossa Nova album ‘Jazz Samba’. Fast-forward three years and, in an effort to step-up record sales, Sergio Mendes hired a new singer (Lani Hall), switched record labels and released ‘Sergio Mendes And Brasil ’66’, which contained the cover version of ‘One Note Samba’ included in this mix. With the support of his friend and mentor, Herb Alpert, the album was a huge success and sold over one million copies.

The song has been covered numerous times since Sergio Mendes’ “little samba built upon a single note” and is a favourite late-night tune amongst DJs who know that “other notes are sure to follow but the root is still that single note”.

This month’s tracklisting:

To Beat The Devil (Intro)
01. Wake Up Everybody ^ Big Youth
02. Sudden Impact (12″ Mix) ^ BAD
03. Angel (Extended Dance Mix) ^ Madonna
04. One Note Samba / Spanish Flea ^ Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66
05. What’d I Say ^ Elvis Presley
06. (Your Love Is Lifting Me) Higher & Higher ^ Jackie Wilson
Everything Is Everything (Interlude) ^ Bootsy Collins
07. College ^ 3 Titans
08. Memory Lane (Sittin’ In Da Park) ^ Nas
09. They Don’t Want ^ Electric Wire Hustle
10. Shine ^ Adrian Younge
11. El Nicoya ^ Santana
12. El Cayuco ^ Tito Puente
13. Sideman ^ The George Benson Quartet
14. Mercedes Benz ^ Janis Joplin
15. In The Dark ^ Billy Squire
16. Carry On Turn Me On (Original 12″ Mix) ^ Space
17. So Free (Original Mix) ^ The Timewriter ft Jay
18. Consolation Prize ^ Julie Doiron
19. Holiday ^ Vampire Weekend
20. Best Of All Possible Worlds ^ Kris Kristofferson
Laughter (Exilude)
21. Come On, Get Happy ^ The Partridge Family

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Imagine

Imagine there’s no heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace

You may say that I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world

You may say that I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will live as one

Thank Funk It’s Friday – 2010.10.08

Funk Rock
n.
     1. Music.
          a genre of music that fuses funk and rock elements and is defined by strong bass or drum beat and electric guitars. Distortion, although not necessary, is usually incorporated in the overall sound.

v. (used with object)
     2. To funk out while listening to a heavy bass line and loud guitar mix.
     3. To rock to the funky beat; all day and every night.

Related bands

 

Examples of Funk Rock (used with speakers / headphones)

01. The Crunge – Led Zeppelin
02. Another One Bites The Dust – Queen
03. Shack Up – A Certain Ratio
04. Moody – ESG
05. Give It Away – Red Hot Chili Peppers

For The Record – ‘Heroes’

Today in 1977, David Bowie released his second installment of the ‘Berlin Trilogy’ in the UK (the US release followed one week later). ‘Heroes’ picked up where ‘Low’ had left off and, once again with the help of Brian Eno, Bowie pushed things into a more raucous and positive direction.

The album was recorded entirely in Berlin in a studio about 500 yards from the Berlin Wall. The title track, one of Bowie’s best known songs, was written about two young lovers who meet at the Wall. The producer, Tony Visconti, has said that during the recording of the album German Guards would watch the proceedings in the control room with powerful binoculars. Inside, Bowie was cementing his place as the pioneer of what-would-soon-become-known-as New Wave music, while paying tribute to his German influences Kraftwerk and Neu!. Both groups inspired several songs on the album.

Upon it’s release, everyone hailed the album as a classic. Critics loved it. Fans adored it. Other musicians revered it. John Lennon was quoted as saying the album served as his inspiration during the recording of his last album ‘Double Fantasy’ in 1980.

‘Lodger’ would follow two years later and complete the ‘Berlin Trilogy’, but ‘Heroes’ was David Bowie’s last great record of the 1970s. The album ended a creative streak that saw Bowie continually mesmerize and baffle everybody with his originality and self-reinvention that was second to none.

Thank Funk It’s Friday – 2010.10.01

The ‘Heavy Vibes’ Mix

Vincent Montana is a producer, arranger, composer, conductor and, perhaps, the world’s best vibraharpist. He has been called the Italian Stallion of the vibes and the ‘Godfather of Disco’ for all of his pioneering work in the genre throughout the 1970s and 1980s.

Montana was born in 1928 and grew up on the south side of Philadelphia in the same neighborhood as Jazz greats Dizzy Gillespie and Red Garland, as well as Pop greats Frankie Avalon and Fabian.

His first big break came when he was asked to play on the Delfonic’s album ‘La La (Means I Love You)’ in 1968. It was also his introduction to the infamous Philly sound.

In the coming years he earned his ‘Godfather’ status in Disco by playing an integral part in the development of MFSB (Mother Father Sister Brother), which was a collection of over thirty musicians who were the house band for Philadelphia International Records. Following the massive success of PIR and MFSB, Montana moved to Salsoul Records and applied the same aesthetics to the Salsoul Orchestra, which he conducted and was the driving force behind from 1975 to 1978. His next endeavour was the creation of the Montana Orchestra in the early 1980s.

Montana had massive success and chart hits with every single band he was involved in and this week’s mix highlights three of them.

01. ‘TSOP (The Sound Of Philadelphia)’
The song that launched the career of MFSB in 1974, sold over a million copies and was used as the theme song for the television show ‘Soul Train’.

02. ‘Ooh, I Love It (Love Break)’
The song that Montana released with the Salsoul Orchestra in 1975 that was a huge hit and a favorite in discotheques all over America.

03. ‘Who Needs Enemies (Club Mix)’
The song that was released on Montana’s Philly Sound Works label in 1983 and features a later incarnation of the Philly Sound Orchestra; simply called the Montana Sextet.

Today Vincent Montana is still active, writing music and creating orchestral arrangements on his Apple computer and the world truly is a better place for all of the music that he has given us during the last 45 years.