This one’s just for DC.
(…okay, and for Cort, too, and any other Ohio fans) since I’ve been tormenting DC with the Gator song all week. Figured I’d show Ohio (no, NOT them damn
Sucks Bucks) some love, since one of the greatest funk bands of all time…
…The Ohio Players, hails from there.
Sugarfoot (aka Leroy Bonner)!!!
This bass intro was one of the first things I ever learned how to play on the guitar (all my mother’s brothers play guitar—I think it’s a requirement if you come from Mississippi—so it was kinda mandatory for me to learn something or I would have felt musically bankrupt on some level).
…is a song that’s damn-near an anthem for anyone who’s ever wanted to break out of a relationship. (The only songs that come close to being as huge a plea/announcement about bouncing out are Paul Simon’s escape-from-relationship-Alcatraz classic, “50 Ways To Leave Your Lover” and Teddy Pendergrass‘ awesomely-upbeat, wildly-slaphappy, I’m-so-over-your-ass dose of amazement, “I Don’t Love You Anymore.”) I’m sure a lot of folks will be able to sing ALL THE WORDS to this one. For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, you might want to tuck it into your back pocket for future reference. Odds are, the need to hear it just might come up again.
The last cut, and this is one of my all-time favorites of any artist, is from a soundtrack they did in 1977 called Mr. Mean.
The song is a 9-minute plus (!!!) killer piece called “Good Luck Charm.” It’s the kind of music people just don’t make anymore…can’t make anymore even if they tried…and it moves me every single time I play it. Hope it makes you feel the same. Oh yeah, like “I Want To Be Free“, it also has a great drum intro.
Happy Friday!!! Thanks for making me feel so good about being back on the blog!!!