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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Souper Fly

So this is another one of those posts that works to illustrate the way Nile Rodgers hangs over my music intake like an ID4 ship over a major American city. In 1982 Rodgers and Bernard Edwards produced the soundtrack for Soup For One. I haven't seen the film, but I have seen that the Wiki entry for the soundtrack is as long as that for the film itself.

The soundtrack featured a handful of Rodgers/Edwards tracks produced expressly for the film, including
'Why', which I've had on repeat since I got my hands on the Lindstrom LateNightTales, as well as the title track, which would later find its way into Modjo's 'Lady' (while we're at it, 'Why' found its way into a version of 'Bonita Applebum').

But that's all beside the point, and track I wanted to throw at you today, starring Chic vocalist Fonzi Thornton:

Fonzi Thornton - I Work For A Livin (1982) (buy)

The song was slated to appear on Thornton's album (written and produced by Rodgers and Edwards) which, as of this posting, has not yet enjoyed official release. Maybe by next time.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Form Like Megatron

Short but sweet post before I catch the Z train. There's more than ample documentation of Patrick Cowley's life and work buzzing around the internets - suffice to say for now the guy was born to synthesize. This afternoon I was most pleased to come across a 12" single of a collab he and Sylvester put out in the early eighties. Would ya buy these for a dollar?:

Patrick Cowley feat. Sylvester - Do Ya Wanna Funk (Radio Version) (1982) (buy)

Patrick Cowley feat. Sylvester - Do Ya Wanna Funk (Instrumental Version) (1982)

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Small Packages

Sometimes you go looking for a picture of a gorilla playing a tuba and find a gorilla with two grandma's. Sometimes you go to a flea market, get twenty new old records you think will be perfect for something somewhere down the line from the looks of the cover, only to go back to one that's been sitting anonymously at the bottom of your record bag for months now. Sometimes that record happens to be a single from The Mini Groove Orchestra (a.k.a. Eric Travaillé). Sometimes that single happens to be 'Pom Pom', taken from the album L.O.V.E. which came and went a couple of years back, and sometimes b sides are just as good as a sides:

The Mini Groove Orchestra - Pom Pom (Foursider's Love'n Life Mix) (2003)

The Mini Groove Orchestra - Pom Pom (DJ Cam aka Cam Remix) (2003)

The Mini Groove Orchestra - Le Grande Triangle (short mix) (2003) (buy)

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Sex Shooters

So I've been sitting on this one for a while now, mainly because I don't know quite what to make of it. Somewhere up his ascent to the top of the 80's culturedome Prince decided his girlfriend and a couple of her friends should form a group and go around as 'The Hookers'. A little further up the spiral he started seeing nude model and Canadian B movie actress Denise Matthews, and soon he had another idea - ditch one of his girlfriend's friends, rename Matthews 'Vanity', slap the name 'Vanity 6' across the whole thing, sprinkle some Prince dust over it all and see what might happen.

Vanity 6 - Nasty Girl (1982)

Vanity 6 - Make-Up (1982) (buy)

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Plat Du Jour

Hope everyone's Thanksgiving Aught Nine went well. Mine involved explaining North American football to Swedes and debating the merits of Boba Fett against Jango Fett with a nine year old. Apparently escaping the sarlacc ain't what it used to be. Oh yeah and couldn't get this one out of my head:

Platypus - Cherry (1980) (buy)