Watching the 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony and Randy Newman, Tom Petty, Jackson Browne and John Fogerty are performing Randy’s 1982 hit “I Love L.A.”
I never noticed that Randy throws a shoutout to Victory Boulevard in the song. Kinda cool considering Victory is right there at the end of the block, about 4-5 houses down from my living room.
the cast from SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE’s season 38 - repertory players
I started watching Saturday Night Live when I was 9 and I’ve never stopped. It’s my all time favorite TV show.
Episode 4 of my ancient podcast series, again unmixed and without my voiceovers. Just the tracks.
Couple of quick notes about a few of the tracks (the notes I can remember):
“Blind Man Can See It” is the song that launched a thousand hip-hop samples. From the soundtrack for the 1973 blaxplotation film Black Caesar, it features quite possibly the funkiest guitar break ever recorded. You’ve heard it before, Das EFX used it for the basis of their smash debut single “They Want EFX.”
In most circles, J. Walter Negro was better known as the influential graf artist ALI. I think this song is great really, a weird amalgamation of proto-hip-hop and… boogaloo, I guess? ALI, J. Walter, wasn’t really a musician but that didn’t stop him from forming the Loose Joint and putting “Shoot the Pump” out in 1981. Not all that unusual I supposed. ALI wasn’t the only artist to experiment with hip-hop. Rammellzee and Jean-Michel Basquiat, who coincidentally was an occasion member of the Loose Jointz, were also known to release records of their own.
“Helicopter (Weird Science Remix)” appears as a b-side on the U.S. version of the single. I dig this track because it features Peaches on vocals. I guess I was sort of into Peaches around the time I put this episode together. I mean, I don’t think I like her albums, but her guest spots can be killer. I might the only person I know who likes her remix of Tone-Loc’s “Wild Thing.” I don’t care, that remix is awesome.
Groove Armada’s “Love Sweet Sound,” from the 2007 album Soundboy Rock, features the legendary Candi Staton, of “Young Hearts Run Free” fame, on vocals.
“Pretty Girls Don’t Dance (What Should I Do?)” was originally a 30 second interlude on Felix Da Housecat’s Virgo Blaktro and the Movie Disco album but then it got the full remix treatment and was transformed into a four minute track. Kind of a nice trick. You can find this song as a b-side on the U.K. single release “Like Something 4 Porno!”, which I think was the third single from the Virgo Blaktro album.
“It’s the Beat” by Simian Mobile Disco, from the 2007 album Attack Decay Sustain Release, features MC Ninja from the Go! Team on lead vocals.
1. “This Woman” by Desmond Dekker & The Aces (1965)
2. “Lover’s Rock” by Freddie McGregor (1981)
3. “Clean Up Woman” by Betty Wright (1971)
4. “Blind Man Can See It” by James Brown (1973)
5. “Jungle Fever” by The Chakachas (1972)
6. “Shoot the Pump” by J. Walter Negro & The Loose Jointz (1981)
7. “Don’t Worry About It” by N.E.R.D. (2004)
8. “Helicopter (Weird Science Remix)” by Bloc Party (2004)
9. “The Salmon Dance” by The Chemical Brothers (2007)
10. “Here” by Luscious Jackson (1994)
11. “Love Sweet Sound” by Groove Armada (2007)
12. “Pretty Girls Don’t Dance (What Should I Do?)” by Felix Da Housecat (2007)
13. “It’s the Beat” by Simian Mobile Disco (2007)
we’re all just puff balls in dream land.
These guys. Every day they post something that makes me laugh hysterically. Every. Day.