My brother sent me an email yesterday telling me that LNMC needed some XTC. He was right. This track is off 1986's Skylarking, which was produced by Todd Rundgren and ranked as the 48th best album of the eighties according to Rolling Stone magazine.
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Tonight, we kick off the 'Seven Days Of Halloween', an LNMC celebration of my favorite holiday. Every night from now until the 31st, I will post my favorite creepy/dark/wacky/heavy selections that always get me in the mood for the darkest of nights. Here's one from Alice Cooper featuring the always creepy Vincent Price. Boo!
on Night Music -- Curtis Mayfield made up part of the soundtrack of my late teen years. He was smooth as silk.
On the Lorne Michaels-produced ‘Night Music,’ he played several of his hits, including one of my faves, Pusherman.
As good as this performance by Mayfield is, the Hiram Bullock show begins around 3:50, as the camera puts him dead center in the frame. As he gets a very small few solo notes, he makes the most of it with some foxy moves. RIP Hiram and Curtis. You both are super fly.
David Sanborn - saxophone, Philippe Suisse - keys, Hiram Bullock - guitar, Tom Barney - bass, Omar Hakim - drums. I don’t know who the percussionist is. He’s not in the closing credits.
I first heard this song as performed by the band The Titans, on a compilation of music from Specialty Records in New Orleans (Sonny Bono was a house producer). This version is by a different New Orleans artist, but the arrangement is pretty much unchanged. Released in 1958, this single was a million seller for Huey Smith, and proved to be his biggest hit.
Massive Attack's Mezzanine is one of my favorite albums of the 90's and this song is my favorite on the record. The track features vocals by Elizabeth Fraser of Cocteau Twins and is said to be written about her good friend Jeff Buckley. Let's get ethereal!
Let's kick this week in the teeth!
ELO original member Mike Edwards died last week when a hay bale crashed into his van in Devon, England. The cellist played with the group from its inception until 1975. What a way to go. RIP.
PS. Our sister site Newstalgia has for its weekend concert offering Parliament-Funkadelic Live In Washington - 1978.