This morning, while taking my daughter to school, I got shook! I mean completely knocked the hell over! I was utterly caught off-guard! Do you want to know what did it? A song! Yes my loves, I was knocked off my ass by a song.
Here’s the interesting part, the song that initiated all of this madness was not well known by the masses. However, it held special significance for me because I listened to it over and over during my pre-teen years. I guess I was pining away over a fictitious relationship that I ‘had’ with this dude down the street. Anyway, when I heard the song today, I was immediately bum-rushed by every single image that I had ever seen or imagined from the year 1981.
Now that I have sufficiently tortured you with preliminaries, I guess I should name that tune! Are you ready? It was “Who’s Been Kissing You?” by: Hot Cuisine. Yeah…you probably don’t know it right off hand. However, you can go to You-tube and check it out, here’s the link.
Whoa! I think I hear the distant chattering of ‘old head’ music buffs questioning my song knowledge. Well let me explain…
You see, I was lucky enough to have been born into a magical time and place. In this place, there reigned a powerful Godfather, not the Italian mobster; I am talking about Soul Brother Number One! Anyway, our Godfather infused the city’s airwaves with esoteric knowledge on ‘the good foot’ and ‘the one.’
Here’s a quick primer: ‘The good foot’ refers to the dance and the ‘the one’ refers to the beat. Now, if you require more information on either of these concepts you might want to consult with world renowned Funk Bassist Bootsy Collins.
Anyhow, as a natural born student of soul music, I would spend any given day in 1981 taping songs. You see, back in those days, we didn’t buy songs; we taped them as they were being played on the radio. In order to do this, you had to place a cassette tape into a tape recorder, press play/record, and sit it right next to the radio. Some might call that piracy; I choose to call it creativity.
At any rate, I would sit for hours waiting for the DJ to play my favorite songs so that I could include them on my tape. Most times this strategy worked pretty well. Then other times, not so much! I remember getting pissed when the DJ played my jam just as I was going to the bathroom or just as I was coming back from making a peanut butter sandwich. In cases like these, I either stopped in my tracks in order to try to record as much of the song as I could or I had to wait until the joker played it again. Damn! Kids today don’t know anything about that!
Now on days when I was particularly bored or had a bunch of cassettes, I would simply record everything that the DJ played-at least until I ran out of tapes.
Suffice it to say, I had collected a massive hodge-podge of songs from 1981 (and years prior). Some songs were popular and some were not. But once I had captured them onto my cassettes I learned them all! Hence, the reason that I know songs like “Gigolette” by Ozone-featuring Teena Marie or the song that tipped me over this morning! I hope you’re smiling!
What’s the point of all of this? Hell I don’t know! Just kidding! No, here’s the point, I have decided to post some of my favorite songs from the past along with a little commentary every Thursday. I would love to hear your feedback on my selections as well as your suggestions of other songs from that week’s time period. Just so you know, you can shoot me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss!
In the meantime, if you think you know a little sumthin’ about old school soul, funk and R&B GET AT ME!