Thursday, September 20, 2012

Everybody plays the fool

Super Bad

In 1972 I was in 2nd grade. I saw a record advertised on TV called Super Bad and I NEEEEEDED to have it. It was put out by K-Tel label. It must have been really important for me to have because I somehow got my mother to get it for me and that was rare. I did not get a lot of things. I must have worked really hard to make that happen, but I have no memory of  that because it was all eclipsed by getting it.
It was a Funk and Soul collection and the cover was the words Super bad, spray painted on a wall, you dig what they are getting at? The vinyl had James Brown “Get On the Goodfoot” and Isaac Hayes “Shaft”. I was a bit too young to fully appreciate serious funk, but I liked it. I was curious about “I Gotcha” by Joe Tex, a song that struck me as weird at that young age, why did she promise and then not give it, and why is he demanding it?
At the time I felt that the two best songs on the collection were “Band of Gold” which had a pretty great opening and “Everybody Plays the Fool” by the Main Ingredient, which I thought was “Everybody Plays the Flute Sometime” because there is a solo instrument in the intro/riff that sounds like a flute. What did I know? Not a lot, but I really dug that record. I played it all the time. I had passion for music at 4 years old and 5, 6 and 7 and on and on. Make it happen, follow your bliss, go where it is warm, go where your heart leads you. Dig it brothers and sisters.
Love to you all,

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