This one starts off mellow and gets pretty hot and sweaty by the end. It’s been sounding good to me on these long sunny days we’ve been having. Perhaps you will enjoy it as well.

Playlist:

Love & a Nice Set of Wheels Venus Flytrap (Tim Reid)
Most of the cast of WKRP has passed on at this point, but Tim Reid is still with us at 79, may the Funk bless and keep him.

Let’s Do It Again The Staple Singers
“‘Let’s Do It Again” is a song by the Staple Singers. Written by Curtis Mayfield, it was part of the soundtrack for the Bill Cosby/Sidney Poitier film Let’s Do It Again. The single reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart on December 27, 1975, the day before Roebuck ‘Pops’ Staples’ 61st birthday, and also spent two non-consecutive weeks at the top of the Hot Soul Singles chart. It was the last major hit by the group.” —Wikipedia

It Was a Good Day (remix) Ice Cube

Over the past few weeks, fans of both hip-hop and CSI-style investigating were in the thrall of a blogger who deduced that he had determined the exact day around which Ice Cube’s legendary hit “It Was a Good Day” was based. Cube drops a handful of clues throughout the track, including the fact that the Lakers beat the SuperSonics, there was no smog, and beepers were in use. .At the end of the day, the blog decided that the official “good day” was January 20, 1992. Happily ever after, right?

Except that a week later, a second blogger took a different look at the evidence, noting that the initial timeline of beeper availability was off, as was the series of events that led to Cube moving out of his mom’s house. The new date? Nov. 30, 1988.

Of course, it was only a matter of time before somebody checked in with Cube himself, and it turns out that the real date was something we all should have seen coming all along: It doesn’t exist.

“It’s a fictional song,” Cube explained during an interview with Moviefone about 21 Jump Street. “It’s basically my interpretation of what a great day would be. Do you know what I’m saying? So, you know, it’s a little of this and a little of that. I don’t think you can pinpoint the day.”

—Entertainment Weekly, March 5, 2012

Use Me Supermule
“The Bay Area’s SUPERMULE is a tough band to categorize, and that’s just one of the reasons its new self-produced EP, ‘Northern White Clouds,’ ought to be on your permanent playlist. The album is a savvy mix of covers (the title track by Bill Monroe, Bill Withers’ “Use Me”) and original material.” —San Francisco Chronicle, June 2013

Ace of Spades O.V. Wright
I learned about this song from Benjamin Booker, who said he used it to get pumped up backstage before shows. I guess it works; he did a great one when I saw him… geez, was it, like, seven years ago now? Where have you gone, Benjamin?

Get Yo Shit Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears
I feel like there’s some stereotyping going on here, but since it’s Joe Lewis doing it, hopefully that makes it OK.

Snatching It Back Clarence Carter
”Goddamn, I love this fucking song.” —YouTube commenter “MrButtcrackJones”

Funky to the Bone Freddi/Henchi and the Soulsetters
“In Colorado, front-men ‘Freddie Love’ Gowdy and ‘Henchi’ Graves earned over three decades a reputation as an indefatigable, Boulder-based musical party act popular on the state’s college circuit. But the roots of Freddi and Henchi actually stretch back to the desert city of Phoenix. Arizona, in the mid-1960’s. It was there that group members first established their exciting stage presence through live shows at long-gone local nightclubs. And under the guidance of Hadley Murrell, they created their fun-loving recording identity as the good-humored Crown Princes of Funk.” —Marmosetmusic.com

Gossip Cyril Neville
We are gradually losing the Neville Brothers, though Cyril (the youngest at 75) and Aaron (83) are still with us. Some of the younger Nevilles play in bands like Dumpstaphunk. Hopefully the DNA will live on forever.

Fairchild Willie West
“Willie West is one of the original Soul and Blues men. He was born Millard Leon West on December 8, 1941 in Raceland, Louisiana, a stone’s throw from New Orleans. He started singing at 15 when he and his cousins formed a band they called The Sharks. He was known for his high energy performances and wide vocal range. The band became very popular in the local clubs and venues. Willie wrote and recorded his first vinyl 45 in 1959 called, ‘Did You Have Fun’ for Dorothy Lee’s Rustone label. His mother had to sign the contract for him as he was just 17. The song became a regional hit and made the Billboard charts. He moved to New Orleans in 1960, where he lived until Hurricane Katrina. Besides his successful solo career, he has fronted many notable New Orleans bands including The Meters, Electric Soul Train, Oliver and the Rockets, the Gladiators with David Batiste and Uptown Rulers with Aaron and Charles Neville and Bobby Love.” —Williewestofficial.com

It’s Your Thing The Isley Brothers
It’s not often remarked upon that the “thing” here is a vagina, and that Ronald Isley is telling his woman that he doesn’t own it and that she’s free to do with it as she pleases. This seems quietly revolutionary in its way, especially within the macho culture of soul music (see: “Ace of Spades”).

It’s Your Thing Cold Grits
TIL that the Jackson 5 also did this song. I don’t know whether that’s cute or creepy:

It’s Your Thing/Hey Pocky A-Way Lefties Soul Connection
“Lefties Soul Connection has developed rapidly into the best and coolest funk bands, and even one of the best rock bands of the Netherlands. 5 stars!” – Volkskrant (Dutch national newspaper‚

Hey Pocky A-Way The Meters
“It’s my understanding that Pocky A Way means to get out of the way, as in getting out of the way of the Mardi Gras parade coming toward you. Get out of the way or get run down.” —SongMeanings commenter “bruce11055”

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