New year, same shit? Only if you let it be. I’m shooting for different shit this year. I never make New Year Resolutions, but I do make goals that I shoot for. This year, I’m trying to make sure to get a post out every Sunday. I know nobody really reads this at this point, it’s more of something fun for me. I like going through old albums to find something to fit my mood on a post. Plus, it justifies me going to the Wrecka Stows once a week, and buying equipment that I need to be productive. Remember, I do this all for you.
The first song of the new year is one that has been stuck in my head ever since I found the album in the vault. Everyone compared Lisa Stansfield to Tina Marie when she first came out, mainly because she was a white chick that could blow like a black chick. Now I don’t think that Lisa was the all-around musician that Tina was, but she did put out songs that were Soul inspired. Off of her Affection album, everyone remembers All Around the World, and everyone in the rap game sampled it . It’s had a ready-made Hip Hop/House beat, and the girl could blow. The song that’s stuck in my head, though, is You Can’t Deny It. It had the same Hip-House beat of the 90s, but to me it had a more retro-soul vibe to it. It sounds like a Barry White and the Love Unlimited Orchestra production. The word is lush. And even though I haven’t posted anything from him yet, who doesn’t love them some Barry White?
So now that I have exorcised that song from my head, I’m free to bring more covers from Benson and Earland, and a nice acid-funk joint from Paul Humphrey. I bought Billy Larkin & The Delegates solely for his take on the Playboy Theme from Playboy After Dark. I’m assuming most of you have never seen or even know that Playboy used to have a tv show. It only ran from 1969 to 1970, and I was only a year old, but they showed reruns of it when I was 8 and living in Germany. It wasn’t the show I was expecting, it was mainly Hugh Hefner lounging about is his smoking jacket surrounded by young folks while his guest from Hollywood and musicians would talk shit and be served drinks and cigarettes by Playboy Bunnies. Clearly not the show I was expecting to see, but he would have like Sammy Davis Jr. or Nina Simone on there talking shit and singing, so it sort of made up for my disappointment. Anyway, I always loved the theme from the show, which had the same lush, cool sound to it. I had totally forgot about it till I saw Larkin’s album, so at $1, that was an easy sale.
Happy New Year everyone. I’ll have more of what you’re funkin’ for, this year. And I lied earlier, like Heisenberg, I do this for me.
Ladies and Gentlemen:
You Can’t Deny It- Lisa Stansfield
White Rabbit- George Benson
Sing a Simple Song- Charles Earland
Baby Rice- Paul Humphrey and The Cool Aid Chemists
Playboy Theme- Billy Larkin and The Delegates