Don’t worry I wont hurt you. I only want to have some fun. 1979 partying like it’s 1999.
In 1979, I discovered Prince by some unlikely characters. I was 18 years old, off to college, moving in to the freshman dorms at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Setting up my stereo was first on my list and then trying to figure out where to put all my surfboards in a very small room. I got the stereo working and put on Supertramp, Breakfast in America and turned up the volume.
Sam and Tony were my dorm neighbors, they had just arrived from Detroit, Michigan. They walked in to my room carrying Prince’s Dirty Mind album, and asking a bunch of questions about surfing and my surfboards. Sam took Supertramp off the turntable and put on Prince saying you gotta listen to this guy. If you don’t know, the cover of “Dirty Mind” it is picture of Prince wearing girls black underwear a bandana with a new romantic jacket. I was concerned about these two at best but the music was funky and had good groove.
As time went on Sam kept bugging me about wanting to learn how to surf. I finally took him one day to the beach, set him up with a wetsuit and a board. Sam was hooked after a few scrapes and tumble’s. I think he was one of the first black surfers on the Central Coast. I know he is still surfing, living the dream.
Now some 30 years later, Prince is on my regular rotation of music that I listen to while working. My lesson learned is never judge and album by its cover. I hope Prince is driving a little red Corvette to the beach, surfing perfect purple paisley waves somewhere, and partying like it’s 1999.
Purple and Paisley forever,
Given all the political attention (or tension) over a certain reality TV personality lately, I thought this would be a relevant and appropriate choice for Today’s Runner.
Living Colour hit the scene in 1988 with this, their debut, album Vivid and its mega hit Cult of Personality. Vivid lays funk, punk, alternative, jazz, soul and rap onto a solid bed rock n’ roll release and Living Colour deliveres it to the masses through exciting stage shows and interesting politically laced MTV music videos. I caught them at the Riviera Theater in 1989. It was a wild show and, I think probably the last time I indulged in the whole mosh pit experience. The album had a second minor hit in Glamour Boys and a great cover of Talking Heads’ Memories Can’t Wait. Other relevant highlights include the Zep inspired Desperate People, What’s Your Favorite Color and Which Way to America.
Webster defines Cult of Personality as: a situation in which a public figure (such as a political leader) is deliberately presented to the people of a country as a great person who should be admired and loved. The Donald may fit that definition even though the loudest voice proclaiming his admiration is his own. I just hope that when voting time comes around the rest of the country can distinguish between personality and genius.
We have lost another one. Maurice White, co-founder of Earth, Wind & Fire, died Thursday after a long battle with Parkinson’s. He was diagnosed in 1992 and his condition deteriorated in recent months. The disease had progressed to the point he was forced to stop touring 1994. In 2000, the band was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Maurice was individually inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2010.
Founded in Chicago in 1969 their debut album Earth Wind & Fire was released in 1971. They embodied cosmic, spiritually uplifting vibes which made them one of the most popular and beloved soul groups of the 1970’s.
Rest In Peace Maurice White…
Today’s Runner is Beck’s 1999 release Midnite Vultures, a superb mix of eastern funk-O-delic, electro-rappin, dance beat for a new 1000 years, guaranteed to get your booty shaking and make you squawk like a big bird. Check the bass!
If you like guitars, Rock, and Jazz you’re gonna love this! Today’s runner is Sco-Mule. Veteran southern rockers – Gov’t Mule team up with jazz guitar great – John Scofield for a live performance reminiscent of a classic Jeff Beck show.
There is something for everyone in this collaboration. Warren Haynes brings the rocking blues while Scofield swings and bops and together they cook great interpretations of Wayne Shorter’s Tom Thumb, James Brown as well as originals by both these two guitar masters. Add in some funky keyboard work by Dan Matrazzo, and the late Allen Woody’s concrete bass and you have a recipe for a gritty, soulful performance. Kind Of Bird!
Reserve this one for one of those long runs. It clocks in at 2-1/2 hours of hard bopping, foot pounding swagger and strut!
Enjoy it, and then buy it!
3-Doing It To Death
4-Birth of the Mule
6-Kind of Bird
1-Pass the Peas
2-Devil Likes It Slow
3-Hottentot (Alternate Version)
4-Kind of Bird (Alternate Version)