302: “Africadelic” by Manu Dibango

A gentleman is a man who can play the accordion but doesn't. I kid, I kid.Someone (could it be Manu Dibango?) creeps up behind you, and puts a cloth sack over your head. The weave is thin enough that you can still see through a little, and it appears that three furries now steadily approach, poised to lunge. But they are backlit, and depth of perception is difficult. Also, you are swinging your arms wildly because there is an unwelcome sack on your head.

You’re on the ground. Two furries are sitting on your legs and one on your left arm. The sack is no longer on your head. Manu Dibango sits down heavily on your chest, and forcefully takes your right arm. He sloppily sucks the tip of your index finger and puts it deep into his own ear, groaning a little when it feels like it’s going farther than physics would permit.

Out of the other side of his head pops a powerfully adorable puppy. The word “adorable” does not, in fact, begin to capture the emotional power of this puppy’s appeal. It feels like this puppy will pull your soul out through your eyeballs with its cuteness. You cannot breathe, it is so cute…

Why won’t Manu Dibango get off your chest?

You wake with a start. There is a cat sitting on your chest. It is staring at you. It knows you were dreaming about that puppy. You get out of bed, brush your teeth, put the cat in the blender, and get dressed for work.


“Africadelic” (1973) by:
Manu Dibango:
-Born in 1933 in Cameroon
-Saxophonist, Vibraphonist
-Biggest hit: “Soul Makossa” (1972)
-The world’s foremost dream interpreter
-Butter sculptor (unsalted)
-Dog lover


Live to dream. And enjoy.

Song: Africadelic
Artist: Manu Dibango
Album: The Very Best of Manu Dibango: Afro Soul Jazz from the Original Makossa Man
Buy from: Amazon | iTunes
Listen: MOG | Spotify
Watch: YouTube

260: “What Is Hip?” by Tower of Power

The White Side Of The MoonHoly sack of  bran muffins, I haven’t posted any Tower of Power yet!!

Perhaps Sauron is controlling my behavior…

I must fight as hard as any stupid, little hobbit can.

Luckily, Tower of Power is very strong. Yesssss.


Song: What Is Hip?
Artist: Tower of Power
Album: Rhino Hi-Five: Tower of Power
Label: Rhino/Warner Bros
Buy from: Amazon | iTunes
Listen: MOG | Spotify
Watch: YouTube

199: “The Dump” by Soul Vibrations, Lettuce

"The Dump" was the nickname of the Soul Vibrations' drummer.I recently stumbled across the original version of a song covered by Lettuce on their 2002 album, Outta Here.  Lettuce is partially composed of members of the band Soulive, and the band was named for their early days when they had to beg for equipment and playing time… “let us use your drum kit,” or “let us play.” Hence, “Lettuce.”  The original version of “The Dump” (1973) is by a band called Soul Vibrations, and you can still get their version on re-released vinyl.

Wrap your hips around “The Dump” and shake it around.

Two versions below for your Friday enjoyment.  Getcha some.

Song: The Dump
Artist: Soul Vibrations
Label: Now-Again Records
Buy from: Discogs
Watch: YouTube


Song: The Dump
Artist: Lettuce
Album: Outta Here
Label: ESC Records
Buy from: Amazon | iTunes
Watch: YouTube

138: “Damn” by The Nite-Liters

Funk booty points for body painting album cover!!Damn.  2011 gonna be a good year.

The Nite-Liters became New Birth.  This down and dirty funk track is from 1973, from the album A-Nal-Y-Sis.


Song: Damn
Artist: The Nite-Liters
Album: A-Nal-Y-Sis
Label: Dusty Groove America
Buy from: Amazon

117: “Garbage Man” by Ike Turner Presents The Family Vibes


Keep looking at me, bitch.  See what happens.Here’s a gem by Ike Turner Presents The Family Vibes from a 1973 recording, Confined To Soul.

“Garbage Man” is quite funny.  Seduction funk, garbage man style.

And remember, don’t ever beat your woman.  No matter how much she talks back.


Song: Garbage Man
Artist: Ike Turner Presents The Family Vibes
Album: The History Of Funk Vol 1, In Yo Face!
Label: Rhino/Wea
Buy from: Amazon (CD Only)

104: “The Streetbeater” (Sanford and Son Theme) by Quincy Jones

I'm coming Martha!!

Click image to see artist's blog.

Who doesn’t love this tune?

You gotta appreciate the little things.

I count a few television show’s theme songs as true blessings to us all:

Sanford and Son.
The Jeffersons.
Diff’rent Strokes.
The Facts of Life.

And those are just a few of the funky ones.  It’s an art that’s lost in most of today’s television.  Not enough time for all that hooey nowadays!

Well, I’m here to steal 3 minutes of your time, that quite possibly might have sucked otherwise, and give you a listen to “The Streetbeater” from Quincy Jones (You’ve Got It Bad, Girl 1973), better known to you and me as the theme song for Sanford and Son.

Turn off the tv, and enjoy.

Song: The Streetbeater
Artist: Quincy Jones
Album: You’ve Got It Bad, Girl
Label: A&M Jazz
Buy from: Amazon | iTunes

95: “Slinky” by The Awakening


Brothers' heads are in a desert.The band, The Awakening, recorded Mirage way back in 1973 for the label Black Jazz.  It was reissued this year.

Groove on, and enjoy.

Song: Slinky
Artist: The Awakening
Album: Mirage
Label: Black Jazz
Buy from: Amazon | iTunes

90: “In Time” by Sly & The Family Stone

This dude has magic pants.If you haven’t heard this in the past week, listen to it now.  Bonus track below it.

Sly & The Family Stone were a short-lived phenomenon, but they packed in the tunes while they were together.

Did you know Sly invented or at least popularized the term “Different strokes for different folks” in the song “Everyday People”?  Without this phrase, Willis and Arnold Drummond might never have had their break…

Here’s “In Time” from Fresh (1973).  Enjoy.

Song: In Time
Artist: Sly & The Family Stone
Album: Fresh
Label: Epic/Fantasy
Buy from: Amazon | iTunes