Bobby Womack’s passing led me to an R&B binge this weekend and I would be remiss if I didn’t share one of the all-time greatest songs, O.V. Wright’s “A Nickel And A Nail”.
Unbelievable vocals and Willie Mitchell’s production, with the Hi Records Rhythm Section and the Memphis Horns thrown in – what more do you need?
Bobby Womack, dead at 70. “Across 110th Street” is one of my all-time R&B faves.
I hope you guys got “Hotel California” out of your system, but in case you didn’t, here’s Marah’s “Round-Eye Blues”, from their wonderful Kids in Philly album, to help.
That is such a brilliant mash-up of alt-country/roots rock (Steve Earle helped with the album), Springsteen sentiment and R&B references. Not to mention the Phil Specter tribute that wraps the song – that forty-second lead in is sublime. Topped with great lyrics about Vietnam, like this:
But late at night I could still hear the cries
Of three black guys I seen, take it in the face
I think about them, sweet Motown girls, they left behind
And the assholes that took their place
Just a fabulous song. And a real palate cleanser…
In honor of the news that preseason camp opens July 31, here’s the Fab Four with “It Won’t Be Long”:
Sam Phillips’ “I Need Love”, from her album Martinis and Bikinis, popped up on my iPod this weekend and I cannot get the chorus out of my head. Maybe it’ll earworm its way into yours. Here’s a great live version she performed with her then-husband, T Bone Burnett:
And, yes, she is one and the same as this:
Kind of ironic they cast her as a mute in the movie.
Cosmic Dawg got me with the “Red Dawg’s under illegal legs” comment yesterday, so here’s Elvis Costello’s “Watching the Detectives”.
Hard to believe that song is almost forty years old.
On the wings of news that Eric Dickerson – Eric Dickerson! – has lent his public support to the O’Bannon plaintiffs, I thought this was an appropriate choice: