Daily Discovery - Brass Monkey b/w Funky Monkey by Brass Monkey - Funk Soul 45 on Flip Publishing #7772
How can I share a group and song called Brass Monkey without mentioning the Beastie Boys? It makes me think, could this record title have inspired their famous lyrics, "Brass Monkey, that Funky Monkey"? Who is this potentially influential Brass Monkey group? I'm not sure. What I am sure of is that this funky little tune was written by Freeman King and Murray Langston, who were on the Laff Record label. These two comedians had an album on the same label that produced comic geniuses such as, Redd Foxx, Richard Pryor & George Carlin. You may recognize the name Murray Langston who is also known as the "Unknown Comic". Could it be King & Langston singing with girl group backing them, or did they just write the song? The world may never know the answer to these questions. Whether we ever find out or not, enjoy!
Daily Discovery - The Watts Breakaway b/w You Can Depend On Me by Johnny Otis Show vocal by Delmar Evans - Funk Soul 45 on Okeh Records #7332
There were a ton of dances being created in the 60's and 70's. Not sure what this dance looks like but in case you forgot it's name Johnny Otis asks the lead vocalist, Delmar Evans, "Say what do you call that dance again, Delmar?". For you beat heads there are two nice breaks with some "uh and ah" going on, so it's not a super clean break but still nice. A little while later Johnny asks Delmar "How come I can't do this Watts Breakaway dance good as you can?". Delmar's response is probably one of the best responses to a question I've heard in a while, "I'll tell you why, Johnny! Cuz I'm the duckin-est dodgin-est, dancin-est cat you ever knew!". I think I'm going to answer a few questions with that retort over the next few days and let you know how it goes. Enjoy!
Daily Discovery - Come On In The House b/w Little Green Apples by ALFRED PEE WEE ELLIS Funk Soul 45 on King Records #6199
The only man I have ever known to have the "Golden Touch" is James Brown, anything with this man's name on it is worth a listen. This record in particular has a sound that I love, the party sound. I imagine a house party with not one person hugging the wall and every one having a good time letting loose. Who wouldn't want to have a band that sounds like this playing at their party. The only place that this record couldn't get moving is a morgue, with all the life and energy that Alfred & Band bring, even there I may be wrong.
Daily Discovery - Uphill Peace Of Mind by The Gospel Truth - Funk Soul 45 on Kayvette #5123. Flip side is the same. Florida sunshine Soul.
So much soul and emotion in their voices. I hear and feel the struggle and will to climb to a higher plane with these guys. I'm always searching for a better way, this gives me motivation to keep climbing. I would love to find more by this group but at the moment this is their only record in my collection. Any one know any other songs by this band?
Daily Discovery - Honky Tonk Popcorn by Bill Doggett featuring James Brown - Funk Soul 45 on King Records #6239. Flip side is "Honky Tonk". Great Funk double sider.
Sampled on "Are You Ready" by The Beatnuts featuring Grand Puba. Also sampled and twisted on Funky Acid Stuff by Luke Vibert. Both cool versions. Put some funk in your trunk. James Brown productions were ahead of their time in my opinion.
Daily Find - I'll Be Your Santa Baby by Rufus Thomas - Christmas Funk Soul 45 on Stax #0187. Flip side "That Makes Christmas Day"
Dedicate this to the love of your life or that person you have always wanted to talk dirty to but didn't know how. You can thank me later. If it works for Rufus it should work for us, right??
Daily Discovery - Humpin' by Bar-Kays. Funk Soul tune that was sampled by Ice Cube in "AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted" and by Black Sheep in "The Choice Is Yours". In other words, Humpin' will forever live in Rap/Hip Hop junky's mind. If you didn't know that, know you know.