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Hard News: It Began ... in Chicago

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  • andin, in reply to Jackie Clark,

    It must be time for a little funk/soul seeing as we're all dancing

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1211 posts Report Reply

  • Christopher Dempsey, in reply to Russell Brown,

    And I'm reminded that was the year of the BIG coat...

    Parnell / Tamaki-Auckland… • Since Sep 2008 • 642 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark, in reply to andin,

    Funkalicious, Andin!

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3123 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Grigg,

    And this, perhaps the greatest Trax release of them all (without the unnecessary vocal bits added in later years)

    Recorded on a cassette....

    edit: PAS doesn't recognise YouTube shortners it seems

    Just another klong... • Since Nov 2006 • 3206 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes, in reply to Jackie Clark,

    But there was another band who were sort of African,

    It began in Africa ca ca ca (which I think was Russell’s initial reference)
    Sooo, it could be any Band really. ;-)
    Gimmee another clue.
    Unless you were thinking of Toto,

    Come to think of it, doesn't that guy look like a younger Russell Brown. ;-)

    The wireless north ;-) • Since Dec 2006 • 4802 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Grigg, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Heh. I stand corrected.

    Only slightly - Jack Your Body made number one and the two were intertwined in many minds (and on many dancefloors) at the time.

    Just another klong... • Since Nov 2006 • 3206 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark, in reply to Steve Barnes,

    I love Toto - but no, it was this really uplifting song that they had. And I cannot remember the name of it. Something to do with spreading love or somesuch.

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3123 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Grigg, in reply to andin,

    It must be time for a little funk/soul seeing as we're all dancing

    It's a tune that has perhaps been played to death over the years but for about fifteen years Peter Urlich and I formed a New Years Eve DJ tag team and that was our midnighter. The acapella intro on the 12" is exactly 1 minute long and I'd drop it at one minute to twelve. The crowd would go nuts at the first drum beat which signalled the new year.

    So, yes, choon!!

    Just another klong... • Since Nov 2006 • 3206 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    Jackie's turned into a Hippy. ;-)

    The wireless north ;-) • Since Dec 2006 • 4802 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Grigg,

    I'm very concerned that Toto have edged their way into this thread. It needs to be dragged back from the abyss

    The non-trainspotters may wish to pass, but two quite wonderful vids of the Robert Owens performing a pair of 80s Chicago classics almost acapella in Melbourne in 2007.

    Goosebumps for me

    Just another klong... • Since Nov 2006 • 3206 posts Report Reply

  • andin, in reply to Jackie Clark,

    Not about saving our "funky ass"

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1211 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes, in reply to Simon Grigg,

    I'm very concerned that Toto have edged their way into this thread.

    Aha! Musical snobbery.
    I, for one, thought when I saw the title of this thread "Now, is this going to be about Sociology or Economics" Alas no, more like "Last night a DJ stole my life"
    Handbags at Dawn Simon...
    ;-)

    The wireless north ;-) • Since Dec 2006 • 4802 posts Report Reply

  • Jacqui Dunn,

    Sorry, Simon, but nostalgia might yet win. Here's a tiny bit (starts about 50 secs in) of something that got me bopping around in the day.

    Deepest, darkest Avondale… • Since Jul 2010 • 585 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Grigg, in reply to Jacqui Dunn,

    something that got me bopping around

    Dieter Meier and Boris Blank were, with Kraftwerk, the godfathers of all things Chicago and Detroit so it's a perfect fit, Jacqui

    Just another klong... • Since Nov 2006 • 3206 posts Report Reply

  • andin, in reply to Simon Grigg,

    There's a swag of version's on youtube so I just went for the single.
    Short and sweet

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1211 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark, in reply to Simon Grigg,

    Just briefly, Simon. God forbid. I know you are an arbiter of taste of great note, but I'm afraid I have always marched to the beat of my drum. And funnily enough, the things that got me bopping back in the day accompany me now on my power walks around the neighbourhood. I was a Cause Celebre/Grapevine/Alfies/Stanley's/Peppermint Park doyenne, me.

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3123 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark, in reply to andin,

    How did you know I liked jazz, andin? And I'm not averse to a bit of acid jazz either.

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3123 posts Report Reply

  • lynne walker, in reply to Sacha,

    Auckland • Since Jan 2011 • 13 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Grigg, in reply to Jackie Clark,

    Just briefly, Simon.

    Whoops sorry, I wasn't trying to stomp on Toto or your taste. As musicians those guys were / are peerless. It was more that the thread, musically, had veered off and I was being protective.

    Such of, course, is the nature of PAS.

    I like some of Paul McCartney's direst moments so I'm not one to hold a beacon to taste. I'm no arbiter of anything beyond 'I like'.

    Just another klong... • Since Nov 2006 • 3206 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark, in reply to Simon Grigg,

    All of us have such very different tastes. And thank goodness. Although it would be fantastic if at least one of my acquaintances shared my love of early Elton.

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3123 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Grigg, in reply to Jackie Clark,

    my love of early Elton.

    Madman Across The Water was a wonderful record, although I think it sounds a bit overblown now.

    I went to the Yellow Brick Road show at Western Springs around on 28th Feb, '74

    Now that was a spectacle....

    See, I'm pulling this thread off course now.

    The fix:

    Just another klong... • Since Nov 2006 • 3206 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Jackie Clark,

    All of us have such very different tastes. And thank goodness. Although it would be fantastic if at least one of my acquaintances shared my love of early Elton.

    Early Elton is the only Elton. I was surprised how many of my friends hadn't heard 'Tiny Dancer' until Almost Famous came out.

    I have a really good little recent BBC doco covering the early years, named after Madman Across the Water that I can share with you Jackie.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18836 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Simon Grigg,

    Dieter Meier and Boris Blank were, with Kraftwerk, the godfathers of all things Chicago and Detroit so it's a perfect fit, Jacqui

    Yes. Check how Kaftwerky the Virgo 4 track that leads off Trax Re-Edited sounds.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18836 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark, in reply to Russell Brown,

    OMG. I would love that. Thankyou Russell. And to be fair, I don't think Early Elton is the only Elton. My love for his music does kind of stop after the Reg Strikes Back album was released in 88, though. I don't have any of his albums for after that period.

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3123 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Jackie Clark,

    OMG. I would love that. Thankyou Russell.

    I'll be in touch.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18836 posts Report Reply

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