MEDIA BLACKOUT #583.216!
Little Stevie Wonder – Tribute To Sister Ray (Blowtown) :: I wish...
PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Isaac Hayes – Juicy Fruit (Disco Freak) (Hot Buttered Stax) :: Hello there, children!
After the well-deserved reaming that I gave the mis-mastered Black Moses last week, I’m pleased to give this
guilty pleasure from 1976 a resounding rave reissue review.
Did I say guilty pleasure? Well, maybe it’s eternally embarrassing
for you to admit but say it loud: I’m a disco freak and I’m proud! My favorite Bowie song? “John, I’m
Only Dancing (Again)”! Roxy Music? “Dance Away”! Rolling Stones? “Miss You”! KISS? “I
Was Made For Loving You”! Lou Reed? “Disco Mystic”! That’s right, while you were sucking in the ’70s
to the plodding puds of Boston and Buffett, I was snortin’ up the sexy sounds of Donna Summer, Pattie Brooks, Gloria
Gaynor, Andrea True, and Amanda Lear.
Now when it came to canvassing the brother contingency, there’s no denying that James Brown hit
the apex of audaciousness when he asked: “Stevie Wonder, do you see those cakes? Brother Ray Charles, I know you see
those cakes!” on his booty call anthem, “For Goodness Sakes, Look At Those Cakes.” But guess who first laid
the groundwork for such “cheekiness” years earlier with this ribald title track rap?
HAYES: Say, Miss, my partner wanna
know somethin’ here. He said that you had the mumps when you were a kid and both your jaw swoll up and they went down
in your chest. Is that true?
MISS: Naw...them wasn’t mumps, them was lumps.
HAYES: Well, I guess you’re tryin’ to tell
me them watermelons in your back pockets too.
MISS: Yeah...y’wanna squeeze?
HAYES: Man, she’s a juicy fruit.
MISS: Yeah ... anybody
wanna stick o’this?
HAYES: Juicy fruit? She got fruits all over!
Supplemented by such smooth sonic seducers as “Music To Make Love By”
and “Lady Of The Night,” this is an ace album of aural arousers that’ll have you pulling out your hatchet
to cut that head until the juices run out!
Be seeing you!