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Dave Cortez and the Moon People “Happy Soul (with a HOOK)”

July 30, 2007

This weekend every major media outlet focused their energy on the “crisis” in southern California, Lindsey Lohan’s DUI arrest. After indulging in the story for a few laughs, things got really serious when Headline News brought on addiction expert Joey Buttafuocco to weigh in on the topic. I suppose they thought he could offer some rational advice on how to deal with young ladies. Seriously though…….Joey Buttafuocco. What were they thinking!!!???

Anyhow, the downward spiral of Miss Lindsey Lohan got me thinking about Chrsitina Aguilera, and how she has avoided all of this nonsense by using her musical talent to garner great press.

She made the right decision by having DJ Premier produce her most recent album. The lead single, “Aint No Other Man” contains a sample from the song “Happy Soul (with a HOOK)” by Dave Cortez and the Moon People.

The song, released in 1968 on Speed Records, is a take on the Archie Bell and the Drells classic “Tighten-Up.” It features great guitar and organ work, but the true genius of the track is the interplay between the drums and the horn section.

After searching for a while, I finally tracked down a copy of this record at a flea market in Connecticut. If you’d like to own it on CD, you can purchase this compilation, which features the song and some similar songs that you might like.

Look out for my next post, which will feature Joey Buttafuoco’s top 5 favorite funk songs of all time.

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It’ll make you wanna scream!

July 26, 2007

One of the most satisfying aspects of searching for records is the experience of discovering something that you’ve never heard before. For me, there’s nothing like letting the needle hit the groove and having my senses satisfied by the soul of the past. With each revolution of the turntable, I’m taken to a place that I’ve never been before. It’s sort of like the first time you fell in love…. minus the heartache. 

I was reminded of this “feeling” recently when I found  a copy of “What is this?” by Allison and Calvin Turner. A couple of weeks back I went digging through a warehouse, which had a ton of 45s. After about 3 hours of picking through Fleetwood Mac and Madonna records I stumbled across this rare piece of Indiana funk history. The song has all the elements of a great funk track–a driving bass line, a steady mix of drums and bongos, and a soulful vocal arrangement.

I’ve been playing this track non-stop for the past couple of weeks and it got me thinking. “What is this?” is a question we ask ourselves when things feel surreal. Whether it’s love or musical discovery, the answer always lies in our ability to embrace the feeling. So sit back, relax and enjoy this track……”it’ll make you wanna scream!”

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