Monthly Archives: January 2010

That’ll Work (2001) – Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers (I Hear Ya! Records, 1988)

So I was checking out the new Lil’ Wayne mixtape, No Ceilings, and was surprised to hear the distinctive theme song from the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey sampled on the track Banned From T.V.

The track is solid right out of the gate. How Weezy comes up with these lyrics I will never know; this guy is constantly surprising me.

“Its Weezy mother fuckin’ / easy with the hatin’ / Bitch, I’m in the building / You just decorating / I’m just detonating  / then I get blatant / more things worse than internet dating”

I’m just trying to picture Weezy’s OKCupid profile–  About Me: I’m a beast, I’m a dog, I’m a mother fuckin’ problem. I also like to watch tennis

“I go hard like Rafael Nadal / And if the bitches were havin it, I bet we have them all / And man Im so high its like an ever-lasting fall / And I’m chargin these hoes like women basketball”

It reminded me of a weird Chuck Brown record I have that also samples the 2001 theme, That’ll Work (2001). Mr. Brown works the 2001 sample into a fairly straight-forward dance number, in the regional style of Go-Go music that he helped to popularize throughout the Washington D.C. area. This dude is a legend, if you like to shake your booty I highly recommend checking him out.

The 2001 theme was originally composed by Richard Strauss in 1896 as Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30 (Thus Spoke Zarathustra). The composition has been sampled and incorporated into many popular works of the 20th century, owning to its distinctive refrain and its public domain copyright status. Less royalties, more kush. I think Chuck and Weezy would both agree with that.

Lil’ Wayne  – Banned from T.V. (download&stream)

Chuck Brown – That’ll Do (2001) (download&stream)

Keys – Jon Keyworth (Aspen Records, 1978)

“If we had won the Super Bowl, I was going to appear on the Johnny Carson show,” Keyworth said. “After we lost, I was on the ‘Dinah Shore Show’ and the (Broncos’) song was adopted by the American Cancer Society as its theme song. I made one album after that, but I left that song off of it. How bonehead was that?”

The Cowboys won the Superbowl and Jon Keyworth went down the road of pop singer obscurity.
His record is now notable for its nudity, the otherwise stale LP features the naked bums of the 1978 Dever Broncos. The songs are boring late 70’s rockers, not quite bad enough to be ironic and no where near good enough to be listenable. He never made music history, but his butt will be preserved for posterior-arity.

Bastards – Monticello (Treehouse Records, 1989)

I swear, the first time I heard this album I thought “Gee, that sure sounds like Nirvana.” Not exactly like Nirvana, but you know, its in there. Maybe I just got confused because its a Butch Vig joint with a track named Lithium, but you gotta go with your gut on these things.

Picture it– 1989. Those grungesters in the northwest were busy shooting smack and buying flannel shirts. Meanwhile duo Joachim Brewer and Anthony Martin recorded this scorching LP in Minneapolis. Its cold there. And there is not a lot do to except hate the world and fantasize about stabbing people.

“Stick the knife into the hole / Cut you up / No self control”

Bastards – Hole (download&stream)

So who the heck are the Bastards? No, really who are they? I don’t know. They don’t pay me enough to do the research on these things. They really are quite a mystery. Look at this album back cover. Its got dude schlong on it, and yet it totally rocks. Such are the conundrums we must face in life.

“With a gun in my hand again / Lithium won’t make me happy”

Bastards – Lithium (download&stream)