Mr. Busdriver, Spare a Poor Chap Some Pity.

“Everything Good is Bad” by the Politicians is a gorgeous song.  A beautiful melodic string mixes with an effective bass line, which sounds like it could be bass line on a hit Motown song.  Rhythm guitar also lets its’ presence be known.  I especially like the string arrangement around the 2:15 mark.  Embrace duality and the paradoxical nature of life.

After a few listens, I couldn’t deal with not knowing where that bass line came from.  My gut response placed the musicians in the Detroit-area, due to the Motown sound. My gut was right on.  In fact, the Politicians consisted of members from the Motown house band who had left to join Holland-Dozier-Holland, a new label from hit Motown songwriters.  This crew was joined by McKinley Jackson, a trombone player who came over from Funkadelic.  The Detroit music scene had to be so crazy back in the late 1960s and early 1970s.


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