Strange Playground Games & Things

The playground of the school I work rests atop a fairly sizable hill, which provides a different perspective of the sunset.  Here are some more photos of a recent sunset.  Dust, aerosol particles and other small particles kicked up by the activity of the day create such magic.


Jay Dee’s “Strange Funky Games & Things” off 1974’s Come On In Love is addicting.  Side effects of listening to it may include: smiling, finger snappin’ & feet tappin’.  The anticipation built by the intro is as titillating as the climax is rewarding.  Gorgeous strings caress while guitars stroke.  A piano tease leads into full-blown ivory tickling while bass strings are fingered.  Multiple eargasms!  All within the first three minutes.  The guitar at the end is the finisher.  Strange funky games and things!

While listening to it, the production sounded familiar, so I tried to do some digging.  Unfortunately, Come On In Love, and Jay Dee, seem to be almost forgotten.  There is no mention of them in my funk listening companion and even the internet is lacking  knowledge.  However, I was able to discover that Barry White was responsible for the production, and most of the songwriting.  Update: While listening to the track one more time I picked up Barry White’s voice at the 5:21 mark.  Listen for the deep backing vocal after the Jay Dee “yeah.”  It doesn’t sound like Barry is saying “yeah” just making a similar sound.  Now it is time to find that pesky Carmen Sandiego.


Brick’s “Southern Sunset” off of its’ 1976 debut release Good High, which reached #1 on the R&B charts and #19 on the pop, is a light, jazzy number.  Jimmy Brown’s sax and flute parts compliment each other as well.  When Reggie Harris starts laying down the funky rhythm guitar around the 2:40 mark, the song really takes off.

Brick was formed in 1972 in Atlanta.  Having played in clubs for four years, the sound on Good High is polished.  They had their biggest hit with “Dazz,” also off of Good High.  “Dazz” is a contraction reflecting their hybrid sound of “danceable disco-jazz.”  A bouncy bass line powers the bottom from the beginning until it quickly drops out of the mix.  A flute flutters over the top of the imaginary bottom when the avalanche drops.  More and more elements are added as the peak nears.  Released on the Bang label, Brick definitely brought the bang.


Z-Rock Hawaii is made up of Ween, the Boredoms, and Andrew Weiss, some producer I am unfamiliar with.  The group has made several albums together.  The self-titled 1996 debut release is the best of them.  “Sunset Over Osaka” is the final song on the record.  Weird sounds move around the pretty melody provided by the guitars.

Here are two throwaway shots tweaked in photoshop.


The Cunninlynguists’ “Sunrise/Sunset” is off of 2003’s Southernunderground.  An ill, unsettling beat accompanies the rhymes dropped by Deacon the Villain and Mr. SOS  “I still find a liquor bottle to hollow”.


A Happy Parliafunkdelicment Thangday post will be coming after work.


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