My partner came in to the room when I was playing this song the other day. She listened for a moment before asking “funky disco stuff, huh?” And, why yes, as a matter of fact it is, but not the disco that you would expect. It is the Grateful Dead. That is right, “Disco isn’t Dead”, it’s Grateful Dead. I have always heard less than favourable comments about the album “Shakedown Street” by The Grateful Dead, but when I saw it going rather cheap at JB Hi-Fi I picked it up. It is the remastered and expanded edition from Rhino after all. Plus, it has a Lowell George connection; he is credited as the producer, but really from all accounts he was just hanging out in the studio. So I gave it a chance and I can affirm that it is not a legendary Grateful Dead album, but it does have some good moments and I think this title track is one of them. And yes, they were going for a disco feel. This was the late 70s after all and everyone was going for a disco feel. I have even heard the Beach Boys do disco, but I might save that for some other time.
I love it when things flow on from one another, and since we had the progression from Chad and Jeremy to Peter and Gordon, let’s continue on with this logic and turn the attention to another player in this week’s vinyl triptych, namely Jan Akkerman. Read the rest of this entry »
I tried a little youcube experiment. The idea worked out better than the execution. Have all six sides of a cube playing a different youtube clip and as you rotate the cube each bit progresses along. So armed with a theme, food, I created the lunchbox, with 6 food songs. However, I could never get more than three songs/clips to play all at once. The result was a cube with blank spaces more often than not. Read the rest of this entry »