Saturday, December 17, 2011

bought this record at the time

don't remember this "Plunky" though -- pretty sure it got put out in the U.K. as just Oneness of Juju

it was almost a hit in the U.K.

back then i thought they were this one-off group but in recent years realised that
Oneness of Juju have this extensive history going back into jazz-funk-fusion and Afrocentric mystical what-not

"Kazi", "Poo Too"? these titles would have raised a snigger from scato-puerile Brits i fear

they remind me a tiny bit of this outfit, whose fab hit "The Message" i had on one of those great Soul Gold comps, the ones with the graffiti wall covers

that last one is said to have been ripped off by Stone Roses for "Fool's Gold"

then there was this lot -- mixed African and Caribbean band, often described as "African Rock", pitched to the prog market

produced by Tony Visconti

in some ways not a million miles from War

"Low Rider" at one point i thought was the ultimate song

love the Beastie Boys but can't help but empathise with War's indignation that the Beasties got into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame before they did

Howard Scott (vocalist and founding member of War) griped: “We were cranking out gold records when they were still in diapers. How could the Beastie Boys get in before us when they sampled War's music on their first album?! I'll eat their platinum records!"

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