Show 375: The dB's, Solange Review, Greg's DIJ
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1 Guitarist and Ohio Players frontman Leroy “Sugarfoot” Bonner died of undisclosed causes this week at the age of 69. The group’s string of ‘70s albums for Westbound and Mercury Records, driven by Bonner’s lead vocals and electrifying double-neck guitar work, stands as one of the most impressive runs in funk history. Their distinct sound found new life in the in the late ‘80s and ‘90s as countless hip hop artists sampled the group’s work (a Red Hot Chili Peppers cover of “Love Rollercoaster” on the soundtrack for Beavis and Butthead Do America didn’t hurt either). Greg highlights “Skin Tight” as prime example of Bonner’s musical legacy.
2 This week the dB’s, one of power pop’s great underexposed bands, stops by the Sound Opinions studio for an interview and a brief live set. The group came together in 1978 as part of New York City’s punk and new wave scene, and put out two classic, but minimally distributed albums before singer/guitarist Chris Stamey left the group. Two more low profile records followed before the group broke up in 1988. Now the original dB’s lineup is back with a new album, Falling Off the Sky. Jim used to frequently go see this band live in their earliest days, and it’s clear that they haven’t lost a step in their few decades off. During their visit, the band rips through three songs from Falling Off the Sky, and Stamey and co-frontman Peter Holsapple talk with Jim and Greg about their early days in North Carolina, their label woes in the ‘80s, and their decision to reunite not for a paycheck, but just because they were itching to play again. After you hear their interview, check out these two bonus performances: “Happenstance” and “Neverland,” both from their second album Repurcussion.
3 Beyonce has been making a lot of news, with her lip-syncing and Superbowling, but we’re more interested in kid sis Solange. She has a new extended EP out called True, and both Jim and Greg say it’s a perfect, mini release. She sounds nothing like Beyonce and has been embracing alt-R&B and indie rock—exactly what you expect from someone who dragged her brother-in-law to a Grizzly Bear show. Greg is excited to hear her expand her sound even more on a full length album. And Jim compares True to the Scorcese flick After Hours. Solange gets a double Buy It.
4 Greg’s been in a Joni Mitchell phase, and is particularly smitten with the singer/songwriter’s 1972 release For the Roses. Between her folk phase and her avant-jazz phase, she released this record with the track “You Turn Me On, I’m a Radio.” Is it directed towards a romantic figure? Or a record company one? Add that question to the layers of sounds and influences from country to Latin to jazz, and you’ve got one wonderfully complicated song.
Songs Featured in Show #375
Ohio Players, “Love Rollercoaster,” Honey, Mercury, 1975
Ohio Players, “Skin Tight,” Skin Tight, Mercury, 1974
The dB’s, “Wonder of Love,” Falling Off the Sky, Bar None Records, 2012
Chris Bell, “I Am the Cosmos,” I Am the Cosmos, Rykodisc, 1992
The dB’s, “That Time is Gone,” (Live on Sound Opinions), Falling Off the Sky, Bar None Records, 2012
The dB’s, “Black and White,” Stands for Decibels, Albion Records, 1981
The dB’s, “The Fight,” Stands for Decibels, Albion Records, 1981
The dB’s, “The Adventures of Albatross and Doggerel,” (Live on Sound Opinions), Falling Off the Sky, Bar None Records, 2012
The dB’s, “World to Cry,” (Live on Sound Opinions), Falling Off the Sky, Bar None Records, 2012
The dB’s, “Dynamite,” Stands for Decibels, Albion Records, 1981
Solange Knowles, “Losing You,” True EP, Terrible Records, 2012
Solange Knowles, “Locked in Closets,” True EP, Terrible Records, 2012
Joni Mitchell, “You Turn Me on I’m a Radio,” For the Roses, Asylum, 1972
The Knife, “Full of Fire,” Shaking the Habitual, Rabid/Brille/Mute, 2013
Violent Femmes, “Telephone Book,” 3, Slash, 1989
Trey Parker, “Up There,” South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, Atlantic, 1999
Yo La Tengo, “Ohm,” Fade, Matador, 2013
The Mothers of Invention, “Who Needs the Peace Corps?,” We’re Only in it for the Money, Verve, 1968
Blondie, “Rapture,” Autoamerican, Chrysalis, 1980