Friday, March 20, 2009

Punk and Soul tonight!

Sorry I missed a night updating, I was in the last patch of land in NJ that didn't have free internet I could steal. But I got some good old punk and soul/funk to make up for it.

The Lurkers were one of the first British punk bands, and this is probably their definitive 7". They're often painfully underrated and under-appreciated, which is a bummer. "Ain't Got a Clue" b/w "Ooh! Ooh! I Love You." "Ain't Got a Clue" is one of my favorite punk songs ever, and usually makes others' lists as well. It's super simple, straight ahead '77-style British punk. The b-side is another straight-forward punk song with a great hook. This stuff isn't screamy or as angry as, say, The Sex Pistols. It's just good, hard rock and roll from young dudes who kicked some ass. Download both sides:

And the soul/funk portion today will be The Parliaments - "Good Old Music" b/w "Time." The Parliaments were, of course, George Clinton's vocal group before giving birth to Parliament and Funkadelic, and ultimately what is now known as "P-Funk", or whatever they go by nowadays. "Good Old Music" is super funky, with fuzzed-out guitar, nasty organ, and heavy drums. This song is choc-full-o' samples for you beat-makers out there. It's closer to the George Clinton you've come to love since 1970 or so. "Time" is more of a straight-forward late 60's soul tune. And since it's on the Revilot label and has that "Northern Soul" sound, you might even classify it as such. It's simply an awesome 45 on both sides, so download them below:

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