The Louis Tully of Music Trivia also the guy Pepa WASN’T talkin to at the top of “Shoop”
I’m using my platform for #JanetJacksonAppreciation day for a slightly different reason: as a voting member of the @RockHall its criminal that @JanetJackson has NOT been inducted yet. 32 years ago today #Control dropped AND CHANGED EVERYTHING: including her brother AND the mentor of her producers jimmy & terry. Whether we credit it or not: Control was the first #NewJackSwing album. Yeah it was breakbeat free, but the young brash attitude made it a first. This was NOONEs kid sister. Prince famously drove to @flytetymejam’s house and threw the record at his door zero o’clock in the morning (hey, if you ain’t got no haters you ain’t poppin) not to take away from her peers in the RRHOF that made marks in the 80s. But half of them can NOT claim they changed music (this is just one album mind you) I know this tag is for other reasons but of all the double standard injustices, her not being inducted is HIGHLY criminal.
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In my opinion, the “Billie Jean” intro is the greatest example of something so simple that you take it for granted. But if you truly dissect it. It’s a complex compelling performance. The tone is spot on. Enough snap on the snare but not too thin that it enters Ska/James Brown crack snare territory. The amount of reverb #BruceSwedien applies is SPOT on perfect. The performance However is timeless like a tuxedo. Or a pair of chucks. Or jeans and white t shirt. It literally gives MJ his dna. You know what it is ONE SECOND in. Its creator, Jazz/funk great #NduguChancler (mind you on a GAZILLION other hit songs) passed away today. Giving all due respect and praise to the drummer that sparked a revolution of dance madness breakbeat mania. Rest easy king!
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The great #DennisEdwards wasn’t just God’s GIF(t) to Meme Culture (I’m still scratching my head about how a completely horrible video in the age of #BillieJean suddenly transforms to an art piece some 35 years later) Dennis was a complete miracle. In the #MtRushmore of gruff soul (the Father #MarvinJunior of #TheDells, the son Edwards, the Holy Ghost @EddieLevertSr & the disciple? #TeddyPendergrass no doubt) Black male crooners were standing on shaky ground as is. for the most part falsetto/silky smooth vocals was a survival code more than a choice. From #CyldeMcphatter to #TonyWilliams of #ThePlatters to #BillKenny of #TheInkSpots to #BillyStewart to #SmokeyRobinson to #JohnnyMathis to #NatKingCole— in the rock n roll era EVERY aspect of your presentation had to be non threatening from clothes (“street clothes” was late 60s but even then most labels had you fresh & clean) to album covers (#BerryGordy famously kept #TheIsleyBrothers OFF their #ThisOldHeartOfMine cover so that they wouldn’t scare off potential unknowing fans) to actual ALBUMS check BOTH live albums by #SamCooke the ultimate code switch move: his shelved until 20 years later #LiveAtTheHarlemClub was gritty & down home black (which was enough for his label to shelve it for fear that him SANGIN all gruff would mess up the pallet of his white fan base that came to love his silky gentle tenor—hence the #LiveAtTheCopa shows no sign of struggle blood nor sweat. Most of you that seen @EddieMurphyOfficial’s #Delirious know the “Teddy be scaring women into sleeping with him bit: “YOUGOTyougotYOUGOTWHATINEED!!”...”TURNEMOFF!!!!!!!!!” But pretty much BRASH masculinity was a risk not many labels were willing to take back in the day. Brother Ray was able to escape because his tone was more wise old man, than a threat. James Brown’s voice was ruff but almost in a female gospel belter way. Edwards was able to take his untouched vocal gruffs to higher levels than his contemporaries (He had Motown muscle)Note that Dennis is probably next to Phil Collins in the replacement more popular than OG member awards. Just want y’all to know his GRUFF was mana from heaven in a time where it was far & few between. Rest Well.
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Today’s @QLS guest transformed music. #LeonSylversiii helped transform the once lush but soon stale state of disco (Not to be confused w the culturally insensitive #DiscoSucks movement/coded language...but near 1978 good ideas were running low.....kinda like now) his brood @TheSylvers were imo the only group that coulda given @TheJacksons a run for their money (no doubt their harmony game was UN%+¥€WITABLE) but it was his solo turn as house producer for #SolarRecords that gave a new sound. Basically the genre called #Boogie (just hitting me now that the two proprietors came into the game w songs of boogie in the title—the other? #Heatwave’s #RodTemperton w #BoogieNights) Boogie has the DNA of disco but slowed WAY down so you can #2Step to it w Aunt Jackie & em At The BBQ. The musicianship was straight funk (Leon was an ACE bass player who’s strength was baselines so dope even @Prince was suspicious that @flytetymejam & #TerryLewis ghostproduced #TheWhispers #KeepOnLovingMe “giving the secrets away”) his influence is all over from the funk that @Jdilla & @PeteRock & #DrDre sampled to cats today like @dam_funk & @iammarkronson & @chromeo using his blueprint. There aren’t enough characters here to speak on the greatness that is #LeonSylvers. We are saving y’all gazillions in college education money. Tune in #QuestloveSupreme only on @pandora
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The amount of preparation it took to cram like 20 songs a night 4 nights in a row is some next level danger ish I wouldn’t recommend unless you are under proper parental supervision (hahahahaha) so glad the Grammys were in NYC this weekend. Each night 12 new artists unannounced at #rootsjamsessions —-so magic. Here are some highlights from night two!