Saturday, November 14, 2009

ROCK Sex: "These are the Good Times!"

ROCK Sex is all about the throughline that runs through everything.

Chic conquered Disco with a tight propulsive rhythm section (Tony Thompson (d), Bernard Edwards (b), Nile Rogers (g)), and bright pop harmonies...

CHIC -"Good Times" (1979)

Sugar Hill Records used that as the backbeat for THE breakthrough Rap song emceed by The Sugarhill Gang. The music was played by Keith Leblanc (d), Skip McDonald (g), and Doug Wimbish (b), who went on to become the avant-funk group Tackhead.

SUGARHILL GANG -"Rapper's Delight" (1979)

Freddie Mercury loved that hard beat and the emerging hiphop so much that he corraled Queen into one of the biggest hits they ever had...

QUEEN -"Another One Bites the Dust" (1980)

Defunkt came out of the NYC post-punk scene, with an edgy mix of James Brown rhythms, Sonny Sharrock guitar, and Charles Bukowski-esque lyrics. This acerbic deconstruction of "Good Times" contrasts prostitution and addiction against the Reagan whitewash of the American Dream.

DEFUNKT -"In the Good Times" (1981)

And here's that rhythm again in this recent dance club hit by The Ting Tings from England. (The real video can't be embedded.)...

TING TINGS -"Shut Up and Let Me Go" (2008)

"I said a hip hop the hippie the hippie
to the hip hip hop, ah you don't stop
the rock it to the bang bang boogie say up jumped the boogie
to the rhythm of the boogie, the beat!"

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