Tuesday, December 8, 2009

ROCK Sex: "Slippin' Into Darkness!" - War > Bob Marley > Tupac



ROCK Sex 'takes your mind beyond the dreams'.

Another musical relay race today, where one song changes hands and sounds and names.

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Between 1970 and 1977, you couldn't go up against WAR.

This formidable Funk troop could take down all comers with their scary chops and continuous hits. Here's the abstractly anti-drug anthem, "Slippin' Into Darkness".

WAR -"Slippin' Into Darkness" (1972)



Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, and Bunny Wailer spliced that riff into their spliff with this classic of their own:

THE WAILERS -"Get Up Stand Up" (1973)



Meanwhile the deluge of covers began. Here's a survey of the different slants everybody brought to the groove.

THE 19th WHOLE goes with vibraphones, organ, and peels of acid guitar:

THE 19th WHOLE -"Slipping Into Darkness" (1972)



Ohio grew great Funk like it was grass (Bootsy Collins, Ohio Players, Zapp). Here's THE DAYTON SIDEWINDERS putting some serious Meters-style hard kick into the song:

THE DAYTON SIDEWINDERS -"Slipping Into Darkness" (197_)



Now original groover RAMSEY LEWIS sasses some Jazz razzmatazz on it, with some slow slunk in the style of Sly And The Family Stone's There's A Riot Goin' On.

RAMSEY LEWIS -"Slipping Into Darkness" (1973)



CARL BRADNEY goes Marley one better by giving it the full-on Reggae treatment, with beautiful harmonies.



Naturally hardcore L.A. HipHop put a kit on it.

FUNKY AZTEKS, ft. 2PAC -"Slippin' Into Darkness" (1995)



The song is now a standard for every self-respecting Funk band.

LETTUCE -"Slipping Into Darkness" (2012)



The song has also been used in the films AMERICAN ME (1992) and SUICIDE SQUAD (2016).

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There's a "War" touring around nowdays, but it's just one guy with a legal name-grab. Instead, go see THE LOW RIDER BAND, which has all the surviving members in great form!



"Where I talk to my brothers who never said their names."



© Tym Stevens



See Also:
-The Real History of Rock and Soul!: A Music Player Checklist


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