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“I am a D.J. I am what I play” / “Hang the D.J.” Eller noget i retning…

Ved en tilfældighed, faldt jeg over en anmeldelse af den glimrende kompilation ’Running The Voodoo Down (Explorations In Psychrockfunksouljazz 1967-80)’. Netop det album, har jeg gået og overvejet, om jeg skal tage med, når jeg er vender plader før og efter Tamikrest-koncerten på Global, fredag d. 7. april. Udvalget er, som titlen antyder, et musikalsk crossover. En blanding, hvor forskellige genrer og kulturer beriger hinanden og sød musik opstår. Sød er måske så meget sagt.

Ifølge George Clinton, der spiller i DR Koncerthuset d. 5. maj, kan man spore rødderne til den såkaldte ”psychedelicised funk”, tilbage til en Vanilla Fudge-koncert i 1967, af alle steder:

“In 1967, Clinton’s formative band The Parliaments were playing a show at a college in upstate New York, on a bill with Vanilla Fudge and The Box Tops. “We had to use the Vanilla Fudge’s equipment, because we didn’t have any,” Clinton told Rolling Stone in 1990. “Goddamn! That shit was so bad. It was extremely loud. So I went out and bought Jimi Hendrix’s Are You Experienced?, Cream’s album, a Richie Havens record and Sly’s Whole New Thing. I gave them to Eddie [Hazel, guitarist] and Billy [Nelson, bassist] in the band. They were just 15, 16 at the time. And the second night we used the Vanilla Fudge’s equipment, we knew what to do with that motherfucker.”

Clinton had identified a way of taking back control. White bands had been making capital out of African-American song for decades; Vanilla Fudge themselves had just released a debut album that featured amped-up covers of “People Get Ready” and “You Keep Me Hangin’ On”. Following the example of Hendrix, though, Clinton realised that inspiration could flow in more than one direction – that the volume and possibilities of psychedelic rock could add new dimensions to the music of black America. “[Hendrix] took noise to church,” he continued to Rolling Stone. “With that feedback, you could almost write the notes of that feeling down. His music, like the Beatles’, was way past intellectual. That shit was in touch with somethin’ else.”

1. James Brown - Talkin’ Loud & Saying Nothin’ (Pt.1 & Pt.2)
2. Funkadelic - Red Hot Mama
3. Fugi - Mary Don't Take Me On No Bad Trip
4. Eugene McDaniels - Cherrystones
5. The Isley Brothers - Ohio / Machine Gun
6. The Chambers Brothers - Time Has Come Today
7. Swamp Dogg - Total Destruction To Your Mind
8. Keith Jarrett - Have A Real Time
9. William S. Fischer - Patience Is A Virtue
10. Miles Davis - Willie Nelson (Take 3)
11.Warlock - Thrills Of Love
12. The Meters - Liar
13. Eddie Hazel - California Dreamin'
14. Buddy Miles - Down By The River
15. Undisputed Truth - Like A Rolling Stone
16. Lightnin' Rod & Jimi Hendrix - Doriella Du Fontaine
17. James Blood Ulmer - Jazz Is The Teacher (Funk Is The Preacher)
18. Pure Hell - I Feel Bad
19. Funkadelic - Maggot Brain
20. The Headhunters - If You Got It, You’ll Get It
21. Don Cherry - Brown Rice
22. Santana - In A Silent Way (Live)
23. Sly & The Family Stone - Thank You For Talking To Me, Africa

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