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BCB - Sly & The Family Stone

Posted: 26 Jun 2006, 17:17
by geoffcowgill
You can keep your Syd Barretts, this is the saddest living drug casualty. What a gifted man this guy was. There's A Riot Goin' On probably gets more accolades and Fresh is maybe a hipper choice, but Stand! is damn near perfect. My song choice is "Family Affair". If you stand back from your familiarity to it, it seems amazing that this weird, freaky little song was such a hit. Does anyone know if it has any autobiographical elements, Sly being the child who just loves to burn? At any rate, it's an essential recording if just for the man's strangled screams. He's rock's best screamer.

Favorite Album - Stand!

Favorite Song - "Family Affair"

Re: BCB - Sly & The Family Stone

Posted: 26 Jun 2006, 18:18
by Davey the Fat Boy
geoffcowgill wrote:You can keep your Syd Barretts, this is the saddest living drug casualty. What a gifted man this guy was. There's A Riot Goin' On probably gets more accolades and Fresh is maybe a hipper choice, but Stand! is damn near perfect. My song choice is "Family Affair". If you stand back from your familiarity to it, it seems amazing that this weird, freaky little song was such a hit. Does anyone know if it has any autobiographical elements, Sly being the child who just loves to burn? At any rate, it's an essential recording if just for the man's strangled screams. He's rock's best screamer.

Favorite Album - Stand!

Favorite Song - "Family Affair"


You nailed it again. "Family Affair" by a mile. Though all votes for "Everybody is a Star" and "Hot Fun in the Summertime" get counted.

Posted: 26 Jun 2006, 18:34
by BajaJaba
I've preferred Luv 'n Haight to Family Affair.....

Favourite album is "There's a riot goin' on"

Trippy, monumental, insightful....

Posted: 26 Jun 2006, 18:35
by toomanyhatz
Just a giant, even more amazing when you consider how little he's done for the last 30 years. All he did was set the template for all of contemporary R&B for the next 40 (or more) years, and he basically did it in about 5 years. Yes, his current condition is sad, but the saddest thing about the Grammys was not so much him as Maroon 5 and Steven Tyler acting like they had any business up there.

Best song - Too many to name. Right now, "If You Want me to Stay" will do, though.

Best album - Toss-up between "Riot" and "Fresh."

Posted: 26 Jun 2006, 18:35
by Bungo the Mungo
I just think he had some fantastic melodies. Why wasn't he a success in the UK, back in the day? Lack of marketing?

Posted: 26 Jun 2006, 18:55
by K
If. You. Want. Me. To. Stay.


flawless

Posted: 26 Jun 2006, 18:56
by Prograstinator
Their Greatest Hits is super and I should definately check out their albums so thanks for the recommendations. 'Everyday People' is unquestionably Great, what album is it on?

Posted: 26 Jun 2006, 18:58
by K
L'Tangent wrote:Their Greatest Hits is super and I should definately check out their albums so thanks for the recommendations. 'Everyday People' is unquestionably Great, what album is it on?


It's on Stand, which is fucking brilliant!

Posted: 26 Jun 2006, 18:59
by Clippernolan
Album - I have no idea - I get by on the Greatest Hits!

Song - "Thankyou falettinme bemice elf "(or how ever it's spelled) with "Family Affair" close on it's heels.

Posted: 27 Jun 2006, 00:33
by The Write Profile
I've said this before, but if I want tunes, I go for Stand!, if I want mood, I go for ...Riot. Indeed, in some ways they do seem like two sides of the same LP, even to the extent that Sly deliberately turns the groove of Thankyou(forlettingmebemicelfagain) inside out for "Thank You For Talking to Me, Africa," leaving nothing but a hollow shell of a song, a junkie's last call.

It's amazing how much his voice has deterioated in such a short space of time, too, the same man who dances with the high notes on "Everyone is A Star" merely two years later sounds like he's struggling to muster the strength to sing when he wrenches the falsetto on "Time." That and the fact that the drum machine both nullifies the awesomely elastic groove which was their strength before, but replaces it with something more contemptuously metronomic. Also the fact that it sounds so muffled, too, probably as a result of all the overdubs. As Greil Marcus said, it's muzak with its finger on the trigger.

The early singles are the most enthralling though, perhaps one of the great runs of singles during that decade?

I don't know, but it's pretty damn close. So much humour in their early stuff too, there's a real cheekiness to "Hot Fun in the Summertime" and "Dance to the Music"

Great, great band. What a waste, though Sly's performance at the Grammys this year was tantamount to a breaking and entering!

Posted: 27 Jun 2006, 00:48
by Leg of lamb
Impossible to dislike, surely? You want fun, you got it; you want dark, fucked up ragamuffin shit, you got it; you want a bucket of soul ... well, you get the picture. Everything there is to like about music could pretty much be summed up by a Sly best-of. Let's bin the rest.

My favourite song is 'Luv 'n Haight'. When it breaks into that 'Feels so good' ending ... goosebumps aren't far behind.

Re: BCB - Sly & The Family Stone

Posted: 27 Jun 2006, 00:59
by Magilla
geoffcowgill wrote:You can keep your Syd Barretts, this is the saddest living drug casualty.


You're right - Syd at least has no urge whatsoever to be in the spotlight again, yet Sly looked like a right chump on the Grammies, looking utterly stupid with that mohawk, just hopelessly embarassing for a man of that age.

Posted: 15 Jul 2006, 02:39
by Sneelock
ablum: Stand!
song: Sing a Simple Song

go ahead: try a little do re me fa so la tee do.