Monday, February 06, 2012

Late And Great

I was sad last year to see the passing of that great songwriter-poet-revolutionary Gil Scot-Heron, who won my heart with his 70s classics, 'The Bottle' and 'Whitey's On The Moon.' Today's musical treat, 'I'll Take Care of You,' is Jamie XX's semi-housefied take of a lovely cover version from Scot-Heron's last album of a 1960 soul ballad by Brook Benton.

Socially conscious, musically inventive, and widely influential decades after his time, I salute you, Mr Gil Scot-Heron. Scot-Heron was born in Chicago in 1949 to an opera singer, Bobbie Scott and a Jamaican soccer player, Gil Heron.

Jamie XX, by the way, is the 'nom de groove' of Jamie Smith, a UK-based music producer, remix artist, and member of the London-based band, the XX (whose song 'Islands,' covered by Shakira, was Song of the Week almost a year ago this week!)

Here's the 'I'll Take Care of You' clip..

And now, a pair of classics. First, in its 1970s K-Tel glory, with flute and bongos, "The Bottle":

My funny bone and moral indignation are both tickled by 'Whitey's On The Moon,' Scot-Heron's take on 'We can put a man on the moon, but we can't.....'

Finally, 'The Revolution Will Not Be Televised,' both an angry cry and a scathing early 1970s pop-culture kaleidoscope ....

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