November 7, 2007 Playlist

"There's A Riot Goin' On" by Sly & The Family Stone (1971)
Sly & The Family Stone  "There's A Riot Goin' On"  1971 (USA)
Family Stone records had always been a party up until the release of this record, which pretty much invented the "downer soul" subgenre and marks the transition from 60's optimism to 70's nihilism as well as any music from its era.  I find it's usually easier to write about the merely "great" records than the true "masterpieces", and this one is a perfect example.  Musically, lyrically and emotionally this album is as deep as the ocean and just as murky.  I couldn't even tell you what these songs are "about", they seem to bypass the conscious mind entirely as provacative phrases like "feel so good, don't wanna move" emerge from the hazy funk and lodge themselves in your soul forever.  
Amazing live clip of the Family Stone before Sly got "heavy".
 Down With The Bass
A Salute To The Low End

(N) = New Release

Artist (bassist) Song Album Year (label) Country
The Jesus Lizard
(David Wm Sims)
Whirl Liar 1992 USA
(Mike Watt)
Down With The Bass Flyin' The Flannel 1991 USA
Black Flag
(Kira Roessler)
Slip It In Slip It In 1984 USA
(Joe Preston)
With Teeth Melvins (aka Lysol) 1992 USA
Sonic Youth
(Kim Gordon)
The Good And The Bad Sonic Youth EP 1982 USA
Dinosaur jr
(Lou Barlow)
In A Jar You're Living All Over Me 1987 USA
Meat Puppets
(Cris Kirkwood)
Animal Kingdom Up On The Sun 1984 USA
The Beatles
(Paul McCartney)
Paperback Writer A-side single / Hey Jude LP, Past Masters Vol. 2 CD 1966 UK
The Who
(John Entwistle)
My Generation The Who Sings My Generation 1966 UK
(Jack Bruce)
Born Under A Bad Sign Wheels of Fire 1968 UK
(Burke Shelley)
Guts Budgie 1971 UK (Wales)
Speed Glue & Shinki
(Masayoshi "Louis Louis" Kabe)
M Glue / Keep It Cool Eve 1971 Japan
Black Sabbath
(Terrence "Geezer" Butler)
Bassically / N.I.B. Black Sabbath 1970 UK
(Gary "Geddy" Lee Weinrib)
By-Tor And The Snow Dog Fly By Night 1975 Canada
(Cliff Burton)
Orion Master of Puppets 1986 USA
(Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister)
Ace Of Spades Ace of Spades 1980 UK
Sly & The Family Stone
(Larry Graham)
Dance To The Medley
   A. Music Is Alive
   B. Dance In
   C. Music Lover
Dance To The Music 1968 USA
Sly & The Family Stone
(Larry Graham)
Thank You For Talkin' To Me Africa There's A Riot Goin' On
1971 USA
(Bernie Worrell - synth bass)
Flashlight Funkentelechy vs. The Placebo Syndrome 1977 USA
Public Enemy
("The Bomb Squad")
Fight The Power (extended mix) Fight The Power 12" single 1989 USA
Dr. Octagon
("Kool" Keith Thornton)
Blue Flowers Revisited Dr. Octagonycologist 1996 USA
(Olivia Ness)
Asteroids Play Drums & Bass (N) 2007 (K) USA
(Al Cisneros)
Bhima's Theme Pilgrimage (N) 2007 (Southern Lord) USA
Talking Heads
(Martina Weymouth)
Pulled Up Talking Heads 77 1977 USA
The Breeders
(Josephine Wiggs)
When I Was A Painter Pod 1990 USA
(Michael Gerald)
King Of Sex Snakeboy 1985 USA
(Kevin Rutmanis)
Chow Daddy Has A Tail! 1989 USA
(Jannick Top)
Mekanik Machine A-side single / Simples CD 1974 France
(Holger Czukay)
Half Past One Landed 1975 Germany
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