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& Content SFW but Title NSFW? &

I can’t remember a situation where everything is completely OK with the content but I hesitate to post the title because it will give completely the wrong idea, but that’s where I find myself now. (There’s a preposition that rhymes with “feet mean” plus the definite article plus a noun that rhymes with “cries.”)

I remember pushing the decency envelop at other people’s blogs not so very long ago, and I don’t quite know why I’m becoming such an old fuddy duddy on my own. Maybe I feel a sense of responsibility. Or culpability. Or maybe its just an attack of hypocritical bourgeois diffidence. Yeah, that must be it. From vulgar, leering miscreant to rigidly hypocritical puritan in less than two months. Pretty impressive transition, huh?

This is my favorite track on a somewhat neglected Weather Report album representing their “interim” pre-Jaco period: Tale Spinnin’ (1975). Josef Zawinul (keyboards, synthesizers), Wayne Shorter (sax), Alphonso Johnson (bass), Leon “Ndugu” Chancler (drums, percussion), Alyrio Lima (percussion). This is not the first time I’ve posted from this album.

This cut goes through so many unexpected twists and turns, but keeps coming back again and again to this truly fetching funky vamp. It always stays fresh no matter how many times I listen to it. I love it! Great music for driving. There is this sound with exploding drums and crashing cymbals that I’ve never heard anywhere else, before or since (check out for instance from 0:42). It surprises me, because there’s no patent on it and you’d think this sound would have been appropriated in other songs by now. I mean, hey, it’s been more than 35 years . . . But no. Highly original composition, weirdly, wildly funky.

Nice bit of musical trivia here from Wikipedia about the drummer:

Tale Spinnin’ is the sixth album by Weather Report, recorded and released in 1975, featuring the addition of Leon “Ndugu” Chancellor on the drums. Ndugu was recruited after Zawinul heard him play with Carlos Santana and liked what he heard. Weather Report was recording next door to Ndugu in the studio. He was asked to join them for a recording session. That session ended up lasting a week and produced Tale Spinnin’. After the record, Ndugu was asked to join the band as a permanent member, but declined in favor of continuing to work with Carlos Santana.

6 responses to “& Content SFW but Title NSFW? &

  1. “Hypocritical bourgeois diffidence” just doesn’t have as much snap as a site name.

    It surprises me, because there’s no patent on it and you’d think this sound would have been appropriated in other songs by now.

    Like how the Amen Break was copied all over the place?

    Good tune, i like it.

    • wdydfae

      Thanks for the musical tip on “Amen Break”
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amen_break

      Had never heard of it!

      Apparently Weather Report is one of the most “sampled” bands around.

      That whole album Tale Spinnin’ is a winner. There is no bad or mediocre track on it.

      • I’m always kind of stunned when I mention something like the Amen Break and your super ultra knowledgeable self doesn’t know what it is. I’ll take my ego boosts where I can find them, hehe.

      • wdydfae

        Prepare yourself for many more ego boosts. I fell into this “music blogger” role by accident, but it just means “This is some of the stuff I like.” The gaps in my knowledge are huge.

        Here’s one that might tickle you. I couldn’t figure out what “feat” meant when artist names were listed (not that I actually stopped to try to figure it out). At first I thought “feat” was a stage name for someone, but then it showed up so much that I thought, “Wait a minute, nobody could be that prolific.” Then I thought (I’m using “thought” here in the loosest possible sense) it must be some kind of r & b or hip hop slang for “endeavor.” (Like, “Yo, feat, homeboy!”) Eventually it dawned on me that it means “featured” or “featuring.”

        And that was after I started this “music” blog.

        How’s that for a boost?

    • wdydfae

      “Hypocritical bourgeois diffidence” just doesn’t have as much snap as a site name.

      Now that you bring it up, it might have worked better than you think! The main problem would have been to keep up the stream of content consistent with parameters set by the site name. I think I could do hypcritical, bourgeois or diffident pretty consistently, but all of them, at the same time, every time? That would be a feat.

  2. Liz

    Now I know how it all began! Thanks for the backstory…always good to know.

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