Brick – Sister Twister [1976]
April 13, 2012

Cracking funk marathon from Brick, taken from their very first album “Good High”. Nothing but huge amounts of bassline, horns and twangy lead guitar business, seriously monstrous funk business.

From Wikipedia
Brick was formed in Atlanta, Georgia in 1972 from members of two bands – one disco and the other jazz. They coined their own term for disco-jazz, “dazz”. They released their first single “Music Matic” on Main Street Records in 1976, before signing to the independently distributed Bang Records. Their next single, “Dazz”, (#3 Pop, #1 R&B) was released in 1976. The band continued to record for Bang records until 1982. Other hits followed: “That’s What It’s All About” (R&B #48) and “Dusic” (#18 Pop, #2 R&B) in 1977, and “Ain’t Gonna Hurt Nobody” (#92 Pop, #7 R&B) in 1978. Their last Top Ten R&B hit was “Sweat (Til You Get Wet)” in 1981.

The Detroit Spinners – The Rubberband Man Parts 1 & 2 [1976]
May 31, 2011

Its hard to believe this was released in ’76 when you had so much disco and funk being pumped out. However, this is classic Detroit Spinners territory. Catchy riffy, hooks and fantastic vocal lick that will just have you singing along in seconds. It specifically reminds me of leafing through my old man’s collection of 7″ records and digging this up because I liked the name. Oh what an introduction to the Spinners it was.

From Wikipedia
“The Rubberband Man” is a song recorded by the American vocal group The Spinners (known as “Detroit Spinners” in the UK).

The song, written by producer Thom Bell and Linda Creed, was about Bell’s son, who was being teased by his classmates for being overweight. Intended to make his son feel better about his self-image, the song eventually evolved from being about “The Fat Man” to “The Rubberband Man”. The last major hit by the Spinners to feature PhilippĂ© Wynne on lead vocals, “The Rubberband Man” spent three weeks at number two on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, and topped the U.S. R&B chart at the end of 1976. It was also a top-twenty hit in the UK Singles Chart.

E.L.O – Livin’ Thing [1976]
May 16, 2011

Pretty much guaranteed to be heard on Radio Two, Three, local radio all over the UK. Its a total classic from 1976 and played almost constantly throughout my childhood. Helping my old man in the Garage? Livin’ Thing. Listening to John Peel? Livin’ Thing. Driving to see my grandparents? Livin’ Thing. As familiar a song as anything from Off The Wall or by Luther Vandross! Wicked.

From Wikipedia
“Livin’ Thing” is a song written by Jeff Lynne and performed by Electric Light Orchestra. It appears on ELO’s 1976 platinum-selling album, A New World Record. Patti Quatro sang uncredited vocals, particularly the ‘higher and higher’ parts of “Livin’ Thing”, according to Unzipped, an autobiography by her sister Suzi Quatro.

In August 2006, “Livin’ Thing” was named by the UK’s Q magazine as the #1 ‘Guilty Pleasure’ single of all time – a list designed to celebrate ‘uncool’ but excellent records, and which received considerable publicity. The original single had the added bonus of having “Fire On High” on the flip side, a song that became the band’s most popular instrumental piece. The UK version was released in a Blue vinyl format.

Harlem Underground Band – Smokin’ Cheeba Cheeba [1976]
May 20, 2010

Taken from the 1976 Album of the same name, Smokin Cheeba Cheeba is a fantastic slice of mid seventies funk. Harlem Underground Band were comprised of the great George Benson and Sterling Magee with Ann Winley bringing the vocals. Quality cut of funk, more trippy soul than the disco flavor of the time. Classic.

Roy Ayers – Everybody Loves The Sunshine [1976]
March 12, 2010

Happy Birthday Me. Bloody 32 if you can believe it. Seems only yesterday I was sitting in Abbey Park, listening to tunes just like this one, Stella in hand and not giving a shit. Well, Roy plays it into history with this cut. There is literally nothing about this track not to love. Smooth, funky bass, cool as hell vocals. Wow…