don’t forget the Bar-Kays!

While we’re all very sad at the death of Isaac Hayes, I feel like there’s a band that’s lived in his shadow for far too long, and that’s the Bar-Kays.  In one incarnation or another, they played great soul and funk for nearly twenty years, doing everything from instrumental soul classics such as “Soul Finger,” to covers of Davie Allan & the Arrows, to playing behind Otis Redding (and crashing in his plane, which decimated the Bar-Kays), to fantastic performances at Wattstax, to funky disco and funky funk, to playing almost all the session stuff for Isaac Hayes.  And as I just learned tonight, they also did crossover new wave Zapp-esque robo-funk, and even proved that blonde girls who run from Falco-looking mob dudes can escape to an underground dance club, if only a mysterious and funky stranger hands them the right magic sunglasses.

Update:  Okay, apparently I’ll have to link to the clip rather than embedding it.  They just stole my privileges!  Instead, listen to the first single I ever bought of theirs, one of the best funk songs from the seventies, “Shake Your Rump to the Funk!”

About orangehairboy

Oklahoman by birth. Angeleno by fate. I've been in half a dozen bands and own 25 cubic feet of old records. Thank God for Ikea shelves.

Posted on August 11, 2008, in Bands, Songwriters, Soul Music, Television. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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