On this May Day Bank Holiday, a day that is traditionally thought of as a day for “the workers” I thought I’d dedicate today’s selection to those unable to find work – The Unemployed (see what I did there??) I’ll be honest – I don’t really know anything about The Unemployed (the band, not the people out of work!) so this update is going to be one of my shorter ones!
Anyway what I do know is that they were from New Orleans and this record was cut back in ’71 and released on the Cotillion label which was a subsidiary of Atlantic Records (one of many). Beginning in ’68 it’s primary focus was on releasing blues & soul records – indeed the debut release on the label was Otis Clay’s “She’s About A Mover” and featured songs by the likes of Brook Benton, Young Holt, Jean Knight and The Fatback Band. However as the 70s moved along the label moved in a slightly different direction cutting tracks by The Velvet Underground & Emerson, Lake & Palmer. The label folded in 1985 leaving behind a catalogue of collectors items in the process.
So the song I’m focusing on this week is probably rather unsurprisingly a nice little slice of funky soul with a sound that typified that era. This is certainly one to groove along to – oh, and it can be found for cheap too!!