Foxy – Trouble

Foxy - Trouble

With our recent weather being so similar to last week (we are in Winter here I suppose), I could’ve brought you a track on a similar vein (or should that be “rain”) to “The Wash”. However, since the sun has come out today I’ve decided to dispense with any water/rain related songs.

What I have for you today then is a track that has resided in my collection for quite some time. I suppose with my record buying being curtailed somewhat in the last 6 months all of my records will soon have been in my possession for quite some time. Hopefully the next few months will see that situation change and I’ll be able to add to my collection, but I digress. For now, back to the matter at hand.

Foxy were an all-girl group operating out of Los Angeles. They cut 2 singles (both on the Double Shot label) – this one (in 1971) and another 45 in ’69 entitled “Call Me Later” – a slower ballady type track. Of course you know that we here aren’t so found of those low & slow soul tracks and we prefer our soul with a little bit more umph about it so that’s why I’ve selected “Trouble” as today’s piece of ear candy. As you might expect, this record has that typical sister funk sound that I (and hope you, dear listeners) have come to enjoy. Enjoy the rest of your week and I’ll be back with another funky tune next week.

Brenda & The Tabulations – The Wash

Brenda & The Tabulations - The Wash

So the weather has dramatically taken a turn for the worse here in Belfast over the last few days with Summer most definitely behind us (did we actually get a Summer at all?). With that in mind I guess today’s choice seems kinda appropriate (rain, wash – you see what I did there?). This is a track that I had sort of forgotten about until the weekend when I was digging through my collection for a few 45s to bring down to the vinyl session at the coffee shop I own. This one didn’t make the cut, but it came back into my life again so we should all be grateful for that at least…

Brenda & The Tabulations were a soul group who formed in Philadelphia in 1966 and released their early singles on the Dionn label before moving to Top & Bottom Records and later, Epic. The song I bring you today is the b-side to their first ever single in fact – “Dry Your Eyes”. This proved to be the biggest hit for the group and probably explains why original copies can be picked up so cheaply. As so often happens it’s the b-side I prefer rather than the “A” which is slower and a little more commercial.

Some of you may remember this being used in a tv commercial a number of years ago for Lynx shower gel (or if you’re Stateside “Axe” shower gel). I’m also a big fan of their version of the classic “California Soul”, a record that sadly never got a 45 release. Apart from the aforementioned tracks arguably their next most well-known song was “Hey Boy” something that become pretty popular on the Northern Soul scene. That’s all for now – enjoy the rest of your week and let’s hope the weather picks up a bit!

Johnny Williams – Breaking Point

Johnny Williams - Breaking Point

Today sees me very tired and probably not at my most creative, certainly for trying to write a blog post. So for today, if you can excuse me, the focus will be primarily on the record I have for you rather than anything too exciting that I might have to say about it.

Some time ago (about 4 and a half years or so I reckon), I brought you a track called “Baby Be Mine” by today’s chosen artist, Johnny Williams. I have a couple of other 45s by Mr Williams – “I Got A Feeling” and this selection, “Breaking Point”. This song starts with a brilliant opening and is a great touch of uptempo funky soul. Like many of my selections this one seems a little underplayed and under-appreciated. We here at Gazfunk love it though and hope you will too! Enjoy!

The Presidents – Peter Rabbit

The Presidents - Peter Rabbit

It had been a busy weekend for me what with dj’ing on the Belfast Barge on Sunday evening and various other bits and pieces to do with my coffee shop so today sees me a little more tired than normal and in need of a little inspiration! That inspiration arrived after I had posted a track a couple of days ago on a Facebook group that I am on that was pretty well received by the members there. The track in question was called “The Shoe Shine” and released by today’s featured artist, The Presidents.

There’s a little bit of info out there in cyberspace about the group but I’m not convinced that it’s all true, so rather than just copy something I’ve read on the internet (never do that kids, that’s a life lesson to be learned!) I’ll just continue on in my ignorance about the group (unless any of you dear readers would like to fill in the blank spaces)

We’ve got a nice little funky groove going on in this one – slower in tempo and without any words at all “Peter Rabbit” seems to be one of those records that has been forgotten about. Certainly I don’t recall anyone playing it out, or indeed posting it on any of the Facebook music groups that I would follow. I’m sure you will all enjoy it and if you get the chance to check out “Shoe Shine” I’d highly recommend it too as it is an uptempo banger!!