The Mighty Imperials – Thunder Chicken

The Mighty Imperials - Thunder Chicken

The last/next few days will see me going to concerts of 2 of my favourite acts – Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings & De La Soul. De La Soul played their first ever Belfast show last night celebrating 25 years since the release of their critically acclaimed debut LP “3 Feet High & Rising”. Unfortunately Mase (or DJ Maseo as he’s now known) couldn’t make it but Posdnuos & Trugoy still managed to “move the crowd” (Eric B & Rakim reference for you there!!). Suffice to say it was great to finally be able to see such a legendary group and in my hometown as well!!

I’ll be travelling over to London on Friday to see the fantastic Sharon Jones at The Roundhouse. Again, I haven’t managed to catch the group live as yet (they’ve never played Northern Ireland) so it’ll be exciting to see them in concert for the first time, especially with the release of their fantastic new album “Give The People What They Want” which hit the shelves at the start of the year.

So the Sharon Jones gig has influenced my music choice for this week but since we’ve already featured the excellent Ms Jones before, I’ve decided to go with another act from the Daptone stable – The Mighty Imperials. The unique thing about the band was that they were mostly around 16 years old when they cut their debut LP (Thunder Chicken). Upon listening to the album (and this track in particular) you would think it was the work of seasoned pros but alas it was 4 teenagers. There’s no doubt there’s a heavy Meters influence in here – but then there’s nothing wrong with copying the best!! Enjoy! 

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