Thursday, August 04, 2005
Watson and the Sherlocks: Funky Walk/Standing on the Corner (Soulville SV-1015)
YIKES! You got your booty shakers and then you really got your booty shakers and then you got this record! This comes from the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania-based Soulville Records (comped on a Get Hip compilation from a few years back that I think is out of print now) and what else can I say except that it's balls-to-the-wall, get-off-your-butt-and-dance, four-barrelled, four-wallin', four-on-the-floor,pedal-to-the-metal soul stompin' and it's two sides worth of it. Don't believe me? Then slap on "Funky Walk" and if the propulsive beat, funky horns, smoky guitar and screamin', shoutin' vocals don't get'cha, then you must be deader than a three-day-old piece of stale cheese. (NOTE: Don't confuse this with the "Funky Walk" done by Dyke and the Blazers. This is a totally different, and much faster song than Mr. Dyke's. Just so you know.) You get 2:07 more where all that stompin' came from on "Standing on the Corner," but this time, the singer's wailin' about all those mini-skirted mamas standing on the street corner all alone because of the scarcity of men. This priceless bit says it all:
If Uncle Sam don't change his policy
And bring some men home from overseas
The girls are gonna start a revolution
'Cause they need men, that's the only solution
Now if any feminists are out there reading this, don't worry too much. Chances are, you'll be too busy shakin' to notice these lines. That is, if you have anything resembling a little bit of soul in your whole body. And that goes for the rest of you, too.
How many more ways can you say that this is one of the very best 2-sided soul stompers out there? I don't know about you, but this is the kind of soul I dig the most. And it's the reason I'm taking the time to tell you about it. Aren't you lucky!
Posted by Brian Marshall at 8:43 PM