Friday, January 2, 2009

Old School Friday: "Wake Up Everybody" by Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes



First, for the serious...

This song shuffled around on my iPod yesterday and I thought it was the perfect tune to kick off 2009. On Jan. 20, this country officially has a new leader, and there is this fervent hope that the new historic Obama administration represents the "waking up" of America. I hope that our hopes turn out to be well placed. Whether a President Barack Obama lives up to our expectations or not, it is a mistake to put all of our hopes on his or any other government. WE have a role to play. So, yeah, Teddy Pendergrass is right when he croons: "The world won't get no better if we just let it be."

Then, for the snark...

I love old "Soul Train" clips. They illustrate--for good or bad--how the music industry has changed since the show's hey day. Can you imagine one of today's R&B stars giving a performance in a cheap-ass powder blue tuxedo? I've seen Usher and Rhianna and Kanye perform on recent awards shows and there has always been plenty of spectacle: strobing lights, slick dance moves, special effects and Auto Tune a plenty. Personally, I miss the simplicity of old school performances a little.

Also, who the crispy heck is the guy introducing this song? This must have been some sort of "Soul Train" flashback segment, because my brain can't reconcile Teddy Pendergrass' style with that of the emcee in this clip. I always associate Pendergrass' hirsute manliness with the au natural 70s, but only in the 80s could a brother rock a skinny suit with rolled up sleeves, plus a perm and assymetrical cut. I guess there must have been some moment in style history when these looks collided, but I don't remember it.

Anyhoo, enjoy...

2 comments:

slag said...

Thanks for posting that song! I needed it.

MacDaddy said...

Great post. Burris will be in the senate soon. But it's the democrats, not Burris, not the gov, that's going to be made to look the fool. They have already been used to take the heat of the the gov and place it on the senate for unfairly keeping a scandal-free politician and good man from the senate.

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