“Family Affair” by Sly & The Family Stone (1971)

Sly & The Family Stone’s “Family Affair” has to be one of the weirdest number one singles ever.  First off, it marked an early experiment with the Rhythm King drum machine, a device that produced an incredibly unique sound. I’m sure it sounded futuristic in 1971. It sounds delightfully primitive (in an endearing way) these… Read More “Family Affair” by Sly & The Family Stone (1971)

“(Every Time I Turn Around) Back In Love Again” by L.T.D. (1977)

There was one major factor that separated L.T.D. from the glut of funk bands that populated the music scene in the mid ‘70s; their lead singer, Jeffrey Osborne. Although Osborne is best known now as a balladeer, he’s an expressive and versatile vocalist who is equally capable with slow jams or funk workouts. I’d actually… Read More “(Every Time I Turn Around) Back In Love Again” by L.T.D. (1977)

“Erotic City (make love not war erotic city come alive)” by Prince & The Revolution (1984)

All I knew about “Erotic City” in 1984 was that it was funky and fun as hell. I had no idea what the word “erotic” meant, and I couldn’t make out most of the lyrics. I didn’t even know that Sheila E sang the chorus with Prince until years later. Thirty-five (almost) years later, I… Read More “Erotic City (make love not war erotic city come alive)” by Prince & The Revolution (1984)