“Fight The Power” by The Isley Brothers (1975)

Most of my early memories of The Isley Brothers center around their slow jams. And truthfully, slow jams are what Ronald Isley’s voice is most suited for. “For The Love Of You”? “Voyage To Atlantis”? “Don’t Say Goodnight”? All big “yes”ses in my personal library. “Fight The Power” finds The Isleys in unusually aggressive funk/rock… Read More “Fight The Power” by The Isley Brothers (1975)

“Fantasy” by Earth, Wind & Fire (1977)/”Fantasy” by Me’Shell NdegeOcello (2005)

Song lyrics have become a lot more literal over the years. I don’t think a song like “Fantasy” could be a hit in 2019. The millennials wouldn’t cotton to it. And I can’t really speak to how people felt when EW&F released the original version of this song-after all, I was an infant at the… Read More “Fantasy” by Earth, Wind & Fire (1977)/”Fantasy” by Me’Shell NdegeOcello (2005)

“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)