Puntata 2 – Superfly

1. Alan Hawkshaw – Move Move Move

2. Isley Brothers – It’s Your Thing

3. Sly stone – Crossword puzzle

4. The Soul Searchers – Blow Your Whistle

1. Alan Hawkshaw – Move Move Move

“One of the most colourful and varied acts we have had the pleasure of working with – great!”

— Mick Jagger

“I think they are great, and after continually watching their act night after night, I still find them amusing, their pianist Al Hawkshaw is fantastic!”

— Bill Wyman

Negli anni ’70 ha suonato in The Shadows; ha lavorato per Olivia Newton-John, Jane Birkin e Serge Gainsbourg come direttore musicale, arrangiatore e pianista ed è stato tastierista per Cliff Richard, per il quale ha anche co-sceneggiato (con Douggie Wright) “The Days of Love”, uno dei sei brani selezionati che Richard ha suonato in A Song per l’Europa quell’anno. Ha anche suonato le tastiere nel doppio album di Donna Summer del 1977, Once Upon A Time.

2. Isley Brothers – It’s Your Thing

“It’s Your Thing” è un singolo funk di The Isley Brothers. Rilasciato nel 1969, l’inno funk fu una risposta artistica al capo impegnato da Motown Berry Gordy sui suoi artisti dopo che gli Isleys lasciarono l’etichetta alla fine del 1968.

I testi del coro, che servono anche come primo verso, corrono: “È la tua cosa / fai ciò che vuoi / non posso dirti / a chi calpestarla”. La canzone è classificata n. 420 nella lista della rivista Rolling Stone dei 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

The Isley Brothers – It’s Your Thing

It’s your thing, do what you wanna do
I can’t tell you, who to sock it to
It’s your thing, do what you wanna do
I can’t tell you, who to sock it to
If you want me to love you, maybe I will
Believe me woman, it ain’t no big deal
You need love now, just as bad as I do
Make’s me no difference now, who you give your thing to
It’s your thing, do what you wanna do
I can’t tell you, who to sock it to
It’s your thing, do what you wanna do
I can’t tell you, who to sock it to
It’s your thing, do what you wanna do
I can’t tell you, who to sock it to
It’s your thing, do what you wanna do
I can’t tell you, who to sock it to
I’m not trying to run your life, I know you wanna do what’s right
Give your love now, to whoever you choose
How can you lose, with the stuff you use now
It’s your thing, do what you wanna do
I can’t tell you, who to sock it to
It’s your thing, do what you wanna do
Don’t let me tell you, who to sock it to
It’s your thing, I do what I wanna do
I can’t tell you, who to sock it to

3. Sly stone – Crossword puzzle

“Crossword Puzzle” è un brano super-funky di Sly Stone che non ha avuto molto spettacolo quando è stato rilasciato nel 1975. Il brano è tratto dall’album High on You, sottovalutato da Sly, che è il primo album attribuito a Sly Pietre piuttosto che Sly e la pietra di famiglia. Sly ha scritto, prodotto e arrangiato la canzone, oltre a suonare la chitarra e le tastiere.

L’agile lavoro di basso di Bobby Vega mantiene le cose belle e funky, e Little Sister offre alcune voci vocali di sottofondo. Nei testi della canzone, Sly presenta le sue acute osservazioni sociali nella sua inimitabile moda hip-poeta.

All’incirca nel tempo in cui è uscito High on You, la maggior parte dei membri originali di Family Stone aveva lasciato la band, e l’album è essenzialmente un tentativo solista di Sly. Tuttavia, alcuni dei membri originali della band hanno fatto apparizioni nell’album. Il fratello di Sly, Freddie (un membro originale di Family Stone) suonava la chitarra e forniva voce su alcuni brani. E i componenti della band originale Cynthia Robinson (Trumpet) e Jerry Martini (Saxophone) hanno suonato sulla maggior parte delle tracce. Sly ha anche arruolato alcuni musicisti di sessione per suonare nell’album e aggiunte più recenti al Family Stone, come il bassista Rustee Allen, che ha sostituito Larry Graham dopo la sua partenza dalla band nel 1972.

Sly stone – Crossword puzzle

A woman has a baby cute
Illegitimate to boot
Who can say it isn’t right
Love shines a different light
As the world goes around
Everybody’s getting down
How can you wish her pain
‘Cause she has a maiden name
So you know why crossword puzzle
Ready for a party game
Learn how to drop a name
Who’s gonna win the race
Why is it taking place
Physically you’re on the run
Mentally applaud the fun
Turn around and look at you
Guess where when and who
Do you know why it’s a crossword puzzle
Many ways to climb a hill
You just have to know you will
Should you even lose a round
Never let it get you down
Tell me how you lose a fight
When you just know you’re right
I can offer one big clue
All you have to be is you
The world is a crossword puzzle to me

4. The Soul Searchers – Blow Your Whistle

We the People is the debut album by the Washington, D.C.-based group The Soul Searchers

Chuck Brown – electric guitar, lead vocals
John “J.B.” Buchanan – trombone, piano
Donald Tillery – trumpet, percussion, vocals
John Euwell – bass guitar, vocals
Kenneth Scoggins – drums
Lino Druitt – congas, percussion
Lloyd Pinchback – flute, saxophone, vocals
Hilton C Felton Jr, Horace Brock – organ

The Soul Searchers – Blow Your Whistle

Talking to the kids and the bicycle riders
Talking to the hippies and the Watergate hiders
Talking to the people getting down at the go-go
Shake your tambourine
Go and get yourself a whistle and blow!
Get it!
Shake your tambourine and blow!
Any kind of whistle and blow!
Sock it to your biscuit, now blow!
Better get deployment from the hippest school, y’all
Better get religion, don’t you be nobody’s fool, y’all
Whoever got a dollar got more than me!
I just wanna holler when my soul feel free
Now blow! Get it!
Get yourself a whistle and blow!
Sock it to your biscuit, now blow!
Get yourself a whistle and blow!
Just blow! Get it!
Sock it to your biscuit, now blow!
Let’s blow! Now blow! Get it!
Talkin’ to the people
In the breeze overseas
Now blow! Get it!
Sock it to your biscuit and blow! Get it!
Get yourself a whistle and blow!
Get yourself a whistle and blow!
Any kind of whistle and blow! Get it!
Let’s blow!
Shake your tambourine and blow!
Sock it to your biscuit and blow!
Get it!