A little travelin’ music from across the big pond tonight

Here’s a group that few if any of you have heard of, but if you give it a listen, I think you’ll like it. I first heard them back in the ’70s, when my dad was stationed overseas. The group is called Osibisa, based in London, and you might describe it as a grittier, rootsier version of Earth Wind and Fire. Osibisa had a bit of a cult following back then, and I still listen to their music today.

After wearing out a couple of their LPs, I finally got the chance to hear them play in a small dancehall in Munich, and boy did they bring that place to life!! Who knew those Germans could dance?

(Actually, they couldn’t.)

212 comments Add your comment

Hillbilly Deluxe

January 29th, 2010
3:34 pm

Jay,

Good band. Hadn’t heard them before.

TnGelding

January 29th, 2010
3:35 pm

Very lively.

Great meeting the prez had today with the GOP. Maybe they gained a little respect for each other and can work together.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0XAI-PFQcA

stands for decibels

January 29th, 2010
3:36 pm

“Who knew those Germans could dance?”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHZR9SA5pOg

Normal

January 29th, 2010
3:37 pm

Jay, can’t match your beat, but when I think of the ’70s, I think on this…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJCTrolF3CY&feature=related

Normal

January 29th, 2010
3:41 pm

Jay, while you were over there, I had gotten out of the Navy June 70 and rejoined April 75. Those years were my… :D
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvNjoOEI1XQ

HG3

January 29th, 2010
3:47 pm

Jay

January 29th, 2010
3:56 pm

For those curious about the Tom Price/Obama colloquy, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xe3UDoql3A

joe matarotz

January 29th, 2010
3:58 pm

Reminds me of these guys. Brass was in during the early 70’s.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvVN_KRriTM

Kamchak

January 29th, 2010
3:59 pm

Germans in orange shorts?

Normal

January 29th, 2010
4:01 pm

My meds are making me loopy…
It’s no good believing in someone else, if you can’t believe in yourself…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvNjoOEI1XQ

Normal

January 29th, 2010
4:11 pm

No orange shorts, but watch for the girl in the window…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MXp413NynFk

TaxPayer

January 29th, 2010
4:13 pm

That was a good choice, Jay. Never heard of ‘em before though.

getalife

January 29th, 2010
4:20 pm

Kind of like the house of commons or the Iraq inquiry.

It was fun.

Matilda

January 29th, 2010
4:56 pm

Jay, thanks for posting the Price exchange. I watched it live. They both seemed to be utilizing their manners, which I appreciate. The elephant in the room nobody pointed out was this: THESE Republicans have been telling their constituents for more than a year that they’ll “oppose Obama” on whatever he tries to do. They’re the ones trying to paint HC reform as a “bolshevic plot” as the president noted. They stood up at town hall meetings and declared that Obama would NEVER succeed in this endeavor, then they hold up their “ideas and proposals” as evidence that he doesn’t want to work with them. Why would you take someone seriously on their offer to help you when they stood up and said they’d NEVER let you succeed?

I Report (-: You Whine )-: mmm, mmmm, mmmmm!

January 29th, 2010
4:59 pm

Looks like we got another heaping dose of global warming moving in this evening-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vp-is6S_b_g

Pogo

January 29th, 2010
5:12 pm

The “Mothra” intro is a bit much. George Clinton and Parliament makes this bunch look like a high school band.

Today Obama proclaimed “I am not an ideologue”. Naaah, he’s not an idologue. Just because he patterns everything he does after some progressive playbook written by neo-communists and socialists doesn’t make him an ideologue, now does it? For purely ideological leaders that have obvious flaws like Obama, humility plays best to the American people because if displayed sincerely it shows that the leader, like the people themselves, are the same (i.e, human). Obama doesn’t have 1 gram of humility in his body and that is going to be his and his party’s undoing.

RW-(the original)

January 29th, 2010
5:13 pm

No, you didn’t mention that – so now every time it rains you can think of me and how my fine products are saving you. How pleasant a thought.

Bosch,

Actually it’s just when there’s no need for them that they sit there saying Bosch—-Bosch, once they’re in action the name seems to go away. Perhaps that’s a design flaw you may want to have looked after.

I Report (-: You Whine )-: mmm, mmmm, mmmmm!

January 29th, 2010
5:16 pm

Guess who-

The talk about climate change is not an intellectual indulgence. Rather, it is a reality. All of the industrialized countries, and especially the large ones, bear the responsibility for the crisis of the greenhouse effect. Most of them, though, rallied around the Kyoto accords, and agreed to limits on emissions of harmful gases. However Bush Jr., and Congress before him, rejected this accord in order to please the large corporations, which are themselves the ones responsible for [market] speculation, monopolies, and the rise in the cost of living. And they are behind globalization and its tragic consequences. Then, when these criminals’ own evil deeds did them in, the heads of state rush to rescue them with public funds.

It’s al-Gore, right?

Wrong.

Obama Bin Biden?

Nope, getting closer though.

That’s right, it’s Osama bin Laden, who also wants to destroy the United States.

He’s on board with the socialists, hahahaha, just sayin….

Bosch

January 29th, 2010
5:20 pm

RW,

Actually I did that on purpose so that you would remember how much I care about safety when you don’t need it. Yeah, that’s the story.

I Report (-: You Whine )-: mmm, mmmm, mmmmm!

January 29th, 2010
5:27 pm

“We will go through the gate. If the gate is closed, we will go over the fence. If the fence is too high, we will pole vault in. If that doesn’t work, we will parachute in,” Pelosi said. “But we are going to get health care reform passed for the American people.”

Here’s to hoping the parachute doesn’t open, just sayin….

(Hat tip, Taranto, sort of.)

@@

January 29th, 2010
5:34 pm

I dedicate this one to President Obama

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0nERTFo-Sk

“The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design.” — F.A. Hayek, The Fatal Conceit

Number1ninja

January 29th, 2010
5:37 pm

“Just because he patterns everything he does after some progressive playbook written by neo-communists and socialists doesn’t make him an ideologue, now does it?”

While Goldman Sacs execs laugh in the distance…..
Seriously, the stupid burns.

Normal

January 29th, 2010
5:38 pm

I posted this downstairs, but it’s political…RW, someone said the picture was you…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDFKphodBQI&feature=fvw

josef nix

January 29th, 2010
5:41 pm

Scout

January 29th, 2010
5:53 pm

Well, well, well ………………

Headline: “White House Considers Moving 9/11 Trial”

Headline: “Obama Faces New Pressure to Try Terror Suspects in Military Tribunal”

Headline: “Political chaos in Illinois vexes Obama. While Scott Brown’s win was a blow to the president, a bigger embarrassment may loom in his home state.”

Headline: “If church attendance is one measure of a man’s faith, then President Obama may appear to have lost some of his. The first family, once regular churchgoers, have publicly attended services in Washington just three times in the past year, by ABC News’ count, even bypassing the pews on Christmas Day.”

Headline: “Russia on Friday unveiled a new fighter aircraft touted as a rival of the US F-22 stealth jet and developed amid the highest secrecy as part of a plan to modernize the armed forces.”

Headline: “Taxpayers pay $101,000 for Pelosi’s in-flight food, booze”

Hillbilly Deluxe

January 29th, 2010
5:55 pm

josef nix

January 29th, 2010
5:57 pm

Let’ see, German dancing, Barak and Barney?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXD329ff21Q

Kamchak

January 29th, 2010
6:02 pm

getalife

January 29th, 2010
6:10 pm

TaxPayer

January 29th, 2010
6:11 pm

A little one for the Heroes out there. Do tell.

getalife

January 29th, 2010
6:13 pm

Playing this one on iphone app Slacker:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LYU-8IFcDPw

That rocks.

josef nix

January 29th, 2010
6:13 pm

Kamchak

January 29th, 2010
6:34 pm

Two and a half inches of snow since 2:00 in this small hamlet in N.C.

Normal

January 29th, 2010
6:40 pm

getalife

January 29th, 2010
6:42 pm

Normal

January 29th, 2010
6:46 pm

Normal

January 29th, 2010
6:51 pm

Hillbilly Deluxe

January 29th, 2010
6:51 pm

stands for decibels

January 29th, 2010
7:01 pm

More horns from across the pond…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6JaaTUwByU

And if you only know of this outfit as a one-hit wonder (”Come on Eileen”) you missed an amazing debut lp, criminally unheralded here in the States at the time.

Jenifer

January 29th, 2010
7:08 pm

Dedicated to all those who are glad January 2001-January 2009 is GONE!

The Doofus Marches On

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWTWVdHTE_g

Southern Comfort

January 29th, 2010
7:14 pm

Whiner,

That was about the most appropriate song for the day… I just hope you’re not doing the dance steps from the video while listening to that. :)

This one was originally recorded with a live horn section although they’re missing in this performance.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zM3mfMHGnXI&feature=related
R.I.P. my brother…

josef nix

January 29th, 2010
7:19 pm

well, if we’re going to go political…

HEY, BARRY! Are you listenin’…Bring them home and bring them home now….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxevBjM0l7I&feature=PlayList&p=4EDF009791ADFC0E&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=15

stands for decibels

January 29th, 2010
7:21 pm

R.I.P. my brother…

Assume you’ve seen this amazing clip from Wattstax, it made the rounds when Isaac passed on…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2cHkMwzOiM

Jenifer

January 29th, 2010
7:23 pm

Republicans Dismayed By Obama’s Strong Performance, Say It Was A ‘Mistake’ To Let Cameras Roll

See republicants, this is the problem. Obama is SMARTER than you. Not only that, every lie you said is biting you on your a$$. So maybe next time you should try to tell the truth. But you’re republicants. You can’t help yourselves.

http://thinkprogress.org/2010/01/29/russert-gop-obama/

md

January 29th, 2010
7:24 pm

I listened to these guy eons ago as a teen. In honor of the working man, 2 of them were brick masons playing in clubs:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJ11y7pYl-8&feature=fvw

Southern Comfort

January 29th, 2010
7:24 pm

sfd

I haven’t seen that one. Saving that to my favorites. I’m growing my beard back. All my friends used to call me Isaac before I shaved it off.

Southern Comfort

January 29th, 2010
7:26 pm

As far as the German dancers, I don’t think they can touch this group…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1KZKZs-2YM&feature=related

And while I’m there, here’s another tight horn section.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rN5V-6yCbpg

josef nix

January 29th, 2010
7:29 pm

SoCo–

Man could take anything and make it his own…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6VJOQypAg80&feature=related

Hillbilly Deluxe

January 29th, 2010
7:34 pm

Speaking of the Ventures, one of the coolest TV themes.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2LnK8b_jk8w&feature=related

Southern Comfort

January 29th, 2010
7:38 pm

josef

He’s one of my all-time favorites. He died the day after my daughter was born. Growing up, I wanted to be like him or Curtis Mayfield. I always thought their music was way above what others were writing. It didn’t hurt that they had a great deal of wah-wah in their music too.

HD

That one is in rotation on my mp3 player.

Mick

January 29th, 2010
7:38 pm

Here’s a long forgotten hit from the early 70’s kind of dorky but I always thought mccartney did background vocals
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWP_Md78mk8

Normal

January 29th, 2010
7:39 pm

SoCo, now that’s a church I could get into… :D

Jenifer

January 29th, 2010
7:44 pm

Mick

January 29th, 2010
7:46 pm

Normal

January 29th, 2010
7:46 pm

josef nix

January 29th, 2010
7:46 pm

SoCo– still brings a grin to my face every time I hear it!

Okay, theme songs…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yu5Z9dAIpYg&feature=related

md

January 29th, 2010
7:46 pm

Jenifer

January 29th, 2010
7:48 pm

Dedicated to President Obama and his cousin Scott Brown

Sung by Elvis Presley

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjG4hO1tG3U

md

January 29th, 2010
7:49 pm

Normal

January 29th, 2010
7:51 pm

Southern Comfort

January 29th, 2010
7:52 pm

Normal

My older brother’s grandparents attended a holiness church when they were alive. Grandmother’s funeral was almost like that. The only thing missing was the guy’s doing the flips.

md

Digging the Ventures…

josef

Good thing the .40 is locked up for the night or else I might have put a hole in the monitor after hearing that one.

josef nix

January 29th, 2010
7:56 pm

Mick– I confess! I like it, too!

SoCo–
My own kids’ introduction to the master…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQ-MS-Ra1U0&feature=related

Southern Comfort

January 29th, 2010
7:56 pm

josef

A reply with a twist for your theme songs..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1kDL4ZANqU0

TaxPayer

January 29th, 2010
7:59 pm

I guess we’re gonna get snow and sleet. I wish it would rain instead.

Mick

January 29th, 2010
8:00 pm

Man, the animals look way too serious in those waiter suits. Eric burdon great deep voice at such a young age. I remember seeing all those bands on ed sullivan on sunday night. Would a show like that make it today?

md

January 29th, 2010
8:03 pm

I wanted to be a drummer after this one by the ventures

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8__EwAT8VM

Southern Comfort

January 29th, 2010
8:03 pm

screen cleaner needed on aisle 9!!!

josef

I actually have that cd. I just sent water thru my nose on that one…

Kamchak

January 29th, 2010
8:04 pm

md

January 29th, 2010
8:05 pm

Mick – And those were top flight music videos back then.

Southern Comfort

January 29th, 2010
8:07 pm

md

I’ve been playing drums since I was 12. That was the song I did my solos to with our jazz/pep band. Listening to that brings back memories.

md

January 29th, 2010
8:09 pm

Soco,

I tried, but my left hand wouldn’t cooperate, it kept stopping without me knowing it.

Normal

January 29th, 2010
8:10 pm

SoCo, This is from the 40’s but you want drums, I present Gernr Krupa…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwDN9UMMi3c&feature=related

md

January 29th, 2010
8:13 pm

“Listening to that brings back memories.”

Don’t know about you, but I’m on the other side of the curve so I have more memories than actuals left.

Normal

January 29th, 2010
8:15 pm

That’s Gene

josef nix

January 29th, 2010
8:19 pm

md–animals? YES! This is one of my personal themes songs…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2FT4FprxDg

SoCo and md…

Younger Boy is a drummer…cut up hard with the Ventures, but…alas! When his band was in the talent show in high school, they chose the Salty Balls and, well, we had to go and answer!

Jay

January 29th, 2010
8:19 pm

Josef has expressed this in the past better than I, but I do look forward to Friday evenings when things take a different tone. It’s … redemptive.

Southern Comfort

January 29th, 2010
8:20 pm

Normal

I thought it was Gene. We didn’t play that cut, but we did swing, jazz, r&b, and rock.

md

That lefty is always causing trouble. The only way to get it in shape is to work it hard. We used to do warm up drills one-handed in marching band. It takes a minute, but it’s worth the work. My lil girl got a drum for Christmas, and she was wailing away on it like she knew what to do. I’ll probably start teaching her once she hits 2yrs old.

Mick

January 29th, 2010
8:24 pm

Normal

January 29th, 2010
8:26 pm

Jay, music soothes the savage soul…you do good on Friday nights…just sayin’

RW-(the original)

January 29th, 2010
8:27 pm

It’s a good thing I saw upthread that you guys were talking about drumming.

Jay

January 29th, 2010
8:32 pm

Sure you would, SoCo. You’d just be doing it from a penthouse in Manhattan, that’s all.

josef nix

January 29th, 2010
8:32 pm

Jay–

Awww! That was sweet… and probably have posted it before…but a little funk for ya!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2FT4FprxDg

TaxPayer

January 29th, 2010
8:32 pm

Well, sometimes that’s Just the way it is.

Mick

January 29th, 2010
8:33 pm

Southern Comfort

I play some bass for stress relief – here’s the band that started it all for me.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UaRz-3DYV7c

Southern Comfort

January 29th, 2010
8:33 pm

Mick

That’s “The Man”!! He’s got to have the fastest hands ever on the drums. No one can match him. If I were half that good, I wouldn’t be here blogging with y’all right now.

josef

If I were a judge, I would have given them the win for just having the courage to play that song.

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

January 29th, 2010
8:36 pm

Well, I just don’t get what people get out of these English bands. Now, I’m kind of lit up after a trip down to Billy Bob’s, but I still don’t get it.

I guess I’m just down after these Republicans let Obama eat their lunch. Don’t anybody have a brain in that bunch? They looked like school kids getting a good dressing down for cracking hazel nuts under their desk chairs.

Have a good night everybody. Just go ahead and play those English people and their funny-looking instruments.

josef nix

January 29th, 2010
8:39 pm

SoCo

Three day suspension, but they got paid to play a lot of high school parties after that. Younger Boy, little smart a**, went back and asked the principal if she wanted the 10% agent’s fees…had to answer for that one, too! She should have taken it. Probably more than she was getting with her PhD! He does studio work now. Proud of him…and you know what the best part was? Being the drummer, of course, the band met in our garage and my only rule was that they practice when it wouldn’t offend the neighbors…they always did and the neighbors came to complement. They always made sure they played a few “old folks” selections just for them!

RW-(the original)

January 29th, 2010
8:39 pm

This place is certainly challenging. I kept scrolling back in time to see what Jay B was responding to SoCo about when I really needed to flash forward.

Mick

January 29th, 2010
8:44 pm

Redneck Convert

**Have a good night everybody. Just go ahead and play those English people and their funny-looking instruments.**

No problem just plug into some skynerd or charlie daniels and you’ll be allright.

Southern Comfort

January 29th, 2010
8:44 pm

Mick

I always wanted to learn bass. That’s a great group to have as motivation. Other than Buddy, there’s a few drummers who I looked at with nothing but admiration. Phil Collins, Sheila E., and this guy here…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sa0C5Uxpd3c&feature=related

His solo starts around the 3:20 mark. The big difference between him and Buddy is that Buddy did his drumming from what’s called the “traditional” grip. Neil plays with a matched grip, which is easier to play faster, more complex stuff.

Jay

January 29th, 2010
8:44 pm

Josef, we are all misunderstood.

Even, or especially, by ourselves.

josef nix

January 29th, 2010
8:44 pm

josef nix

January 29th, 2010
8:50 pm

JAY–oops! That funk dedication for aww sweet was supposed to be…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8IPEQNYD6oI

Jay

January 29th, 2010
8:50 pm

Well NOW you tell me!

'57 Chevy/'66 GTO/'69 GTX

January 29th, 2010
8:54 pm

josef nix

January 29th, 2010
8:54 pm

JAY

Hey, didn’t want to be misunderstood! :-)

@@

January 29th, 2010
8:56 pm

How about a little Coldplay?

josef nix

January 29th, 2010
8:57 pm

saddest country sonf of all time…this is one of my top ten…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tp5Rdb9ncfM

TaxPayer

January 29th, 2010
9:00 pm

Southern Comfort

January 29th, 2010
9:01 pm

Time to call it an evening, enjoy the music. If I get a chance, I’ll play catch-up tomorrow. Got a full plate for the weekend.

Later all!!!