The Soul Hole! Nick Nightly’s Guide to Baadassss Music Part 4!!! The Soul Hole! Nick Nightly’s Guide to Baadassss Music Part 4!!!
  AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW YAY-YUH!  THE SOUL HOLE HAS RETURNED!!!! As promised, here is the fourth installment of my celebration of my favorite musical genre.  Since... The Soul Hole! Nick Nightly’s Guide to Baadassss Music Part 4!!!

 

AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW YAY-YUH!  THE SOUL HOLE HAS RETURNED!!!!

As promised, here is the fourth installment of my celebration of my favorite musical genre.  Since it’s been a while and we’re continuing things on a new site I’ll catch you up on a few things.  I’m known as a movie guy but my true love is music.  So what I’m doing here is having more of a music appreciation class.  I present some soul music that I love with a brief note and we listen together and fall in love.  I hope you all will comment on the songs you love and hate, as well as share your favorites.

As I stated in Part 3 of the Soul Hole, this time around we’re going to cover a few of my favorite socially conscious songs and some funky instrumentals. Let’s get this bitch rollin’.

 

SOCIALLY CONSCIOUS SOUL

One of the many things that interests me about classic soul from the 60’s & 70’s is that so much of it is a reflection of what life was like for a black man or woman at that time.  The civil rights movement was kicking everyone’s ass and these proud, talented people had something to say about it!  Also, many of the artists came from poor families, awful neighborhoods and ghettos, and faced many hardships that make up the foundation of their music.  This was truly music from the soul.

SYL JOHNSON – “IS IT BECAUSE I’M BLACK”

This is easily one of the most honest and heartbreaking songs I’ve ever heard.  Johnson’s voice carries a deep sadness here as he explores the effects his skin color has on his life and why it seems to prevent him from finding peace and success.

 

CURTIS MAYFIELD – “WE THE PEOPLE WHO ARE DARKER THAN BLUE”

Ahhhhh, Curtis!  This is just a fantastic song.  Mayfield is one of the most hopeful and optimistic songwriters I’ve ever heard.  Here’s a song about a man who faces racial prejudice, yet his focus is on universal love rather than anger or a returned hatred.  This kind of song will always be relevant.   Plus, it’s got a gorgeous string section and some sick bongos halfway through.

 

BABY HUEY & THE BABYSITTERS – “HARD TIMES”

Baby Huey sings about facing difficulties in life and dealing with a revolving door of awful people.  We’ve all been down, sometimes at the fucking bottom.  There is pain and sincerity in his voice and the band gets the fuck down.  Baby Huey died from a heart attack at 26-years-old in 1970 before he saw the release of his one and only album.

 

PARLIAMENT – “CHOCOLATE CITY”

Parliament were huge in Washington D.C. during the 70’s, and the album, “Chocolate City,” was dedicated to them.  D.C. gained the nickname “Chocolate City” for it’s large black population.  This song pays tribute to other “Chocolate Cities” out there as well, and focuses on the positive of such a thing, rather than the negativity of the whites moving out.

 

SAM COOKE – “A CHANGE IS GONNA COME”

This is a bona fide classic.  It’s another song about living in a world of hatred and intolerance.   Just listen to Sam’s voice.  Dammit!

 

SONNY CHARLES AND THE CHECKMATES – “BLACK PEARL”

I don’t want to leave out the women, here.  Sonny Charles sings to black women here, who probably had it harder than most all those years ago.  This is an uplifting tribute to the beautiful, hard-working women who dealt with everyone’s shit and deserved much better.  Just listen to Phil Spector’s production!

 

FUNKY INSTRUMENTALS

In my opinion, instrumentals don’t get enough love.  Everyone just wants to hear the chorus to satisfy their simple brains and sing along.  Well, I like to hear a band jam the fuck out sometimes, without a singer drowning out all that goodness.  Alright, let’s get the fuck down.

 

THE FABULOUS COUNTS – “DIRTY RED”

The Fabulous Counts hailed from Detroit, MI and never quite made it.  Their fate was sealed when their label dropped them in favor of Funkadelic and The Ohio Players.  Of the three singles that TFC released, this was the least successful.  Too bad, really, because this is an exceptional song.

 

THE WATTS 103rd STREET RHYTHM BAND – “65 BARS AND A TASTE OF SOUL”

This is the kind of song I want playing while I fuck my lady from behind and sell weed off her back.  You know, if I was a scoundrel like that.

 

THE MAJESTICS – “FUNKY CHICK”

Tell me this isn’t the perfect song for picking up ladies!  Put this shit on in a bar and watch the cock-swagger take over your body.  I must admit this has some vocals, but nothing more than a few “HEY’s!” “right on’s,” and “Uh’s!”

 

THE SOUL SEVEN – “MR. CHICKEN SHIT”

I’ve never been able to find much info on these guys for some reason.  Anyway, I don’t just love the title, but the rhythmic chaos of this song.

 

KING CAIN SILVERTONE BAND – “DON’T GIVE A DAMN”

This is one of those great “chill out” songs.  Put this on, smoke a little weed, love your woman and enjoy being alive.  You’re going to be dead sooner than you’d like so just put this song on and smile more.

 

THE BROTHERS SEVEN – “EVIL WAYS”

Here’s a fucking awesome cover of Santana’s 1969 hit song.  I love the horns and organ in this one.  It makes my shoulders roll around in ways that would make people uncomfortable.

 

Well, this concludes Part 4 of The Soul Hole!  I hope you enjoyed.  Please share your favorite soul songs (or any song, fuck it; there are no rules here!) and keep an eye out for Part 5 where we’ll check out some Latin Soul and modern artists who are keeping the classic sound alive.

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Co-host of the Shut Up Kids podcast and passionate defender of sleaze, nudity and free speech. Nick is a passionate man with an insane range of knowledge in music, film, literature and pornography. With a voice smoother than a waxed vulva, he dabbles in singing and songwriting, having been involved in projects ranging from hard rock, rap, folk, and goofball self-indulgence.

  • I want to personally thank you for bringing this back. Sweet !

  • I don’t know if I’m cool enough for this post, really.

  • Mr Nick Nightly

    I want to thank the crew for having it!

  • Ill thank the godfather personally. this is awesome

  • Good stuff! “Hard Times” was used to great effect in the intro to “JCVD”.

  • ColonHell

    Here’s another classic, and it’s relevant to today’s movie scene, too. It opens J.C. Chandor’s terrific “A Most Violent Year.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57Ykv1D0qEE

  • It was also used in “Zodiac”.

  • Mr Nick Nightly

    Great song! Joe Cocker did a good cover of this.

  • Well, now I have a soundtrack for my workday.

  • Gotta love those old song titles. That shit would be impossible in this PG-world

  • Mr Nick Nightly

    Now it has to be about asses.

  • Yeah. I guess asses get a pass

  • ColonHell

    Baby Huey is such a revelation. How the fuck did relatively young singers back in the 60s and 70s sound so goddamned old and wise?

  • Mr Nick Nightly

    So true. So many of them lived a lot of life in a short amount of time. Listen to this one! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJXMBxZgznY

  • ColonHell

    Motherfucker even looks worried and pained in the album picture.

  • ColonHell

    After your next installment, you should start doing posts dedicated to one artist/act at a time. Dive deep.

  • Mr Nick Nightly

    That is EXACTLY the plan. I’ve got 2-3 more necessary sub-genres to cover, but then I’m moving in that direction.

  • Stalkeye

    From your tirades, love of Big Booty Wimmen and Soul Music.its official; You are an honorary Brotha!

  • Mr Nick Nightly

    It’s an honor. Bring back Chappelle’s racial draft and let’s make it official!

  • Stalkeye

    We’ll pick you in a second and give Tiger Woods to anyone who’ll take him!

    Hope all is good Brother and its good to see that you are continuing your series which IMO felt too under appreciated.

    As for me, I just got over a bout with the Flu and now i’m back to being my usual self. (if that’s actually a good thing. muahahahaha!)

    Great piece and now i’ll thrown in a few of my ol skool favs soon.

  • Mr Nick Nightly

    Glad you’re feeling better, man. My little one is finally better after a month of that shit.

    And Tiger Woods can’t even play golf anymore! Who needs him!?

  • Stalkeye

    Good to hear that your daughter is doing OK, that shit aint no joke!
    We had a scare last week when our Goddaughter underwent surgery due to appendicitis but she pulled through like a Champ.

    I feel very fortunate and blessed as she’s like the Kid i never had cause technically, i don’t have any children.

    (Not that i know of..LOL)

  • Mr Nick Nightly

    Poor kid! I hate seeing kids go through that shit. Very happy to hear she’s alright.

  • Stalkeye

    Yeah, even at times when she drives me Cray-cray, she’s still my lil’ Princess. She was anxious to resume her karate a few days after her surgery, but I told her that the blue belt can wait! An orange belt is good enough.

    for what she went through, we hooked her up with a discontinued Storm action figure that’s worth $50.00. Her reaction was priceless!
    She’s a big fan of Storm.

  • Stalkeye

    I love how you interject certain songs with the specified topic and in this case, it’s the struggle of Blacks within a racially charged era.

    Most impressive. Hopefully one day, you’ll dedicate an article to the Music of Blaxploitation. There were quite a few gems that came from those films.

  • Stalkeye

    Dead at 26? Imagine what he could have further brought to the genre?

  • Mr Nick Nightly

    Funny you mention that! I’ve got plans to feature the best soundtracks of that era.

  • Mr Nick Nightly

    It’s a damn shame! This album was produced by Curtis Mayfield who wrote “Hard Times” and does an amazing version of it.

  • Mr Nick Nightly

    Also, thank you. I put a lot of thought into these and think it’s vital to get inside the songs.

  • Stalkeye

    Looking forward to it! Hopefully, you’ll pick some of my favorites.
    I’m sure Mayfield and Hayes will get a mention, but there are a few that deserve as much mention despite not achieving critical and commercial success like the aforementioned artists.

  • Wabbit Season!

    Such a disturbing title…

  • Alex OG Minard

    my favorite of his

  • Cory????????

    Dude, that’s so fucking cool