I think my favorite MG's track is probably The Hip-Hug-Her. Epitomizes the way they were able to be super-funky by understating the funkiness. Fairly straight rhythms played super tightly with just the right accents and a little peppering of syncopation.
― this guy's a gangsta? his real name's mittens. (Hurting 2), Monday, 14 May 2012 18:22 (1 year ago) Permalink
I watched the recent PBS documentary on Cab Calloway just a couple days ago and there's a great interview with Dunn and Cropper on the Blues Brothers filming and recording - hopefully it's up on YouTube somewhere. Say what you will about the Blues Brothers, but for a 12 year old in 1978 they were a terrific gateway to great music. I got to see Dunn play once (when Neil Young had Booker T & the MGs as his backing band) - wish there was a DVD release of that tour.
― Vini Reilly Invasion (Elvis Telecom), Monday, 14 May 2012 19:27 (1 year ago) Permalink
Say what you will about the Blues Brothers, but for a 12 year old in 1978 they were a terrific gateway to great music.
OTM. also they got all those guys working again.
― It was you. Miming to Tenacious D. (stevie), Tuesday, 15 May 2012 07:08 (1 year ago) Permalink
Forreals! This movie was my first intro to seeing artists do songs I knew in totally different arrangements. The version of "Think" is one in particular.
And, if nothing else, I can drop "If the shit fits, wear it." in any crowd, and instantly know who was paying attention.
RIP, Mr. Dunn. Heaven's band just got a much bigger bottom end.
― Sauvignon Blanc Mange (B.L.A.M.), Tuesday, 15 May 2012 14:48 (1 year ago) Permalink
― Ian Hunter Is Learning the Game (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 19 May 2012 12:03 (11 months ago) Permalink
I was just talking with someone who played in a pick-up band with Duck Dunn one night, and he asked about some "Midnight Hour" mystery. Apparently, if you listen closely, there's a missing bass note somewhere in there, where during the take Dunn missed the switch to the bridge or chorus or something, but everything else was perfect, so in real time during the mix there was a guy on the boards who just zeroed the bass for that one night then faded it right back up!
― Josh in Chicago, Friday, 1 June 2012 15:33 (11 months ago) Permalink
P good. Interesting how you can hear the differences in rhythmic approach btw the MGs and Crazy Horse -- want to say the MGs play a little more on top of the beat than Crazy Horse.
― this guy's a gangsta? his real name's mittens. (Hurting 2), Friday, 1 June 2012 15:58 (11 months ago) Permalink