Absolutely Funky Mule
Marvin Holmes & The Uptights: The Funky Mule (Pt. 1) and (Pt. 2)
From Absolute Funk Vol. 4 (Body and Soul, 2007)
Buddy Miles Express: Funky Mule
From Expressway to Your Skull (Mercury, 1968)
Ike Turner and the Kings of Rhythm: Funky Mule
From Black Man's Soul (Pompeii, 1969)
First of all, I would like introduce this post by a great news! Seun Kuti comes in Paris! Ness (Voodoo Night) send me the information these dayzzz. Ness is a Djay, and music writer for the renown french audioblog parisdjs.com and for the Teaser magazine. I learn on his myspace that his father introduced him to culture and music and that Manu Dibango, Don Cherry and Fela Kuti were friends of the family. Damn!!! So... next Teaser coverage is about Afrobeat.
See all details about Seun Kuti in Paris here.
"In the footsteps of the monkey, the camel, the penguin and the chicken, animal names often inspired dance moves to the black American community. Oakland-bred California funk pioneers Marvin Holmes & The Uptights parade on their Funky Mule, Parts 1 & 2, a song first released on the Boola Boola label in 1968, before being soon born again as Ride Your Mule on Revue. One find it overly hard not to be swept away by that glamourous bragging brass as it fans it's tail right on one's face, by those frenzied rythmics, by the bare bone Jimmy 'Chank' Nolan-style guitar riffs and by Holmes wild exhorting to dance. The song was mainly reinterpreted by Buddy Miles Express and Ike Turner & The Kings Of Rhythm. Their following single, the memorable Ooh-Ooh The Dragon, became the combo's only hit, through they did altogether record four albums." (extracted from liner notes).
Otherwise, I can't tell you better myself than Florent Mazzoleni(*) about the story of these tune. Excepted that we tune Ooh-Oh The Dragon on our last radio show.
Check out the playlist [mp3].
(*) Florent Mazzoleni is the author of James Brown, Black America, Soul and Funk (Les Editions Hors Collection, 2005) - information here in french.