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Funk for Friday: Sly & The Family Stone, Family Affair

Another Sly tune from their dark and drug-addled days in Los Angeles – which again sounds much more positive than their biography of the time would lead one to expect…

Sly & The Family Stone, “Family Affair” – from There’s a Riot Goin’ On (1971)

The beat is great and I love the keyboards,  but it is the vocals that really make the song for me –  Sly’s raspy voice, and also the intimacy of it, the way it’s is pushed forward in the mix. Listen to it on headphones and it sounds like Sly and his sister Rose are right there next to you, singing to you.

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is an over-caffeinated and under-employed grad school dropout, aspiring leftwing intellectual and cultural studies academic, cinéaste, and former poet. Raised in San Francisco on classic film, radical politics, burritos and soul music, then set loose upon the world. He spends his time in coffee shops with his laptop and headphones, caffeinating and trying to construct a post-whatever life.

 

What's in a name... The handle "zerode" is a contraction of Zéro de Conduite, the title of Jean Vigo's 1933 movie masterpiece about schoolboy rebellion.

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