The Chi-Lites (2x)

You should most certainly get into the Chi-Lites if you aren’t already. As far as “sentimental” vocal groups go, these guys blossomed into something more than penning listless love tunes usually leads to. Highly original, Eugene Record on lead vocals composing most of their songs, they had many hits at the climax of their popularity. That’s them with the oft-covered “Oh Girl” (see Young-Holt Unlimited’s excellent instrumental on the LP of the same name) as well as “Have You Seen Her” – but it’s near the end of their tenure with the Brunswick label, with whom they spent most of their recording career, that two really great tracks surface.

“Stoned Out of My Mind” – all cultural updates aside – is a great jam about a spurned love affair, getting dogged and getting over it and taking your mind back for yourself, while “Take A Trip” follows the opposite path in describing how bad ass it is to have a lady and be with her on an island. Which is pretty much accurate. Simple, but true. A fair summation of this group, in my opinion.

“So much beauty”

The Chi-Lites – Stoned Out of My Mind
The Chi-Lites – Take A Trip

Time (Less-ness)

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Poem by Tom Clark

Eugene McDaniels – Cherrystones

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In what truly has to be one of the most far out arrangements of a soul song I’ve ever heard, Eugene McDaniels (The Left Rev. MC D) went for the golden nail in his song Cherrystone from his “Outlaw” LP offering. Post-revolution hangover says let’s try it again, just with no bras or balls this time. A man of film and song, politics and the cloth, both of McDaniels’ records on Atlantic have a wild amount of exploration on them. The delivery ranges from Jagger to Diamond, the lyrics and tunes themselves pull off the rails almost every time only to find the groove again, or one that’s more on its own terms. Venture on, dear reader.

Eugene McDaniels – Cherrystones

Side note: His “Headless Heroes of the Apocalypse” album got then-VP Spiro Agnew to offer up a cease-and-desist to Atlantic records regarding its release.

Fly Golden Eagle Summer Run

Crib Ennui: Spring ’15 Mix

D/L later if I feel like mp3 hunting.

BLACKTOOTH RECORDS PRESENTS: ACTUALIZE zine

These are not the bones you are looking for. Presenting ACTUALIZE Zine, a pictographically enunciated blast of appreciated hours at Kinkos, resulting in a fine-tuned page flipper. It’s like a prison movie.

Limited to a run in of 35, many of which sold at our Laugh Your Taxes Off variety show, but the residuals will be in the Blacktooth Store (sidebar) until they’re gone.

SILVER & GOLD – bad boys

“It’s so special when there’s something special…”

SILVER & GOLD – it’s high times

Here we find our lovely duo branching out to more progressive and illicit material. The label thought it was too heavy handed at the time and dropped the band almost immediately. Joke’s on those silly suits, however, because when SILVER & GOLD released the song anyway, it was their most massive hit to date, hitting #1 for 12 weeks straight on the billboard top 100 in 2013!!!!! It was also featured on season finally of Grey Anatomy.

SILVER & GOLD – girls

 

 

This is the joint that brought the group multi-north-american-national success. It was a smash hit on the Canadian billboard’s heat seekers, climbing all the way to #4 in the spring of 2013. 9 weeks strong!

SILVER & GOLD – fresh haircut at a champaign party

A #2 hit in non-com College radio in the fall of 2012!

The first big presence our duo had in the game. After this put them on the map they were able to start throwing weight around more. Stick around to see how they explore different subject matter and grow as artists as we here at Blacktooth recap the long-legged, high-striding career of Silver & Gold, as we lead up to Laugh Your Taxes Off, April 15 at the Crying Wolf with our exclusive real life Q&A with the boys.