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Friday, February 12, 2010

Disco 9000 [a.k.a. Fass Black] (1977)


Fass Black (John Poole, Death Drug) owns the Disco 9000, a neon-lit penthouse dance club that’s one of the top nightspots in Los Angeles. He also owns Disco 9000 Records, a successful label that provides the music for this venue. A rival mogul ascertains that his company can’t get a hit record in the Los Angeles market without exposure at the Disco 9000, but he fails to convince Black to play his company’s records at the club. So his goons make life difficult for Black...

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Kiss My Baadasssss - Ice-T's Guide To Blaxploitation (UKTV - 1994)
Ice-T, rapper and actor, looks at the film genre of blaxploitation and black culture. The half-hour programme features Iceberg Slim, Richard Roundtree, Isaac Hayes and Melvin Van Peebles. I recorded it back in 1994, when it was shown as part of the Without Walls TV series and ripped it exclusively for Cinemageddon.

Funkbacks comment
Well, I couldn't resist sharing this w. the rest of the blaxpride comunity as this might very well be one of the most earnest docus on the subject out there. If You doubt me check Ice T's own Soul On Ice from POWER (1988), which also includes the cover of Curtis Mayfield's Pusherman in I'm Your Pusher. Ice-T was The Mack back then! He also masterminded a compilation a few years earlier that plays like a soundtrack to this. It's brief but has a few rarely heard cuts on there, thanx to Musicdawn we all can enjoy this like it's supposed to be now.

Provided by Cinemageddon user toecutter thru Funkback

Link to soundtrack review
Various artists - Pimps, players & private eyes (1991)

Lloyd Price - The Legend Of Nigger Charley OST 45 (1972) Blaxploitation Pride Exlusive!

The Legend Of Nigger Charley, Lloyd Price Paramount PAA-0168, 1972
Here's one that most blaxploitation collectors aren't aware of - the original theme tune to the original Nigger Charley movie. Never released on LP, this 45 includes a religious gospel tune (presumably from the film), and the downtempo funky main theme. It's a good one - plenty of wah, a good chant (although dubious non-PC lyric) and even a good break with strong big band funky horns. Well worth a dig.

The donor wishes to remain anonymous. But show some appreciation all the same!

Link to movie reviewMartin Goldman - Legend of Nigger Charley (1972)

Hubert Laws - A Hero Ain't Nothin' But A Sandwich (1978)

1. School's Out [Benji's Theme] 2 I'm Your Fool [Butler's Theme]
3. Tiger's Pad
4. Trackin'
5. Rehabilitation
6. Drop and Pop
7. Somebody Right Now
8. Something to Feel Good
9. I Can't Leave You, Sweets
10. I'm Your Fool (Butler's Theme - Reprise)
Hubert Laws is best known for his small group dinner jazz-style material. It's a sound that can easily become background music and is too smooth for modern tastes. This album is features one notable exception, the great late 70s funk instrumental 'School's Out (Benji's Theme)' and is worth its bargain-bin price tag for that track alone. The film starred Paul 'Gordon's War' Winfield and Cicely Tyson and was based on the novel by Alice Childress.

Movie Review
A Hero Ain't Nothin' But A Sandwich (1978)