Streatham Island Discs No.5 – Life And Death In G & A

June 5, 2009


Sly Stone

1970 found Sly Stone holed up in a Bel Air mansion, the air full of post-Manson dread, and Sly’s brain slowly frying in a cocaine haze. As the recording sessions for ‘There’s A Riot Going On’ stretched out into the distance, Sly found time to release several side-projects through his own vanity label, Stone Flower.

Perhaps the oddest is this one from Joe Hicks. Sly’s new Rhythm King drum machine keeps the beat. There’s a killer bassline oscillating, as you might expect from the title, between the G and A notes. One note organ-stabs and Joe’s unhinged vocals over the top. Minimal as you like.

Second track is a re-edit of Chairmen of the Board’s later cover version. I did some very simple edits, just to tighten it up a bit. Sounds good, I think.

Joe Hicks: Life And Death In G & A

Chairmen Of The Board: Life And Death In G & A (Tim’s Pause Button Edit)

[Tim Hayter]


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