Sunday, January 11, 2009

Disco but NOT Disco: Scritti Politti - Wood Beez (Pray Like Aretha Franklin)



HELLO EVERYONE! I hope everyone had a smashing Holiday season, I must say we had a wonderful one last year. So back to business....FABULOUS MUSIC!

Earlier this decade there was this track with very enchanting lyrics, and a great beat. I would here it around the underground party scene but could not for the life of me understand what it said or who it was by. Magically, the song popped up in a live mix on 93.3 FM while in Orlando and getting ready for some Cyberzone action. Thankfully I was recording the mix so I was destined to find the song, but I never did.

Then during the glorious Napster days I was downloading some tracks off of someone's folder who had a bunch of Breaks. Low and behold I FOUND THE TRACK! Unfortunately, not a full version but I didn't care. It sounds as if Hybrid may have been behind that particular mix, I'm not really sure. Personally I also loved the track because a very distinct lyric which says "Pray like Aretha Franklin". NO ONE believed that it actually said that but for the life of me I swore it did.

This past week while working out at a friends private gym, the song comes up on her iPod. As I was lifting some iron I cheerfully sang my favorite lyric. I was stopped in the middle of my set because of a minor argument with my friend on whether the song actually said that. She did some research, and found the track is actually a synth pop gem released in 1984. 

AND IT DID SAY "PRAY LIKE ARETHA FRANKLIN"!!!

Here is the original 12" mix of Wood Beez (Pray Like Aretha Franklin...haha!) by Scritti Politti, and the Breaks mix that led to all the madness. Don't you just love what music can do to you! -- MikeeGB

1 comment:

djethell said...

Awww, babes, the link is dead. Any chance of a re-boot. Happy Christmas by the way,
D x