Five Songs, 2/18/2022
Five Songs

Five Songs, 2/18/2022

Cypress Hill, "Hand on the Pump"

It's kind of incredible that a song as weird as this one made as much of an impact on popular culture as it did. Not that it doesn't smoke, it does, but everything from the odd vocal loop, to B-Real's nasal vocal, to the squeaky noises all over, to the sing-song chorus is off-kilter. It's fantastic stuff! Just odd.

Common, "Black America Again"

The title track from Common's 2016 album, he used a lot of guest artists on the record, with the biggest one on this track. Stevie Wonder sounds great, as always, and Common in general turns in a fine performance across the whole album. I think it's his best record since Be.

Kool & the Gang, "Jungle Boogie"

I first heard this song in Pulp Fiction, where it's so striking on the soundtrack. I had to go track it down after that, and it was so worth it. I know that admitting that it was Tarantino of all people who put me on to Kool & the Gang is probably very silly, but whatever, Kool & the Gang rules and so does this.

Thundercat, "Dragonball Durag"

Thundercat's falsetto always kind of makes it seem like his tunes are a bit of a put-on, and the playful touches like that little sax thing a little way into the song play in to that impression. But, of course, playful isn't silly, and this is a great tune even if it has some less than serious elements.

Homeboy Sandman, "Wondering Why"

Nice list today!

Joshua Buergel
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