Friday Mix-Up, David Bowie/Aaron Neville Edition

More
by Ricardo Gutierrez

This past week I've had two songs thoroughly implanted in my mind, running on loop: "Young Americans" and "Hercules". So what better way to exercise the demons than to put them in a mix?

Young Americans was the second Bowie album I really got into, after a recommend to me by a fellow engineer. I admit, I was pretty late in life to the Bowie train, but once I got on, I was hooked. That whole album is pretty fresh, plus it's got John Lennon on it (hitting those high notes on "Fame"), Luther Vandross hitting up the background vocals on some of his earliest appearances, David Sanborn and Ralph MacDonald, among others. Can't really go wrong. I dig the sound of the album, what Bowie described as "plastic soul", in a somewhat self-effacing manner. But I really feel it was a bridge between the '70s and '80s sounds, between Philly Soul and Bowie Pop. We all know Bowie was constantly ahead of the times and this album was on the cusp of him moving to Berlin and working on his "Berlin Trilogy" which would influence so much music in it's wake. I'm sure some major props for the sound also go to Tony Visconti as well as the fact that the album was recorded at Sigma Sound, the Philly recording studio that birthed so many Gamble and Huff hits.

"Hercules" is just such a hot song. Aaron Neville kills it. There really isn't much that needs to be said about it, just check it out. Plus it's been sampled a bunch.

I could write whole sections on each of these songs, but, let's get to the music.

PS: Admiralfrogpants, I finally got around to hearing your "Disco Duck" mix on my way to the studio this morning. Great song selection, love the blends and thanks for ending it with Babe Ruth, haven't listened to "The Mexican" in a long, long time. Classic song. I don't drink coffee in the morning, but your mix was a good pick-me-up. Can you please post the tracklist for me in the comments area? I don't know some of those songs but I need them in my life. 

Tracklisting:

Expreso De Medianoche - Giorgio Moroder
Otha Fish - The Pharcyde
Hey Hey What Can I Do - Led Zeppelin
Young Americans - David Bowie
Hercules - Aaron Neville
Elevators - Outkast
Just Kissed My Baby - The Meters
Oh Yoko! - John Lennon
Que Lio - Willie Colon feat. Hector Lavoe
Stay Off the Fuckin' Flowers - Blacroc (The Black Keys feat. Raekwon)










Jump to comments
Presented by

Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle. More

Born in 1975, the product of two beautiful parents. Raised in West Baltimore -- not quite The Wire, but sometimes ill all the same. Studied at the Mecca for some years in the mid-'90s. Emerged with a purpose, if not a degree. Slowly migrated up the East Coast with a baby and my beloved, until I reached the shores of Harlem. Wrote some stuff along the way.

Get Today's Top Stories in Your Inbox (preview)

Sad Desk Lunch: Is This How You Want to Die?

How to avoid working through lunch, and diseases related to social isolation.


Elsewhere on the web

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register. blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

Where Time Comes From

The clocks that coordinate your cellphone, GPS, and more

Video

Computer Vision Syndrome and You

Save your eyes. Take breaks.

Video

What Happens in 60 Seconds

Quantifying human activity around the world

Writers

Up
Down

More in Entertainment

From This Author

Just In