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Give It Up for … Blowfly!

Whether you recognize the stage moniker of Clarence Reid or think of a disgusting carrion-inhabiting insect, you probably are in the right frame of mind here. Under his Christian name, Blowfly (nsfw) was quite a prolific songwriter of the r&b scene in the ’60′s and ’70′s for artists such as Sam & Dave and his pen even spewed some top 10 hits for the likes of Betty Wright, Gwen McCrae, and KC & The Sunshine Band. But his musical prowess goes beyond that. Known for making up raunchy parody lyrics to soul classics since his youth, Blowfly would perform these renditions at private parties for the pure entertainment of his music industry friends. Once he was convinced to take the act public, he donned the superhero disguise and nickname to protect his songwriting alter ego, and the legend was born.


As Blowfly, Clarence Reid is almost never serious.

Since most record labels wouldn’t dare to touch his often X-rated shtick, the Cochran, Georgia native produced a number of his dirty soul and funk albums independently and evolved to become the “original dirty rapper” just when the genre was taking off in the mid 1970′s. Often called misogynistic, lewd, and downright offensive, Blowfly’s parodies and perversions have been cited as influence for such luminaries as Kool Keith, 2 Live Crew, Weird Al Yankovic, Ice-T, and Rudy Ray Moore.

At age 73, he’s still kicking, including the release of 3 albums (2 studio, 1 live) over the past 7 years and is still travelling and performing live to date. A recent (and critically acclaimed) documentary, appropriately titled The Weird World of Blowfly (nsfw), traverses the life of Clarence/Blowfly through their early and musical history to the present day.

Funky Party!

Every party’s a Funky Party with Blowfly!

So, why all the hub-bub over what many consider just a dirty old man? Well, Blowfly is gracing the city of Atlanta this Saturday, July 14 at 529, and The Electric Boogaloo will be giving away a pair of passes on this Thursday’s (7/12) show. The bill also carries a couple of Atlanta acts, Noot d’ Noot and 4-IZE, which are currently pushing boundaries in the funk and hip-hop genres, respectively. So tune in, just as I know you normally would, to get a chance to see a living legend. We’ve even cobbled together a couple of radio edits of some ‘fly classics, and trust me, that was no easy task.

In the meantime, here is a sample (nsfw) of the master’s work.

Here’s What’s Up

It’s been a while since the last concert update known as our What’s Up with What’s Going Down, and there are a few good shows coming up (Note: I’m probably missing some, so contact me to get your gig on this list) so let’s get to it…

Noot d' Noot at The Bookhouse

Psyche. First, if you’ve been checking for the playlists, and they haven’t been coming, you can always grab them off our Twitter feed. OK, now for the funky event update, brought to you by your friends here at The Electric Boogaloo:

That’s all for now. Stay tuned and stay funky, Atlanta!

Electric Boogaloo Playlist for 05.10.12

Last week’s playlist: Go! (As always, you can grab it live right off ourTwitter.)

Playlist for 05/10/12:

  • Artist – Title
  • Donald Byrd – You and the Music
  • Sammy Davis Jr. – Keep Your Eye on the Sparrow
  • War – Corns and Callouses
  • Temptations – Superstar (Remember How You Go)
  • Jazz Chronic – Drop tha Funk
  • Wilson Pickett – Funky Broadway
  • Ronnie Foster – Mystic Brew
  • Monophonics – Like Yesterday
  • Wild Cherry – Put Yourself in My Shoes
  • Curtis Mayfield – No Thing on Me (Cocaine Song) [instrumental]
  • Syl Johnson – Sockin’ Soul Power
  • Vernon Burch – Do It To Me
  • Ruby Velle & the Soulphonics – My Dear

Pick up the stream of last week’s show here! or embedded in the Electric Boogaloo home page and be sure to grab a fresh one every Thursday night at 11pm on 91.1 fm Atlanta or wrek.org.

And you may have to turn the volume down, but this is a pretty sweet live version of Funky Broadway:

Funk Smorgasbord

Going to use this as a catchup post, since we’re a few playlists behind, and remind you about some events coming up and do a few announcements as well. Let’s get to it…

First, a reminder that this weekend is the Twain’s Springfest. It’s $10 (with proceeds to go to the Atl. Community Food Bank), all day (1pm – 11) and features some pretty fine local acts, including sub-headliners Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics. You may note that they’ve got quite a few spots on our latest Concert Rundown, and that is because they’ve got their long-awaited debut album dropping in July. So stay tuned for that.

Ruby Velle and the Soulphonics

Also, to soon be on the updated and aforementioned Concert Rundown, Atlanta’s own Cadillac Jones will be playing at the EARL on June 2, in a special kind of show. In between sets of them and Abby Wren there will be short film screenings, all produced by GSU students and inspired by The Big Takedown, the C-Jones ‘soundtrack’ album to the pseudo-film of the same name. So expect plenty of Sabotage style chase scenery and I’m sure some classic wardrobes.

The Big Takedown

Alright, we’re two playlists in the hole, and of course, I’ve got to throw the show together for tonight. Hopefully I’ll get that one posted a little quicker. I did, however, want to give a special thanks to Agent 45, who came through and blessed us with for the 4/26 set. So if that list seems quite a bit longer and smarter than normal, there you go. Anywho, here are the jams that “came on down” last week. As always, you can grab it live right off of Twitter.

Playlist for 04/26/12:

  • Artist – Title
  • Noot d’ Noot – Yer Fix
  • Funkadelic/Parliament – Fantasy is Reality
  • Boscoe – He Keeps You
  • Ohio Players – Pain
  • Albert Ayler – Free at Last

The Agent, then, takes over…

  • Bobby Williams – Funky Superfly pt 1
  • Teakwood – Can You Dig It
  • Stevo – Pay the Price
  • I-20 Connection – Dreaming
  • Hank Carbo – Bad Luck
  • Alex Williams & the Mustangs – The Thrill Ain’t Gone
  • Hellaphinalia – Ain’t Nothin Superstar About Me
  • Freddy Wilson – Promise Land
  • Ernest Skipper – Shotgun Joe
  • [Hoctor Records Artist] – Do It (Till You’re Satisfied)
  • Dirty Dozen Brass Band – Blackbird Special
  • Gorgeous George – Get Up Off It
  • South Side Coalition – Get off Your Seats and Jam
  • Billy Young – Suffering with a Hangover pt. 1
  • Ojeda Penn – Brotherson

Playlist for 05/03/12:

  • Artist – Title
  • Dr. John – Kingdom of the Izzness
  • Dr. John – Eleggua
  • Alan Toussaint – Get Out My LIfe Woman
  • Carl Marshall & Sound Dimension – Mardi Gras Party
  • Aaron Neville – Hercules
  • Lee Dorsey – Yes We Can
  • James Brown – Funky President (People It’s Bad)
  • Funkadelic – Red Hot Mama
  • Reuben Bell – Super Jock
  • Dr. John – Mama Roux
  • The Meters – Handclapping Song
  • The Pointer Sisters – Going Down Slowly
  • Marilyn Barbarin – Reborn
  • – Professor Longhair – Big Chief
  • Rebirth Brass Band – Big Chief

Pick up the stream of last week’s show here! or embedded in the Electric Boogaloo home page and be sure to grab a fresh one every Thursday night at 11pm on 91.1 fm Atlanta or wrek.org.

Concert Rundown

It’s been a little overdue, and in fact, we forgot to warn you about a couple of key shows last week. Hopefully you caught the Georgia Soul Council at their usual last Saturday of the month at The 51 (at Elliott Street Pub). Of course, they’ll be there again to round out May. The Noot d’ Noot show last friday at the Star Bar was off the chain for sure, and they’ll be back out in their natural habitat for this month’s Kirkwood Spring Fling.  I didn’t get to see Cadillac Jones at the Inman Park Fest, as the forecast was too hot and hungover this past Sunday, but I’m sure they ripped it just as they did at the Sweetwater 4/20 fest.

Well, that about covers what we missed or saw in the last week or so, let’s get you up to date with What’s Up with What’s Going Down for the spring and early summer, brought to you by your friends here at The Electric Boogaloo:

I’ll post last week’s playlist (ably handled by Agent45) in a day or so as an addendum to tonight’s playlist. Be sure and tune in at 11pm on wrek 91.1 fm in Atlanta, and streaming at that link a few words back, as we’ll have a New Orleans themed set just in time for Jazz Fest.

That’s all for now. Stay tuned and stay funky, Atlanta!