Music Moment: The Chi-Lites, “Oh Girl”

02 May

Oh yeaaaaaaaah

Has been a pretty good day. Received some moneyz from EVIL TOTALITARIAN ICELANDIC FASCIST STATE! How do i know that they are evil and fascist? Well they can take money directly out of your bank account if they want, but when they give you money, they give it to you in the form of a cheque, meaning you have to drudge to the bank to deposit it. Bugger.

Apart from that i have now bought my ticket for EISTNAFLUG and i can now announce that i will be heading back to my birthplace of Shetland this summer for the first time in about … ooh…. 11 years or so. And also my interview feature is finished and will be sent off to the editors tomorrow.

As for tonight’s music, i was busy reading my copy of this months WIRE magazine during my lunch break, with particular attention to the almost breathless feature by David Toop on mellow soul and the numerous dualities that lie within the genre (chaos and order, dirt and cleanliness, agony and ecstasy, etc). One song mentioned (along with a scene from “The Sopranos” where the track is used, that also encapsulates the songs nature perfectly) was “Oh Girl” by cult Philly Soul brothers, the CHI-LITES.  Apparently it was a massive hit when it came out in 1972. I´m rather partial to a good bit of dirty, mellow soul and the Chi-Lites have got all that in spades. Has an eerie similarity  to “If you don’t know me by now”, but the songs lyrics capture the mans turmoil at the thought of having to be without his girl, yet dealing with his mates jibes for being so loved up, while the soaring strings, marshmallow backing vocals and wailing harmonica just make you want to blub your eyes out at a picture of your favourite childhood pet, or maybe even your wife!


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