Love Is The Drug, And I Need To Score

Did ya miss me?

Yes, yes, I’ve been slacking on my Friday Night Strobe Lights.

So I’m here to make it up for you…really, for myself because I’m in a mood for some Bryan Ferry and Roxy Music.

This is the first song I heard by Roxy Music and I felt like I was thrust into a glamorous world of 1970s excess with hints of 60’s yesteryear and what society thought the 1980’s would be.

Does that make sense?

I’m tired.

But Roxy Music channeled the decade prior and the decade coming with elements of their contemporaries. It just made sense. They fit, and this time was meant for them.

And again, Bryan Ferry? The amount of class this guy possesses — these kids now could learn a thing or two:

Bryan Ferry

Bryan Ferry

I first heard of Bryan Ferry when I watched the film “Velvet Goldmine”. I had a nasty crush was a huge fan of Ewan McGregor’s, and I saw some of Jonathan Rhys-Meyers work, in which I developed a strong appreciation for his work. He was really a talented young fellow before he exposed the world to how he is a racist drunktard who is on permanent vacation in crazytown (it’s in the eyes! I should have known!).


Stare so hard, I feel like that muthaeffers trying to find me! That shi- cray.

If you’re unfamiliar with the film, it is loosely based on the relationship (working, and otherwise…) between Iggy Pop and David Bowie during his Ziggy Stardust era, particularly during the advent of British Glam rock. In addition, it showcased how that counterculture affected the generation of the time, specifically a young man portrayed by an even younger Christian Bale. That was his first adult role that I saw him in, from which also lead me to respect his development as an actor.

As for Roxy Music, I didn’t immediately jump right into listening to Roxy Music, but I never forgot the name. I remember hearing them on the radio a few years later by sheer accident. From that moment, I was hooked.

Anyway, I’m keeping it short tonight. Please enjoy my first and favorite track by Roxy Music (okay, top five. It’s hard to choose) :

Love Is The Drug


Friday Night Strobe Lights, May 31st/June 7th

Yes, my friends. I am behind. I know, I know.

Can you handle a triple dose of some Friday Night Strobe Lights?

I certainly hope so.

Recently, I acquired “The Groove” through my Sirius satellite radio subscription upgrade. An upgrade that was strangely discounted when I subscribed, and then strangely increased in price within in a month.

I’m not sure either. But with a lot of bitching and moaning, I got the rate back. That’s not matter, back The Groove. It used to be an internet-only station, but now they’ve upgraded to the satellite broadcast, which is great, since Sirius was limiting on their R&B channels. They have 40 channels dedicated to classic rock music, but for some reason, the urban market is only relegated to late 50s and 60s soul, 90’s R&B, Contemporary R&B, and Hip-Hop. There was never anything dedicated to what was in between, and these artists were responsible for bridging the years between the constant evolution of rhythm & blues music.

Now it’s time to jam to a few cuts:

Starting with Shalamar, Jody Watley, Jeffrey Daniels, and Howard Hewett were all members of it before they broke off into their respective solo careers. Again, I will dedicate a post to Shalamar. One of the best trios in rhythm and blues music.

And I am ashamed to say that I never heard of the following band until I got started listening to the station. I know I’ve heard the song, if only in passing, but the groove caught me bad. And I’ve been on the hunt for some of their music.

Dynasty is a severely underrated group that of which I am eager to discover more music.  Here’s another excuse to stock up on some of their vinyl cuts. “Groove Control” is the first song I heard by them:

Now, the last one — let me know if you can recognize the voice in the following video. He was a very well known back-up singer the established himself as a powerhouse in his own right:

How many of you knew that Luther Vandross was in a disco group called “Change”?




The Idle Mind is a Playground for the Devil

So, I promised a two-fer last week, and I failed miserably.

I apologize.

It was only because I got caught up in the Chic groove. How can you not love them?

Admittedly, I’ve been thinking about this Friday Night Strobe Lights post all week. I love all things disco, so it was hard for me to choose up until this moment. Peter Brown, anyone?

Peter Brown “Stargazer”

When I was in Los Angeles last year, I got caught up at Amoeba Music and I almost purchased that  record. No, an actual record, kids. Not a cd. Something that looks like this:

Vinyl Records. My weakness.

But I settled for classics such as as Oscar Brown’s “Sin & Soul”, Marlena Shaw’s “The Spice of Life”, Carly Simon’s “Playing Possum”, Robert Palmer’s “Riptide” (which was poorly scratched! It looked great in-store, but when I played it –my heart sank and drifted into an unspecified amount of pieces as it skipped mercilessly over my favorite track, “I Didn’t Mean To Turn You On“) and “Clues”, Gene McDaniels “Hit After Hit”, and Drupatee’s “Mr. Bissessar”.

I’m sure you don’t know the latter, unless you are Trinidadian, of other West Indian heritage, or into classic soca. Anyway, as we proceed — and by we, I mean me — here’s Peter Brown “Do You Wanna Get Funky With Me?”

This song wasn’t on Stargazer, but I heard it today and grooved for a mighty long time.