Monday, August 11, 2008

Soul Man

Very sad to hear that Isaac Hayes has died- I can still remember hearing 'Shaft' for the first time as a guitar-interested (soon to be guitar-obsessed) schoolboy and wondering what on earth that sound was; all these years later it still sounds to me like the song that the wha-wha pedal was invented for (although for a Hendrix fan/bore like me there's more than a few votes for 'Voodoo Chile', 'Burning of the Midnight Lamp' etc.) With David Porter he co-wrote 'Soul Man', 'Hold On, I'm Coming', 'I Thank You'- how much cooler does it get than that? He also wore some of the most astonishing outfits any of us will ever see, 'though I'm not too sure about all that 'Black Moses' stuff myself...

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