Listen/Download – 7-11 – Dance the Slurp
I hope you’re all well.
I’d like to start by telling you that the mighty soul singer Solomon Burke died this past weekend, and if you dig him (or want to) head on over to Funky16Corners to check out my tribute.
In another bit of Funky16Corners synchronicity, the tune I bring you today is something that, no matter how many gallons of Slurpee I have ingested in my time on the earth, I would never have discovered were it not for a now famous mix of obscure funk 45s by DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist, known as Brainfreeze, which turned this 45 from a nickel and dime flea market oddity into a collectible.
The record in question is not, however funk, nor is it funky, or particularly soulful.
What is is, is an odd bit of au-go-go product placement, wherein the good people of the Southland Corporation, i.e. 7-11, long thought of as a repository of soft drinks, beef jerky, pornography, cigarettes and loitering (in other words a microcosm of suburban America), decided to musical-ize a paen to the wonderfulness of sugary slush, hoping that their customers, existing and future, would be taken away by the rapture (and the sugar, natch) and start dancing.
I have no inkling who the performer on this 45 is, but it is groovy, and what is a great record collection if not decorated with the fillagree of a great vinly oddity?
So, take off your pants, get out your straws and dance the slurp people.
It’s the only sane thing to do.
See you later in the week.