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“Spread the Groove” by Bohannon

bohannon.jpgWhat else can be said about you after your name is repeatedly shouted out in one of the greatest songs ever recorded? Not much, so I’ll let Hamilton Bohannon speak mostly for himself. I have to admit, I’d listened to and loved the Tom Tom Club’s “Genius of Love” for more than a decade before I bothered to figure out who this guy was. He created some of the tightest and funkiest dance music of the 70s, I my opinion, and was no slouch when it came to album covers either.

From the sleeve to Dance Your Ass Off:

PLAY THIS RECORD LOUD
P.S. Dance Your Ass Off is not used in the sense of profanity.

There’s a signed 8×10 of Bohannon in the basement of Union Hall, a bar in my neighborhood, that I think is there mostly to spotlight his hairdo. I covet it.

Bohannon, “Spread the Groove” from the Dance Your Ass Off LP on Brunswick Records (1975)

Tom Tom Club’s “Genius of Love”:
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“Get A Little,” by Patrick Cowley

This is from Buffalo Native, San Francisco electro pioneer Patrick Cowley’s 1981 album, Megatron Man. I first became a fan of Cowley when I picked up his second album, Mind Warp, based solely on the cover art. I eventually was able to track down this disc, which represents, in my opinion, his best work. Though it’s firmly rooted in the trappings of late 70s Hi-NRG/club music, there are traces of post-punk and kitsch that remind me of the Cramps and the Pop Group, as well as, (big surprise!) the Athens, GA bands from that time.

Patrick Cowley, “Get A Little”, from Megatron Man (1981)

More Patrick Cowley tracks are available for download on his posthumous MySpace, discography here. Looks like there was a 2007 re-release of his Donna Summer Remix that you can buy here in you are rich. Or you can buy this collection from Amazon, which has some awesome “Customers also bought…” suggestions.

“Menergy” on Youtube, with a slide show of Cowley Imagery.
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