Sunday, January 30, 2005

why did you do it?


Gregory1, originally uploaded by thebeathunters.

STRETCH/WHY DID YOU DO IT?/GONE
ariola, 1975
well, i didn't find the dcbasehead live e.p. but i'm sure it's here somewhere and will surface someday. seems like anyone didn't get much into it anyway though i wish i had some feedback about these guys from the official hiphop blogheads, whatever.
today's track is a club classic. stretch was a seventies rock band formed by drummer jim russell and former curved air guitarist gregory kirby, who billed himself simply as "kirby" and signed this hit. plenty of info about that band british HERE
why did you do it?" charted number 16 in UK in november 1975. funny that their most successful track seems like an UFO in their discography. rated at their 1976 peak by critics as "the greatest british blues and boogie band of the era"... they "nearly blew ritchie blackmore's rainbow off stage", which sure means a lot to whom it may concern.
however, this track is a pure soulful gem and will rock any floor any time. originally issued on the "elastique" album BUY
it also appeared on the "lock, stock and two smoking barrels" soundtrackBUY

6 comments:

Koolski said...

The song title is actually a question to Mick Fleetwood, who recruited the musicians to back him to tour as Fleetwood Mac. He asked them to start practising and he would join them on the day of the first gig. Which he did not and thus Fleetwood Max toured for the first time without any original FM member. Of course it was not really fun to be on tour like that. But it makes agreat story...
There are a few other Stretch tracks that combine blues, rock and funk in a ass-shaking way.
Thanks for reminding me... always a pleasure to drop by.

adam said...

Sounds better here than on the LS & 2SB soundtrack for some reason. Another one me to keep an eye out for in the record stores, thanks for the tip.

thebeathunters said...

thanks koolski for another piece of rock memorabilia. of course i thought the lyrics were about guy being dumped etc... which ones are these great blues/funk stretch tracks?
adam, i haven't heard the LS2B soundtrack and can't recall it from the movie. maybe it was some hardhouse remix as there's plenty of them around, so watch out for the original version

Nick Francis said...

Never heard this track before. For some reason it reminds me a little of "Couldnt Get it Right" by the Climax Blues Band. Maybe its the vocalist or the guitar riff, or something. Great groove. Thanks.

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