Saturday, 4 December 2010

The Voice behind Soul-Glo

Watched 'Coming To America' for about the gazillionth time yesterday. Remember laughing as a kid to lines like 'Your royal penis is cleaned', but I had forgotten how there are also a lot of VERY funny moments if you're into classic r&b/soul music. I'm talking about pitch-perfect parodies, so good you almost don't realise they're parodies. The sensational Stevie Wonder impression that Eddie Murphy does (as Randy Watson, who goes down like a lead balloon at the 'Black Awareness Day') comes to mind, but really it's all about Soul-Glo.

The soundtrack to the film is by Nile Rodgers (of Chic if you're a disco rookie), and he is actually responsible for recording the Soul-Glo jingle. At the time of the film he was producing the debut album of an unknown singer signed to EMI called Christopher Max. He could obviously sing hella high, and Nile got him in to do the vocal for Soul-Glo. The rest is history

Check the re-appearance of Soul-Glo again, this time when Daryll arrives at McDowells. The MIDI saxophone is basically the greatest thing ever and I can't stop listening to it. Seriously, i'm on the 58th time in a row now.

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