Thursday, September 28, 2006

Kung Fu Fighting

Kung Fu Fighting

(Douglas)

An oldie but goodie. Our version of this Carl Douglas classic ALMOST made it onto one of Pravda records 70's tribute compilations back in the early 90's, but it was not to be. The deft implementation of chunks of "A Fistful of Yen" from "Kentucky Fired Movie" make it a stone classic, tho.
Fondest memory: several of us working the wah-wah pedal like a bellows while Scott H got funky. Studio fun!

Al: Vox
Sook: Backing vox, percussion, SFX
Scott: Guitar, backing vox
Mike: Keys, backing vox
Dave: Drums, backing vox

Hey! Here are some more profiles, keeds...

The Playas:
Scott Sookman (Sook): Pop Machine:
Raconteur-about-town Scott Sookman is the high priest of high concept and one of the creative minds behind the whole Pop Machine venture. Willing to tackle songwriting in almost every conceivable genre, Sook has dabbled in bass guitar, percussion and keyboards but seems to be most comfortable behind the vocal mic, creating characters and adding entertaining fillips in his own inimitable manner. Sit down, have a drink, and be entertained.

Scott Hewitt (Scott): Pop Machine:
Guitarissimo and songwriter Scott Hewitt provides the all-important final angle in the three-cornered hat which is Pop Machine. Always there with a great song idea or way to punch up someone else's, Scott has a quick mind and caustic wit which can also be viewed at:
Check it out.

Mike Lawrence (Mike):
Keyboard wizard (an overused term but appropriate here) Mike Lawrence has been indulging us in our whole Pop Machine/Osmium trip now for 15 years and still picks up the phone when we call. A prolific and talented songsmith in his own right, Mike is always up for a challenge and throws himself into every musical situation he finds himself in with gusto and finds a way to come out on the winning side. His advice has been invaluable...who else could come up with a great vocal arrangement on a song devoted to Whirling Blades of Death?

3 Comments:

Blogger Scott said...

I'd like to add that this song was supposed to sound like Happy Mondays, a purposeful similarity that perhaps only NME reader out of 100 would even pick up on. Even though it's from the early '90's, PM's version of KFF still manages to update the 70's cheese factor quite nicely to a point where the song is closer to pleasantly humourous than balls-out embarassing. Definitely in the PM Hall of Fame.

6:59 PM  
Blogger Allan said...

Yeah, I dig this, a true group effort. You picked the rights bits from KFM, no doubt.

11:43 PM  
Anonymous Gator said...

And note that Al nearly collapsed during the recording of this - - listen closely for the "I'm going to faint" - - continuing on singing in spite of physical exhaustion. It also pre-dates my movie-making with Tommy G, as I remember my relatives getting a kick out of this at Thanksgiving.

8:43 PM  

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