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Podcast Episode
Season
Ten
number
497
Type
Album Review
Post Date
7/21/2020

Big Chief

Instead of Red Hot Chili Peppers or Primus funk, Big Chief channeled 70s blaxploitation films on the 1993 album Mack Avenue Skullgame

Funk music might be most commonly associated with 1970s bands like Funkadelic, Parliament, Sly & The Family Stone, the Ohio Players and other more, but the 1990s saw their fair share of funk enthusiasts slip into the alternative mainstream. The Red Hot Chili Peppers had become an MTV staple, Primus and Faith No More explored the outer edges, while bands like the Beastie Boys, Living Colour, Infectious Grooves, and more put their own spin on the sound. In Ann Arbor, Michigan, the remnants of 80s hardcore bands the Necros, Laughing Hyenas and others formed Big Chief, whose 1991 skewed towards the alternative metal sound. That would not be the case on their 1993 follow-up, Mack Avenue Skullgame. Dubbed an "Original Soundtrack" for a movie that does not exist, the album is a faithful throwback to the 70s blaxploitation sounds of soundtracks like Shaft, Superfly, Cleopatra Jones and others. The band lays down authentic if updated funk sounds and adds the necessary vocals of Thornetta Davis to add melodic punch. But like all soundtracks, can the concept work without the imagery to go with it?

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Songs in this episode

  • Intro - My Name Is Pimp (Mack's Theme)
  • 19:08 - One Born Every Minute (Doc's Theme)
  • 24:18 - If I Had A Nickle For Every Dime
  • 27:32 - No Free Love On The Street
  • 32:55 - Cop Kisser (Mack F*cks Up The Scene At The Freezer)
  • Outro - Cut To The Chase

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