This Weekend Playlist is a tribute to New York, with four favourite tracks bringing back different memories of the greatest city on earth… Enjoy these classics…
The 1972 blaxploitation movie ‘Across 110th Street’ has mostly been forgotten, but the title song from the film’s soundtrack endures. Soul veteran Bobby Womack wrote and performed this gritty funk number about growing up and getting by in Harlem. It’s so good that Columbia University’s radio station named a show after it.
LCD Soundsystem – New York, I Love You..
LCD Soundsystem mastermind James Murphy is known for raucous disco tracks coated with more than one layer of irony. So where did this thoughtful, piano-driven ballad about a young man and his hometown come from? The heart, presumably. Murphy sings about grappling with a New York that is suddenly sanitized, normalized, Bloombergized — theoretically improved, but not the ‘filthy but fine’ city he grew up dreaming about. We never thought Murphy would break our hearts, but he did it with the couplet, ‘Take me off your mailing list / For kids who think it still exists.’
Odyssey – Native New Yorker..
Odyssey was a New York based dance music band. It grew out of the talent of the Virgin Islands born Lopez sisters: Lillian Lopez (born 16 November 1945), Louise Lopez (born 22 February 1943), and Carmen Lopez who later dropped out of the group.Tony Reynolds was added, at which point the band became known as Odyssey. The group was best known for its December 1977 hit “Native New Yorker”, which reached #21 on the Billboard Hot 100, and was later covered by Frankie Valli.
Alicia Keys – New York..
This is beautifully sung and exposes all her raw talents. Without the rapping of jay-z it takes on a different meaning becoming more of a ballad. These streets will make you feel brand new… Enjoy…