Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Music I Liked And Didn't - 2/21/07 - And Sad News From The Sun City Girls
BLACK MERDA: S/T LP (Lilith) - This is a reissue of the 1970 debut from the (hyperbolically) self-proclaimed “first black rock band”, Black Merda (pronounced “murder”). Based in Detroit, Black Merda, combined an interesting blend of influences ranging from blues and funky soul to the rock of Jimi Hendrix create their own unique sound. The group sounds tight and polished throughout the ten tracks on this LP, highlighted by solid guitar work and socially conscious lyrics. Personal favorites include the pop oriented “Reality”, the instrumental “Windsong”, and the meditation on mortality “I Don't Want To Die”. Not a mindblowing statement by any means, but nevertheless, certainly an interesting sounding artifact that captures a nice sonic snapshot of this overlooked group during a fascinating and transitional point in modern American culture.
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Running Count For The Year
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Also, I just noticed this today. Sorry if it's old news to many of you.
As posted on the Sun City Girls myspace page:
"With deep regret, we must announce that Charles Gocher passed away on February 19th in Seattle due to a long battle with cancer at the age of 54. He is survived by the two of us who adopted him as a brother 25 years ago and his many friends around the world. He will be missed more than most could ever know. Our thanks to everyone for their support and encouragement during the past three, very difficult years. Many of you were not aware that Charles was ill and that’s because he wanted it that way. Details of a memorial in his honor will be announced soon." ---Alan and Richard Bishop
Damn! It's a good day to remember his fine musical efforts and appreciate all the good things in your life that sometimes get forgotten in the hum-drum grind of daily existence.