Friday, February 9, 2007

DAILY DOSE, 02.09.07

Can it be? Will the Rev. Jenner J. Hull actually post two Daily Doses in a row?

It is quite possible...

As we speak (i.e. write), there is an exceptional example of non-musical Funk on ESPN Classic. The '92 NBA All-Star Game, baby!

All the big names (Jordan, Bird, Magic, Hakeem, the Glide) and some of the slightly smaller (but no less important) names were in attendance; I mean, seriously, when was the last time you had the pleasure of witnessing the majesty that is Dan Majerle? Ah, "Thunder" Dan, where hast thou gone?

Don't get me wrong, I still love the game and the current crop of superstars and stand-outs (e.g. Amare Stoudemire), but that was the end of an era, my Funky Congregation. Any opportunity to see the greatest ballers of all time on the same court (or playing on the same Olympic Dream Team) is something that no sane person should pass up.

And Your Humble Reverend will, quite literally, watch anything as long as Charles Barkley is involved. Someone needs to give that man his own network.

Onward to the Funk!

Faith No More - "King For a Day" (From "King For a Day, Fool For a Lifetime")

Your Humble Reverend has had an affinity for Mike Patton for quite some time and considers him to be the second Most Underrated Singer of All Time (after David Ruffin, of course). His vocal range is staggering and, unlike most singers of a similar persuasion, he can also change his tone and delivery at will; sometimes he even sounds like a completely different person.

Out of all the stellar FNM Sacred Cuts (and there are oodles), "King For a Day" stands out, in most respects, because it's a pretty basic, cut-and-dried, and seemingly not at all complicated song. There's a driving, almost constant acoustic base, an especially Funky bassline, and an understated yet atmospheric piano, but that's really it. It gets a bit heavier in the middle section but, otherwise, floats along at a medium pace, unlike such freak-fests as "Surprise! You're Dead!" or "The Gentle Art of Making Enemies."

As far as Your Humble Reverend knows, "King For a Day" just may hold the vaunted (personal) record of "The Most Inclusions on Various Burned Compilation CD's."


Dikkii said...

King for a Day is probably my favourite FNM CD.

I remember being completely blown away by Angel Dust, but then I heard King for a Day.

Great stuff.

BTW - I've taken your advice. I've got no idea what I'm going to do with it.

The Rev. Jenner J. Hull said...


Hey, first comment!

You win my everlasting respect! And a beer if we ever happen to be in the same bar.

'Tis an awesome album; we've also been grooving on "Evidence" for quite a while.

By the by, if you made more than one comment on this, they (somehow) got deleted. Either that, or Yahoo notified me three times for one comment. Which wouldn't surprise me at all...