Numero Group: By The Numbers

Get your own “Iron Leg” now (comes with free Mickey & the Soul Generation 3LP)
June 27, 2013, 11:13 am
Filed under: Cali-Tex

Mickey cover

Best known for their 1969 paper hit “Iron Leg,” the mixed instrumental combo Mickey & the Soul Generation came to semi-national attention following Nipsey Russell’s performance of the Iron Leg dance on Johnny Carson. Though they shared a label with Ben E. King, they lacked access to the same promotion and marketing resources. A tour with Sam & Dave and opening slots for James Brown, Kool & the Gang, and The Supremes found them performing for thousands nightly, but still sleeping on floors. By the mid-’70s the group had fractured, with members joining the army, bottling Coke, and starting families. Their run would end in 1977 with two members turning in a passing Average White Band impression called “Southern Fired Funk” before their handful of 45s fell completely out of vogue and made their journey to thrift shops and cut-out distributors.

At the dawn of the century, Josh Davis (AKA DJ Shadow) tracked Mickey and his Soul Generation down for the purpose of reissuing their recordings on his upstart Cali-Tex label. “Mickey and the Soul Generation are my favorite funk band,” Davis wrote in 2002. “They were strong contenders for the title from my very first listen back in ’92. ‘Iron Leg’ being the standout track on an otherwise flaccid jazz-funk compilation of the day. Already a favorite rare-groove selection in the ever-accepting UK club scene, I too found myself buoying my bedroom DJ sets with snatches of the irresistible Soul Generation Sound. It became an instant priority of mine to locate an original.” That 2003 reissue was met with critical praise, and ultimately turned a new generation of music lovers onto rare funk and soul. Numero has gone back to the scene of the crime and re-canvased for new leads, helping Davis expand on his original work, with updated liner notes, tons of newly discovered photos, and a previously unreleased track.

You can order it now from our website, or wait until the middle of July and buy it at your favorite retailer. Either way, Mickey wins.


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GOD is GOOD. Emil Carter Mickey and the Soul Generation.

Comment by Emil Carter

Great News, I’m in!!! This music is timeless and should be preserved, resurrected when forgotten and played to as many folks as possible. If it were not for Band like Mickey and the Soul Generation etc, I probably wouldn’t be making Funk and Soul music today!

Mike Bandoni
Drummer and co producer – Funkshone
Drummer – Fantasy Funk Band

Comment by Mike Bandoni

I can hardly wait for the release of our material. I always believed that our music was a trip through the troubled times that we lived in then (1968) with songs like “Hey Brother Man”, “Get Down Brother” and “We Got To Make A Change”
Gilbert Rivera Mickey and the Soul Generation

Comment by Gilbert O. Rivera

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