Filed under: Twinight
If you’ve seen Renaldo Domino in the last few years, you know he barely looks a day older than he did in the cover photo for Eccentric Soul: Twinight’s Lunar Rotation. Renaldo takes care of himself; He doesn’t really party, he doesn’t consume bleached flour, and steers clear of refined sugar (ironic, considering his stage is derived from the Domino brand sweetener). Yes, time has been kind to Renaldo Domino, which is why those in the Chicago area would be advised to check out The Renaldo Domino Experience this Thursday at Reggie’s (2109 S. State Street). The show starts at 8pm and a mere $10 will grant you entry.
The Renaldo Domino Experience, 2/4/2016 at 8pm (Facebook Event Page).
The Numero Group considers themselves very lucky to have contributed several songs to the sonic landscape of Mad Men. And for the sake of historical accuracy, the songs were often upstaged by grand-slam singles from the Beatles, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Turtles, et al—just like in the good old days. Even at TuneFind, a website dedicated to identifying songs in television and cinema, users gathered in the comments field to determine what unidentified track is being played, quietly, in a peripheral scene—a diner, a brothel. Time and time again, those song originated here on Marshall Boulevard. But we’re quite content with our role in Mad Men, and are perpetually thankful that special people—music supervisors and viewers alike—continue to discover the great songs that populate our dense catalog. So if you’re planning a Man Men binge, look out for these Numero tunes, scattered about the show’s 7-season run.
S2, E2 “Flight 1” – George McGregor, “Temptation Is Hard To Fight” (Twinight)
Notes: Starts towards the scene where Peggy is making out in the hallway.
S2, E2 “Flight 1” – Edd Henry, “Crooked Woman” (Big Mack)
S2, E9 – Helene Smith, “Pot Can’t Talk About The Kettle” (Outskirts Of Deep City)
S5, E5 – Harvey & The Phenomenals “Darlene” (Boddie)
Notes: Playing in the background when the guys are in the brothel
S6, E4 – Stormy, “The Devastator” (Twinight)
S6, E4 – The Grand Prixx, “I See Her Pretty Face” (Big Mack)
S6, E10 – Cave Dwellers, “You Know Why” (Run Around 2×7″)
S6, E10 – Pretty, “Electric Hand” (Mustache In Your Face 2×7″)
Notes: At the pool when Don had been rescued from drowning by Roger.
S6, E11 – Little Alice, “Why Oh Why” (4J, Unissued)
Notes: Pete, Peggy and that partner guy are sitting at a bar
S7, E14 – Bobby Welch, “Benshaw Glenn” (Lowlands)
Filed under: the Notations
With today’s release of the Notations’ Still Here 1967-1973, we thought it would be interesting to share some of the ways in which the title track of this long-awaited compilation has been embraced outside of Chicago.
Ken Boothe is one of Jamaica’s greatest vocalists, so when he recorded a version of Syl Johnson’s “Is It Because I’m Black?” in 1973, it gave Twinight 125 a second life in the Caribbean. Much less is known about singer Bobby Dee and his rendition of Twinight 141, better known to Numero Groupers as “I’m Still Here” by the Notations.
By the time the 1980s rolled around, reggae was being conceived inna more digital style. Versions are an essential part of Jamaican music’s evolution. But could we have expected Junior Moore to revisit this Twinight/Regina curiosity? And to do so on 12-inch?
While Bobby Dee fails to capitalize on the most infectious quality of “I’m Still Here,” Junior Moore hits this lick on his very first pass over the bridge. Plus, the group harmony on Moore’s version more closely resemble the Notations original than Dee’s queasy cover. Did Junior Moore’s camp draw inspiration from the aging Twinight single (as opposed to that Dee single, already in the Jamaican marketplace)? Also, can we spend a moment with this label? Tanka: “Blackness In Motion”?
Then imagine, a few decades later while digging through a flea market kiosk in Tennessee, you find a translucent purple tape called Chopped And Screwed Oldies. Alongside classics by Teddy Pendergrass and Curtis Mayfield, there are your old friends, The Notations, immortalized in yet another musical universe.
But let’s not forget why we’re still here—to pay homage to one of Chicago’s greatest vocal groups, the Notations. Never before available in one place, Still Here 1967-1973 is now available on LP and CD. Both the Cd and the download come with a few unreleased tracks. Stream the whole thing below if you think we’re playing.
Filed under: the Notations
“I’m Still Here” by the Notations is as close to a hit (in the classic sense) as anything in the Numero catalog. In Chicago, the Notations are played on the radio—the actual radio! The jubilant chirp that punctuates “I’m Still Here” is to the Southside what Otis Redding’s dockside whistle is to Georgia. The White Sox of group souls, the Notations have performed at a majority of our Eccentric Soul Revues, and always deliver. We like this group a lot, and have wanted to compile their sweetest tunes for a long time, and so we did. The Notations Still Here 1967-1973 is available March 17th, 2015. If you want an affordable long-player—all killer/no filler—look no further than this gem.
As we’ve mentioned before, we are pretty good friends with some pretty good music supervisors at some pretty good advertising agencies. Here are a few recent appearances by a few Numero Group No-Stars from the world of advertising. Don’t touch that dial!
“Partnership” – 2015 Kia K900 Luxury Car (Director: Not
Sophia Sofia Coppola) featuring Stormy’s “The Devastator” from Eccentric Soul: Twinight’s Lunar Rotation.
“Mistletoe” Gap Dress Normal Campaign – Holiday 2014 (Director:
Sophia Sofia Coppola) featuring “I’m Not Ready For Love” by Promise from the Numero Group compilation Home Schooled: the ABCs of Kid Soul.
Tonight is the night we gather with friends and fellow collectors/selectors to celebrate the life of Bob Abrahamian. Plus, the bill is stacked! To hear Reggie Torian sing the Impressions? To hear the Notations sing, “I’m Still Here”? To witness Keni Rightout debuting his unreleased masterpiece, “Another Day,” from our forthcoming CD/LP/DVD Ultra-High Frequencies: The Chicago Party? The Windy City Soul Club will be spinning Southside sides before, during, and after, up until last call (which is still 2am, even in Hyde Park, correct?). All proceeds go towards preserving and properly archiving Bob’s massive and exhaustive collection of Chicago Soul singles. We’ll see you there…
Sitting in the Park Forever: Bob Abrahamian Memorial Record Hop
The Promontory: 5311 South Lake Park Avenue West, Chicago, IL
Doors Open at 8pm
Admission is $10
For more information, visit promontorychicago.com
Benjamin Wright was inducted into the Numero Group catalog by way of his stellar arrangements for Arrow Brown and his role in the Twinight/Brunswick wrecking crew, Pieces of Peace, and not to mention arrangements for Rokk. But that is simply fodder for the first page of Wright’s expansive resume. So far as iceberg tips go, you can’t list a more compelling body of arrangements than Jeff “Chairman” Mao did in his written intro to his recent interview with Wright: “Michael Jackson‘s ‘Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough’ and ‘Rock With You,’ and Earth Wind & Fire‘s ‘Boogie Wonderland’ – and even Justin Timberlake‘s ‘Mirrors’ and Andre 3000‘s Sinatra-style dolo endeavor, ‘The Love Below (Intro).’ Check out Benjamin Wright’s fireside chat on Red Bull Music Academy Radio for some stellar story telling.