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Kudos to our friend and filmmaker Simon Brubaker on this insightful little feature detailing how the Universal Togetherness Band went from musical guests aboard The Chicago Party to the stars of their own dreamality show within the Numero Group universe. This is essentially an instruction manual for how to make a Numero Group release—Yes, it’s just this easy! Watch, repeat, repost, and retweet. And if this is the first time you’re hearing about the Universal Togetherness Band, then get on down to our website, where you can sample much of their tremendous output.
Bonus Track: Jon Kirby and Andre Gibson on WBEZ’s The Morning Shift with Tony Sarabia, January 2015.
Filed under: Deep City, Eccentric Soul 45s, Good God!, Universal Togetherness Band | Tags: Numeroquai, Perk Badger, Trevor Dandy, Universal Togetherness Band
We’ve heard you loud and clear: You need more reproduction singles for your DJ gig at the local sandwich shop on Wednesday evenings 8-midnight.
Let’s start your set with a hard slice of Florida funk from Perk Badger. “Do Your Stuff” was recently used in a Nike Air Jordan campaign, so Becky Backpack and Tony Trainspot won’t be leaning over the decks during at least one song.
Looking for that perfect segue between the Doobie Brothers and Jamaroquai? We got you covered. The hit that never was, Universal Togetherness Band’s “My Sentiments,” finally comes to 45 with an exclusive unreleased flip. Dig that sax.
Finally, after half a decade on the shelf, we put Trevor Dandy’s “Is There any Love” back in print as a two sided single. Cue burn the A side to your heart’s content, then flip it over and start again. 400 plays guaranteed! Let the chin scratchers pontificate about where they heard it first. Yelawolf? Ghostface? Cudi? Common?
Our Google alerts get transmitted directly to our spinal column. So the other night when word of these Ned Dohney edits (or NEDITS) came in, we were on it. We hope all the NEDITS that follow are similarly Simpsons themed. You’re on notice, Tomaspink!
On a related note—A few months back, we posted the stems for the Universal Togetherness Band’s “Once In A Lifetime” on Blend.io, an interface that producers and DJs use to share and compare remixes and edits. Out of the 191 people who uploaded the project, The Contrarian Priors seem to have made the most of their remix, composing new parts and processing old parts, even creating this flashy graphic for the occasion.
The Universal Togetherness Band’s modern renaissance would have been impossible were it not for one crucial event—the group’s appearance on Episode 21 of The Chicago Party. These small steps onto the CopHerBox II’s illuminated dance floor translated into giant leaps for band-kind. For it was this very performance that ignited our own obsession with the undocumented quintet. For Universal Togetherness Band freaks/aficionados, there is one track that is not available on their self-titled LP, nor does it appear on either side of their infectious 45. That song is “Pull Up,” which Pitchfork described as “nearly tone def.” As if that’s a bad thing! It was this very loose-clutch quality that led us to believe that the Universal Togetherness Band might have been on to something special back in 1982. So if you want in on some of this action, you’re gonna have to pick up our tribute to 1982’s official place to be… Ultra-High Frequencies: The Chicago Party.
Filed under: Universal Togetherness Band
We’ve all experienced the stunted excitement of having a great song stuck in your head that you don’t quite know the lyrics to. While discussing this sensation with Andre Gibson of the Universal Togetherness Band, the singer-songwriter confessed that most of his compositions already had lyric sheets, type-written on company letterhead during the time of conception. We are happy to share with you some of the lyrical genius of the Universal Togetherness Band.
There are some pretty trite songs in the marketplace about partying. But the scene Andre depicts here rank among the best of the night-specific party anthems. These are step-by-step instructions for invoking a festive atmosphere. And we’re not here to tell you how to do your job, but if you happen to DJ, on a Saturday night, why wouldn’t you want Andre Gibson coaching your crowd at 120 beats per minute? Buy this 7-inch. On the flip? See below…
The music video for “More Than Enough” is a pretty literal enactment of these tender lyrics. We’re not going to over analyze these metered rhymes, because obviously “Your love is more than enough for me/Your love is everything I need” is simple, succinct, and arguably perfect.
“Taken By Love”
The astro-sexuality of “Taken By Love” recalls George Duke’s funky monolog “Space Lady” set to an aggressive punk-funk beat. The conversational narrative between Andre and the female protagonist as they take a midnight flight along the Milky Way reaches a real crescendo with the repeated plea: “Baby won’t you take me riding/over in your love mobile?”
“I Want You”
A strong contender for greatest Numero Group wedding song, “I Want You” is so mellow and elegant, it was the perfect way to conclude our compilation. On a purely musical note, pay special attention to Andre’s gymnastic runs up the vibraphone, an instrument he studied during his time at Chicago Vocational School in the early ’70s.
Bonus Track: “Real Thrill”
In actuality, “Real Thrill” was the song that started this entire quest. The words I was able to pick out all carried positive connotations (happiness, laughter, dreams). When you put them all together, “Real Thrill” is a beautifully abstract manifest on taking positivity and making more positivity, through music.
The thrill is real we feel
We’ll pass it on to you,
You know this world,
Can stand some happiness.
And when we pass you the thrill
You’ll ride it like a star___,
Takes you flying to a place where, moments are___
Filled with laughter, rainbow colors,
Takes your breath away.
Golden voices ask you,
Would you like to stay__.
Yes I would, I truly would,
This got to be a dream__.
But your heart will surely tell you
What it means.
And we hope you find what we did,
So you can rejoice__
Then your thrill will be real,
You can, Pass it on___,
To another, who would like to,
Feel a Real Thrill,
Who can spread the message, back into the world
Come and check how it feels
It’s The Real Thrill__.
Come and check how it feels,
It’s the Real Thrill___.
Come and check how it feels, ’cause it’s,
Look out, yoo-hoo,
It’s the Real Thrill
Repeat chorus: 3’xs
Modulate (Piano solo)
Chorus: Vamp out
©1980 Andre Gibson
Tuesday night was not our biggest release party, but it was quite possibly our best. Nestled into the elegant Chopin Theatre, we witnessed 90 action-packed minutes of nightlife delight amongst friends, fans, and a few of the alchemists who made it all possible. There was a certain Mystery Science Theater 3000 element to the evening, as audience members toggled between on-screen action and real-time commentary/karaoke courtesy of Willie Woods, Donnell Pitman, Andre Gibson, and Jesus Wayne.
Afterwards, Woods spoke briefly about The Chicago Party, its purpose and importance. Andre Gibson, whose entire Universal Togetherness Band archive was exhumed while reviewing Chicago Party footage, testified. There were lots of hugs.
Woods, Wayne, Pitman, and Gibson with their respective pieces of the Chicago Party pie.
Ultra-High Frequencies: The Chicago Party is available now. Get home safely, Donnell!
Filed under: Chicago Party, Universal Togetherness Band | Tags: Chopin Theatre
We are excited, pleased, and proud to announce that Ultra-High Frequencies: The Chicago Party is available on-line, off-line, digitally, physically, and visually as of today, March 3rd, 2015. Surely you’ve noticed the mighty mess of 15-second clips on our Instagram page, the flattering articles, or youtube advertorials? And I’m guessing you’ve already streamed the album, in its entirety, for free over at our Soundcloud page? If you happen to live in the Chicagoland area, it goes without saying that we’ll be seeing you tonight for the celebratory screening of Ultra-High Frequencies at the Chopin Theatre at 7:30 pm. Host, CopHerBox II owner, and Chicago Party creator Willie Woods will be on hand, as will performers Donnell Pitman, Andre Gibson (Universal Togetherness Band), and Jesus Wayne. The moral of the story is, Ultra-High Frequencies: The Chicago Party is here. Don’t touch that dial!