Thursday, July 30, 2009
Excuse Me, While I Popcorn: For Clyde Stubblefield, The Funky Drummer
I was informed by my friend Geno over at INTE BULLE, that legendary drummer Clyde Stubblefield is in need of a kidney transplant. Tom Alesia's full story is HERE. I will let his words explain.
As a drummer myself, I tend to initially lock into the groove and sound of the drums before I focus on just about anything else in a song. At live performances, I will fix my eyes on the drummer, even if Jeff Beck is front and center, tearing up "Pork Pie Hat." I just can't help it. And regarding Clyde Stubblefield, I can't stand it.
Stubblefield's steady grooves behind James Brown never failed to make my jaw drop. As good as The J.B.'s were, I have no doubt in my mind that when Clyde Stubblefield was in the band, they were better.
Here are two versions of "Give It Up & Turn It Loose." I am pretty certain that it is Stubblefield on the Mike Douglas Show, and almost certain that it is NOT Stubblefield in the clip from 1971. Both versions kick some funky butt, but there's something absolutely greasey about the version from 1969.