Produced by Clarence Reid, or as some of you more daring readers may know him, Blowfly, "The Babysitter," Betty Wright's 1972 Top 50 hit, is the song that finally snapped me out my malaise. The rhythm section alone is enough to make even the sourest puss crack a smile and shake a little boo-TAY. I didn't, but you know, you might. ;)
"The Babysitter," is not quite as big as Wright's chart-topper and oft-sampled "Clean-Up Woman," but boy, is this one cookin' record. Again, just listen to the bass and drums...and those horns!
The first time I was made aware of "The Babysitter" was in one of Vanity Fair's music issues. It was, I believe, the first time Elvis Costello wrote about his 500 (?) favorite records. This was one of them.
(That issue cost me about $483, by the way. I wish I still had it. I may have to give EC's list another pass.)