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Somebody Likes It Ep 21 – Shuggie Otis: “Inspiration Information”

Did I like listening to Shuggie Otis’s album “Inspiration Information”? Yeah, I did. A lot. So did everybody else recording this show with me.

It’s not often you get to see the blueprint of a musical paradigm. The record was a little shaky, especially after the first 5 or 6 songs, but wow, what a first 5 or 6 songs. It reminded me of the old quote about the Velvet Underground and everybody that bought their records creating a band…

This album is flawed for sure, but I feel like it’s impossible that Hall and Oates, Prince, Average White Band, Lenny Kravitz, Steely Dan, Doobie Brothers, and countless others would have become the hit-makers they became…or fuck, even found their signature sounds, without listening to this listless prodigy.

Listless. It’s hard to hear a burgeoning genius like this go down with such a whimper…we talk about it a lot in this show…

OK…got that out of my system. Ryan picked “Hollaback Girl” for “A Few Minutes With” this go round. Pretty sure if it were more than a few minutes, Phil might have throttled Ryan. Something about bananas.


Next week…Camper Van Beethoven’s “Key Lime Pie”




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