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Giving Us a Hard Time: Little Feat, “Fat Man In The Bathtub” (1973)

OK, I mean this in a male sexual way: our hero in “Fat Man In The Bathtub,” Spotcheck Billy, is having a HARD TIME getting sex with Juanita. Thus we don’t experience the song as proceeding “in its own good … Continue reading

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In Our Own Good Time: Little Feat, “Rock ‘N’ Roll Doctor” (1974)

Something you could say generally about phrasing is that it expresses an ownership of time: good players and singers proceed in their own good time and aren’t merely hustled along by the programmed “good time” of the song’s beat that everyone … Continue reading

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The Study of Funk: Jon Cleary and the Absolute Monster Gentlemen, “Sometimes I Wonder” (2002)

The point of funk, I take it, is to funk it up, to alter a groove from what the hacks perform and the chumps expect—above all, delivering the rhythmic punch not on the usual schedule but, probably, after, on a … Continue reading

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How Wrong Is Right: The Leading Tone in “Dixie Chicken” (Little Feat, 1973)

I hated it.  Then I still hated it.  Then I grudgingly accepted it as a price to pay.  Then I learned to recognize it as a great song’s gateway.  Long years after first acquaintance, somehow, at some point, I finally … Continue reading

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