Aaah Friday, it takes so long to get here, but you know what? We’re always glad it does. After a long week mostly working out of town, I needed to get back into the swing of things. Things have not been normal in the FMF household for quite some time, and I’m hoping after this weekend I can start to get back to feeling a bit normal. I chose this next side because I wanted to feel good. I wanted to feel like I did way back when, when actually going to a house party like Kid n’ Play made you feel good. Those crazy parties where we’d jump off the balcony of the second floor onto mattresses lining the floor, and inevitably someone or their girlfriend would puke where they weren’t supposed to, and we’d all get a laugh. Those kinds of innocent times when you don’t have to think about growing up. Times do change and as much as we do not want to be an adult, we have to. Over the past few years I’ve watched myself really grow into adulthood, and feel good about it, while some close to me refused to, and did not follow the same course. It’s been a tough one for me to deal with, but thanks to the music, and good people around me, I’ve managed to keep my head up, and find out who I am, and of course who really cares about me. That’s why I’m serving this up as a weekend warmer if you will, a tribute to the innocent times when a house party mattered. Here’s the Show Stoppers with “Ain’t Nothin’ But A House party” on Heritage Records.
Philadelphia has had it’s share of R & B, Funk and Soul legends, so I’m not surprised that a record like this would be coming out of the City of Brotherly Love. This group out of Germantown High School, was formed in the middle 1960’s. The group was comprised of two sets of brothers, Earl and Timmy Smith, and Laddie and Alec Burke. It didn’t hurt that the latter were brothers of the great Solomon Burke himself. Written initially by Del Sharh (who went under another name, which is explained in an old Funky 16 Corners webzine article), this song was later recorded by the J.Geils Band. Originally put out on the Showtime Label, it was also put out on Heritage under the MGM company. As always, this side didn’t make too many waves here in the States, but of course broke the top 20 in the UK. Go figure. Not as funky as “Shake Your Mini”, the Show Stoppers none the less knew how to get their Soul on, and being from Philly, there is no way you couldn’t. Especially if 1/2 of the group was related to a Soul giant!
This side will not make you stand still. It’s a piece of upbeat Soul at it’s finest. You will dig the back beat, the horn stabs, and the dance name checks throughout. This tune commands you to move your feet, get in the groove (not unlike Madonna 30 years later) and feel the effects of a house party. It’s a party, y’all, brought to you by the Show Stoppers, and it’s going all night long until the broad day light. That’s what we’re celebrating here today at FMF: A good time. I hope this thing moved you like it did me. Enjoy, and play it again. See you over the weekend possibly, but if not, Monday morning for sure. Keep Diggin’!