Our weekly playlists are all about our love of great music, both well-known and hidden, currently popping or lurking in the crates. We definitely like to take you slightly off the beaten path at times, and introduce gems from our vaults that may be a welcome introduction to a great piece of work or artist. And so it is with our recent ‘Big Brother’ playlist, and the inclusion of the Wild Tchoupitoulas’ ‘Brother John’, some good old New Orleans funky r’n’b.
We recently wrote about how incredible the musical tradition of New Orleans is, and how much it influences us, and one true legendary act amongst the rich heritage is the Neville Brothers. And here it ties to the Tchoupitoulas again, because the band were essentially made up of the Neville Brothers and The Meters, produced by Allan Toussaint. Just a super-group of musical brilliance.
You may know the down-tempo funk of ‘Hercules’, a stone cold Aaron Neville classic, or his wonderful soul on ‘Tell It Like It Is’. You may even know the Neville Brothers’ take on ‘Way Down In The Hole’ from season 3 of The Wire. But the Wild Tchoupitoulas were THE funk personified. They only produced the one self-titled album, released in 1976, but if you are able to get hold of it, it is simply remarkable. Featuring influences from the afore-mentioned Mardi Gras Indian traditions as well as blues, early raw R’n’B, jazz, funk and even calypso and early reggae, this party don’t stop until the breakadawn. Phenomenal.