Friday, May 28, 2010

My Favorite Sly & The Family Stone Albums and Songs

The latest inductee into the makeshift Il Buono Rock n' Roll hall of fame, Sly & The Family Stone only existed as a coherent band for about a decade, but their prolific and consistent canon is one of the finest in the history of modern music. Starting as a fun-loving, optimistic bunch of black and white San Francisco hippies who played seriously funky stuff, the Family Stone evolved into one of the darkest, most relevant, and still most funky bands--soul or otherwise--ever. Obviously they're best remembered for the sinister, epochal There's A Riot Goin' On (which is maybe my favorite album of all time), but Sly & The Family Stone put out several great albums and an innumerable collection of great singles. Sly Stone, as messed up as he may be nowadays (see: this year's Coachella), belongs in a very select group of songwriters and musicians right alongside the John Lennons, David Bowies, and Bob Dylans of the world. Sly & The Family Stone are truly one of the most important, innovative, and amazing bands of all time. Here's to them.

My list of my six favorite Stone albums and thirty favorite Stone tunes is below.

1. There's A Riot Goin' On
2. Stand!
3. Fresh
4. Small Talk
5. Life
6. A Whole New Thing

1. If You Want Me To Stay
2. Africa Talks To You (The Asphalt Jungle)
3. Thank You For Talkin' To Me Africa
4. Everyday People
5. Hot Fun In The Summertime
6. Family Affair
7. Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)
8. Luv 'n' Haight
9. Runnin' Away
10. I Want To Take You Higher

11. Just Like A Baby
12. Stand
13. Don't Call Me Nigger, Whitey
14. Dance To The Music
15. Let Me Have It all
16. (You Caught Me) Smilin'
17. Life
18. Loose Booty
19. You Can Make It If You Try
20. Spaced Cowboy

21. Sex Machine
22. Babies Makin' Babies
23. Everybody Is A Star
24. In Time
25. Sing A Simple Song
26. M'lady
27. Underdog
28. Skin I'm In
29. Fun
30. Mother Beautiful

That's what I think. Heck of a band, weren't they?

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