Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Thug Rock / Sexy Music  

George Kerr produced many, many influential recordings in his long career including the heavily sweated "Skull Snaps" LP in 1973 and the recently reissued Sabata 12" on my friend Rob Sevier's excellent Numero Group label. Kerr has songwriting credits dating back to the early 60's and Patrick Adams claims the first studio session he ever attended was Kerr recording the O' Jays in 1968. In the early 80's Kerr started hooking up with Reggie Griffin and produced quite a few boogie tracks including "S & M" by De De and "Thug Rock" by George's daughter Sandy Kerr. Keeping it in the family, George also produced a track with Vaughan Mason for his other daughter Tracy in 1984.

Reggie Griffin was best known for his early electro jam "Mirda Rock" on Sugarhill Records imprint Sweet Mountain in 1982. His boogie oriented production work with Kerr stands out to me as his best, but he was also quite influential in the hip hop world, penning songs and playing keyboards on some classic cuts for many Sugarhill Records releases including Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five's LP "The Message".

The Kerr/Griffin colaboration began with "Thug Rock" in 1982 on Catawaba Records and continued with "S & M" (Sexy Music) in 1983 on the Clockwork label.

Sandy Kerr - Thug Rock

De De - S & M (Sexy Music - Rated X)

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3 comments: to “ Thug Rock / Sexy Music

  • October 3, 2008 at 9:31 AM  

    S&M by DeDe is a killer cut. Appreciated hearing it. Nice blog btw.

  • October 25, 2008 at 2:32 PM  

    hey hey hey ! Nice stuff as always.
    maybe you noticed it already, but :

    1-Kerr's killer track "back at'cha" was sampled in Mickael gray's "weekend" a few years ago.
    2-The thug rock's instrumentation was later almoste cut-pasted in i-level song "give me"....I think you already know it, if not, i GUARANTEE u'll like !

    and please tell me if this note was of any interest to you. Keep up the good work and excuse me for my lousy english.

  • November 18, 2010 at 11:17 PM  

    Let's play spot the obvious sample!

    De De - S & M (Sexy Music - Rated X)


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