Friday, November 14, 2008

What's Heppening?  

I might not be cool enough to know but I think in the '60s "hep" meant "hip" which meant you were attuned to the latest and greatest ideas, culture and music (It just wouldn't seem right if it referred to Hepatitus).  This tune squeaked out on Magic City in the end of that decade, '69 to be specific, and speaks of a "squeeze" (maybe a person or a party?) which is hep.  The term "Magic City" has been used for many a city but in this case they are referring to the once magical land of Detroit, then at the end of the Motown success.  I wasn't able to find too much information specifically on Mad Dog but I can say: screaming can often be a bad thing but the wailing vocals through nice old preamps pressed onto a 45 rpm record tickle me just right.

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  • November 23, 2008 at 11:43 AM  

    funny you posted this! a deep funk classic that definitely is a first for this page to be reviewing!

    but coincidentally, totally related to this blog, is the fact that a member of this group is the one and only Oliver Cheatham, of "get down saturday night" fame.

  • April 7, 2009 at 2:08 PM  

    There are 2 pressing out there -

    Mad Dog & The Pups - Hip Squeeze

    and the one u posted, killer tune!

    and keep up the good work :)

  • April 7, 2009 at 2:08 PM  

    I forgot to add the url to it, my bad -