I was watching "Soul Train Classics" on that weird new CW network this past Saturday.
It was The Time's first ride on the hippest trip in America and Morris Day was slick, personified. Research The Time here.
As Don Cornielius interviewed the band I noticed that there was very little hysteria. Not because "Get It Off" didn't please the crowd but because the Time, in all their flambouyant glory, were a cool ass set of muthafuckas. When Don asked who were the producers on their album, Morris said "self contained," meaning there was no need for the Johnta Austins, the Sean Garretts or Darkchilds of the day.
I said all that to say, remember when you watched "Soul Train" on Saturday mornings. Remember when it was a tradition to do so, just as it was weekend chores, or early Saturday morning haircuts.
The Time being on the show and performing their own original music reminded me of something my boss pointed out a couple weeks ago. He noted that in the Grammy nominations that their were no R&B groups/bands nominated for Best Duo or Group. All the nominees were collaborations between solo artists. Is the R&B band/group moot? Was Destiny's Child the last great one or will Danity Kane, One Chance, Pretty Ricky and 2 Much all of a sudden rise to the occassion and claim their lane?
Did anyone notice that the video for "Listen" from the Dreamgirls soundtrack was re-shot? Peeps are campaigning. Cleaning up that first video and simplifying Beyonce's look just adds fuel to the 'Oscar for Best Original Song buzz.'