Sunday, 27 January 2019

Eugene McDaniels - Outlaw

"She's an outlaw, she don't wear a bra.... 
She cannot dig machismo, 
 but she really can dig some masculinity."

That's part of the lyrics of today's Sunday Classic. A tune that surprised many back in the early 70´s.

"For those expecting the McDaniels of 'A Hundred Pounds of Clay,' they might have been surprised by the opening and title track on Outlaw, when he sings 'she’s a nigger in jeans…' leading the Washington Post to suggest, after catching a few of McDaniels’ sets at Washington DC’s legendary Mr. Henry’s in June of 1970, that his 'songs are filled with words and imagery that some may find difficult to take, but they concern some of the most important issues of our time.' McDaniels had no illusions about the shift in focus of his musical career: 'I’m not out here to make any money. I’m out here to have some fun and tell the truth.'" -Mark Anthony Neal, Professor of African & African-American Studies at Duke University

Eugene Booker McDaniels (February 12, 1935 – July 29, 2011) was an African-American singer and songwriter. He had his greatest recording success in the early 1960s, and had continued success as a songwriter with songs including "Compared to What" and Roberta Flack's "Feel Like Makin' Love".

Liberated from financial worries, McDaniels revived his own recording career with two albums, "Outlaw" (1970) and "Headless Heroes of the Apocalypse" (1971), in which, now rechristened Eugene McDaniels, he presented a strong and sometimes bitter social and political message set to stripped-down street-funk and quasi-rock rhythms.

The cover photograph of Outlaw depicted a multiracial group of armed urban guerrillas, an explicit statement that seemed to align him more closely with the rage of Amiri Baraka and the Last Poets than with the gentler black protest music of Marvin Gaye's What's Going On and Curtis Mayfield's Back to the World.

Today's tune "Outlaw" is the title tune from the album "Outlaw", released 1970, enjoy!

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