As y’all know, cool-cat CIVL Station Manager Aaron Levy writes the CIVL Shuffle each week. This week he’s MIA, so I’ll carry out the duties.
The Cascade recently installed a disco ball in the front room. This week’s shuffle is all about grooving, jiving, and moving to the music.
Kool & the Gang — Jungle Boogie
An all-time greatest hit. This far out track is dyno-mite! Last time I listened to it, I practically turned into a funkadelic chic freak. Do yourself a favour, and get down with the boogie.
Shuggie Otis — Strawberry Letter 23
Apparently some people think this track was The Brothers Johnson’s tune. Let me learn you the skinny: it certainly was, but the inerrable Shuggie wrote it. Shuggie’s the son of Johnny Otis, and Shuggie is perhaps the most underappreciated guitarist of all time. If you’ve got a few minutes, listen to “Sweet Thang,” then “Strawberry Letter 23,” ya dig?
Toots & the Maytals — Funky Kingston
Though not disco, I’ve been dancing to this just about every day for the last two weeks.
If you see a long-haired goof dancing in The Cascade’s office while everyone else is hard at work, it’s me.
Abba — Take a Chance on Me
When it comes to sugary pop music, Abba is the ultimate. Truly, they are unparalleled, and this 1978 hit will remain Sweden’s second greatest contribution to the world. Ikea is third, Julian Assange is first.
To the girl I briefly interacted with in the SUB on Monday: “If you change your mind / I’m the first in line / Honey I’m still free / take a chance on me.” You know who you are.