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Pop a cork in honor of 70s funk and the J.B.'s

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A cover of a 70s funk album
  • A cover of a 70s funk album
There is plenty happening tonight. Plenty. Blown-out concerts, decadent theater, get-downs that will annihilate your ability to stand up. The Reader has documented many of these and made the general Chicago public aware of their existence. But New Year's Eve is also all about how one looks in his or her sparkly getup, and if you want a particularly funky sort of inspiration while scouring an overflowing closet, press play on today's 12 O'Clock Track, the J.B.'s "Here We Come, Here We Go, Here We Are." Not only James Brown's band in the 70s and early 80s, the J.B.'s also released their own records. "Here We Come" is from 1975's Hustle With Speed—released by Brown's People Records—and features album art of a galactic monorail cruising between planets. The track is a jam of free-flowing horns, tinny guitar wild-outs, and, as you might have guessed, easy-grooving rhythms. No doubt it'll get you shuffling your feet as you go from one outfit to the next. Plus, the blistering and frenzied outro—which ends by stopping on a dime—is a beautiful example of just how adventurous and tight the J.B.'s were.

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