In the midst of all the sad brouhaha over David Bowie’s passing, I ran across a mention someone made of the great show he did on Midnight Special. I’m not including the video of it here because everyone else is already covering Bowie better than I ever could (if you do feel like trotting over to youtube to catch a peek, I’ll wait for you. It really is quite something, in a loose, sloppy sort of way and shows Mister Bowie as a master of shiny peach blush.)
Mostly, I was amazed that Bowie had graced the show with his genius. If it had ever crossed my mind, I think I would have classified Midnight Special as simply a disco phenomenon, but a quick peek at our old friend Wikipedia assures us they highlighted everyone from Tom Petty to the New York Dolls to Fleetwood Mac to Dolly Parton. The list of guests is most impressive; apparently anyone who could stand up long enough to grab onto a mic was on it, LIVE.
As I remember it, the show was simply something you turned to on Friday nights when you were already too loaded to leave the house. There you would be, stoned stupid, hoping for something toe-tapping only to be confronted with the Magic of Helen Reddy.
Here’s a little something that’s much more memorable. Ish. A sort of affordable version of the Jackson Family called the Sylvers and their deathless anthem Boogie Fever.
Now isn’t that better? Footwork that defines the term “tight,” mauve velour, and a bass line serving up funk you could eat with a spoon. My favorite is the drummer, with a blase look that explains more clearly than words that he is immune to said fever, and yet performing as flawlessly as a metronome.