Thursday, May 13, 2010

Funky Worm - The Ohio Players

While I'm posting weird songs, here's one I heard on XM radio 70s on 7 a couple weeks ago, a replay of Casey Kassum's American Top 40 from April 1972. I didn't remember this song at all. I looked it up, and it hit #1 on the soul chart and #15 on the pop charts. It was the first hit for the reformed Ohio Players, paving the way for later hits like Fire and Love Roller Coaster. That last song I definitely remember, because the rumor was all around my school that the scream on the record was a recording of a real girl getting murdered. Back in the day we really knew how to circulate a good rumor.

By the way, here's a link to a live version of Funky Worm performed in 2006 by the original lead vocalist and keyboard player, Billy Beck. The song is still funky. The audience, not so much.

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