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He’s a bad mother…(shut yo mouth)

August 12, 2008

For most people of my generation, Isaac Hayes will always be The Chef. But to me, he’s so much more: the 60s Stax super-producer, the 70s soul icon. How can you go past his classic albums like Hot Buttered Soul and Black Moses? Well, you can’t.

So in tribute to the great man, who passed away far too early this week, I’d like to share with you my favourite aspect of Isaac Hayes: his Burt Bacharach covers.

Isaac Hayes was all about the drama – the tension of a taut bassline, the sweeping strings.  Hal David’s ludicrous lyrics and Bacharach’s overblown melodies are perfect for a rework in the Hayes style.  There’s the oft-sampled and super-long “Walk On By”, but there’s also the flamboyant “(They Long To Be) Close To You”, which sounds about as unlike The Carpenters as it’s possible to do.

R.I.P.

Isaac Hayes – “Walk On By”

Isaac Hayes – “(They Long To Be) Close To You”

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