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2000s: A Musical Retrospective in Real Time: Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings

March 28, 2010

It’s been a while since I wrote up a group for the “Musical Retrospective” series (this time with extra emphasis on the “retro” part). Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings are a throwback to the ’60s era Motown not unlike previous “Musical Retrospective” singer/songwriter Mayer Hawthorne. However, where Hawthorne croons and smooth-talks, Sharon Jones belts out lyrics over the funky rhythms provided by The Dap-Kings.
Their album Dap Dippin’ With… is set up to feel like a recorded live show. Right in the first track (appropriately titled “Introduction”) Sharon Jones, “who’s so bad she’s badder than bad”, is called out “on-stage” to kick off the next track “Got a Thing on My Mind”. On “The Dap Dip” the bandleader calls out to the band and tells them about “the new epidemic going around”. What follows is a song dedicated to the dance “the Dap Dip” (which if you’re wondering “ain’t no thing but a drop of the hip”). If you’re a fan of old funk records Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings will be right up your alley.

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