So how come nobody ever told me that Can did a song called "Transcendental Express" two years before their countrymen Kraftwerk hit with "Trans-Europe Express"? Well, maybe somebody did, and just as with all the people I've forgotten who may have told me how awesome Rory Gallagher was, I just wasn't paying attention at the time. I do remember Frank Kogan telling me once that he used to confuse King Crimson's "21st Century Schizoid Man" with Black Sabbath's "Iron Man" back in 1970, though. And I do know that Teena Marie has a song called "Surrealistic Pillow," though I'm not sure anybody ever told Grace Slick. It's not on Robbery, but "Cassanova Brown" is. Now, if only Gloria Gaynor's "Casanova Brown" were on Music for Lonely Housewives instead of "I Will Survive."
TOMMY BOY PRESENTS HIP HOP ROOTS (Tommy Boy '60s-'80s funkily sample-able music of many stripes reissue)
Stream "It's Just Begun" by the Jimmy Castor Bunch (Real Audio)
Stream "Big Beat by Billy Squier (Real Audio)
Stream "Fame by David Bowie (Real Audio)