Stories Of A Young Gomez, Pt. 1 - How Prince & Funkadelic Rocked A Young Mind

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, January 22, 2008 01:17am | Post a Comment

It was 1982. I was on a school bus with my classmates, coming back from a field trip. We went to one of those historical Spanish ranches that were built when California was still Mexico (or Aztlán, if you swing that way). I was in a haze, staring out the window when my classmate, Krystal, yells out to me, “Hey, have you heard the new Prince yet?” She threw me her cassette Walkman and I pressed play.

“Don’t worry, I won't hurt you. I only want you to have some fun…”

I knew "Little Red Corvette;" it was all over the radio. But by the time I got to "Lady Cab Driver" I was a full-blown fan and 1999 was my Sgt. Pepper. It took me months to figure out that this was the same Vato that sang "Wanna Be Your Lover" a few years back.

Orale! I always thought it was a woman who sang that song!

A few weeks later, my cousin Diana had a party in Buena Park. She had a pretty big record collection. I managed to ignore all the other records and went straight to 1999. As soon as the needle hit the wax, Diana’s boyfriend, Larry, was like, “Aw hell no, Prince again?’ At that moment I remember hating Larry. Like most kids, I held every discovery sacred and I thought I knew more than everyone. Larry looked at me like he knew what I was thinking. “You want to hear where Prince got all that from?’ He went to the record collection and pulled out Funkadelic’s One Nation Under A Groove and Uncle Jam Wants You. He played each album consecutively, side a, side b, side a, side b. All those songs, "Who Says A Funk Band Can't Play Rock?!," "Cholly (Funk Gettin' Ready To Roll), "One Nation Under A Groove," "(Not Just) Knee Deep Pt.1," "Freak Of The Week." I stood staring at the speakers, digesting every song, every note, every deep bass note, every keyboard bend, every guitar solo and vocal harmony. It was as if I was trippin', way before I knew how that felt.

Once again my little world was rocked.
(To be continued...)

Celebration of the Feast of the Ass

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, January 15, 2008 05:20pm | Post a Comment
January 15th is the Feast of the Ass, an ancient Roman pagan celebration to the Ass who saved the Goddess Vesta, Goddess of the sacred hearthfire. I present this gallery of asses as my humble offering ... who'd have thought Prince would be the prude of the bunch???

Is the Moontan model the same as the Yes model below???

Rush are the Kings of manbutt covers

Our final pieces come from a sports obscuro, the Jon Keyworth record.  Jon's lounge act opened for Sinatra back in the day, but he wasn't able to capitalize much beyond that ...The Keyster was a star RB for the Broncs. Nude models are all Denver Broncos. The Lp was on Aspen records. Insert Beavis & Butthead laughter here... 


The Employee Interview Part II: M. Nero Nava

Posted by Miss Ess, April 11, 2007 05:32pm | Post a Comment
The Employee Interview
Second Edition: M. Nero Nava
3 + years at Amoeba
Floor Gent

Q: What was the first music you remember hearing as a kid, before you had a choice?

M.N.N: The first song I remember was Blondie's "Heart of Glass."

Q: How have your parents' musical choices affected your musical tastes?

They affected me a lot because my dad likes blues music, which got me into R&B, and my mom used to be a goth chick, so my aesthetic leanings were more towards post punk and all that stuff.  But of course I rebelled as a teen and I listened to hip hop.

Q: What has been the biggest musical influence on your life?

Probably my mom. She laid the foundation with bands like the Cure, David Bowie, Lou Reed.

Q: What is your favorite record to get down to?

Probably Marvin Gaye, the I Want You album.

Q: What is your musical guilty pleasure?

All those R&B chicks that have one good song and they have one name: Kelis, Aaliyah, Ciara, Amerie.

Q: What's the last concert you went to? What was the first concert you went to?

First concert: Jefferson Starship at Great America.
                                   Last concert: I saw Prince for my 46th time.
Q:  When did you start playing music and why?

When i was 16 I started playing keyboards, then I sold my sampler and bought a guitar when I was 18. I wanted to play because girls like that and I'm funky.

Q: What's your favorite venue to see a show at here in the bay area? Great America?

The Great American Music Hall.

Q: What's the best show you've been to this year?

The best show I went to was a Prince show in Las Vegas. I was in the front row and Prince noticed me making fun of an audience member onstage. Prince told the guy to get off stage. He cued the band to stop playing and he said, "What about you, godfather, why don't you get onstage?" I ducked and hid so I wouldn't have to get onstage and one of his dancing girls grabbed me and pulled me onstage. I walked up to him and I said, "Prince, why are you doing this to me?" and he said, "Stand over there and dance!" and I danced with the twins [ed. note: Prince has twins he uses as dancers and backup singers] and I flashed my cufflinks at him. He critiqued my dancing and my outfit. I was wearing a black and white pinstriped suit with matching Stacy Adams shoes and I was wearing my Tiffany cufflinks that are engraved with my initials. He told me he liked my dancing cause it didn't look like I was gonna break a sweat and he liked my cufflinks. I was onstage for about 15 minutes and when I was done I bowed and threw my hanky into the audience and I jumped into the first row. When I hit the first row he said, "I see that guy all the time, and I don't know about him. He's a mix of the godfather and Count Dracula but he dresses clean." [ed. note: true story!]

Q: What's the furthest you have traveled to see a show and who was it you were going to see?

I went to Georgia to see Prince. He was playing in a small club for about 500 people.

Q: What is your favorite section of the store?

The soul section.

Q: Best find in Amoeba?

I found Vanity 6 on cd, which has been out of print since 1985.

Q: What is your favorite Prince song?

"She's Always In My Hair." It's rock, it's funky, it's the revolution.

Q: What is your favorite part about working here at Amoeba?

I like talking to the customers.

Thank you for your time.
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