Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Record of the Month - Classic

Another installment of a disk I have enjoyed over the years. I'm trying to keep the Record of the Month posts to be fairly new releases. Classics are going to be ones that are at least 5 years old.

Never heard of the Philosopher Kings? I'm not surprised.

A Canadian group from the mid-90s that never quite caught on in the States. They blended pop-funk-soul-r&b and yes, some easy listening aspects, all in one disk - Famous, Rich and Beautiful.

They were fun and talented, but make no mistake about it - they were slick. Tightly played and produced. Lead singer, Gerald Eatons was like a Terence Trent D'arby, but without the attitude and baggage. Just an upper ranged flawless voice that could rock when he had or wanted to.

Why they failed to make a dent is beyond me. I can't say what kind of impact they made above the border. I will say I saw them live in 1996 and they were incredible.

Their video "hit" (or one of the few I ever saw) was "I Am the Man". Loved the vid, loved the song - still do. It is probably their most uptempo, which was why it was the initial release from Famous. And Eatons is not hard on the eyes either.

But I love "Hurts to Love You", "You Stepped on My Life" and "You Don't Love Me Like You Used To". Man this guy has loved and lost!

They do a decent cover of Godley & Creme's "Cry". And I'm a fan of "The New Messiah". Since I couldn't find the video for "I Am the Man", I thought I'd include one I could find - "The New Messiah".

You can get this via import - but even iTunes ain't carrying it. What gives?

If you ever get the opportunity - check 'em out.

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