Friday Freak-Out: Brothers Johnson play "Strawberry Letter #23"


17 Responses to “Friday Freak-Out: Brothers Johnson play "Strawberry Letter #23"”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Music video directed by J. J. Abrams

  2. jfrancis says:

    I forgot I even knew that song.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I remember watching this when I was a kid and thinking, “where the hell is the rest of the band.” Now I just think, “Why the hell was I watching this.”

  4. facetedjewel says:

    ‘Is it cool?’ Yes, it is. Man, I miss funk.

  5. scifijazznik says:

    This is one of the very few instances where the cover is at least as good as the original. Even watching them lip synch here, it’s easy to see why they had the nicknames “Lightnin Licks” and “Thunder Thumbs.” You can’t buy nicknames like that any more.

    Loves me some Shuggie, loves me some Brothers Johnson. Throw in some Graham Central Station, some Undisputed Truth, and some Spinners to smooth over the rough spots and you have a perfect summer weekend stay home from Carmeggdon and fire up the barbeque mix.

  6. Andrea James says:

    There’s an tracking shot execution scene in ‘Jackie Brown’ that uses this song:

  7. Anonymous says:

    I swear he says 22 at 2:46 and not 23

    • scifijazznik says:

      Your ears do not deceive. Dig the rest of the lyrics and all will be made clear. Check out the original version while you’re at it. Spiritual enlightenment will ensue.*

      *offer not valid in all locations. void where prohibited.

  8. tmccartney says:

    Little-known fact: Lee Ritenour played the guitar solo on the recording.

  9. PimpleAbortion says:

    Now I’m gonna have to listen to some Information of an Inspirational nature. These Friday Freakouts are tasty!

  10. Wingo says:

    Terrific. Sweet phaser action.

  11. dabey says:

    Friday funk. love it.

  12. maxplanar says:

    A song who’s overall lovableness is almost entirely derived from the anticipation of waiting for that fabulous circling, looping, beautiful guitar break. I love this song, and it’s for that reason more than anything.

  13. DG says:

    I could have used a little more cowbell.

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