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Play That (1970s) Funky Music: The Commodores – Brick House and Machine Gun.

Play That  (1970s) Funky Music: The Commodores – Brick House and Machine Gun.

Above Photo: The Commodores.

The only non-Punk single I bought in 1977 was the superb Brick House, by the Commodores, a band that would later bring us the overly mawkish Three Times a Lady and others of that ilk.

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The Commodores superb single, ‘Brick House’.

And yet they’d also delivered the fantastic single Machine Gun in 1974, which I remember dancing to in Liverpool discos as a spotty teenager.

The Commodores' single, Machine Gun.

The Commodores’ single, ‘Machine Gun’.

I wasn’t a big fan of their single Easy, but it was good for getting up close and very personal with girls on sweaty dance floors of local discos.

The Commodores, featuring the unmistakable features of Lionel Ritchie, back left.

The Commodores, featuring the unmistakable features of Lionel Ritchie, back left.

And their fantastic single, Brick House gets a mention in Bombed Out!, my Punk and New Wave memoir, as it’s such a great track. I must have bought it just before I converted to Punk full time, as every other piece of vinyl I bought (or shoplifted) that year was Punk.

Even now when I hear Brick House I love listening to the bass line in it.

The Commodores, dressed down.

The Commodores, dressed down.

Apparently the Commodores got their name when one of the band opened a dictionary and selected it at random. He later joked that they’d narrowly avoided being called ‘the Commodes’.

Here are You Tube links to my two favourite Commodore tracks – Brick House and Machine Gun.

The Commodores-Brick House

 

Commodores – Machine Gun

 

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