Rock Steady – 80’s Movies

Picture2This song was originally written and performed by Aretha Franklin from her 18th solo album, “Young, Gifted and Black”, released in 1971. “Just call the song exactly what it is”, Aretha sings on a funky track about grooving to the music. She wrote the song by herself with a lot of help in the studio where the groove came together. There were lots of good vibes, with famous folks dropping by just to get in on the action. Donny Hathaway played organ, Bernard Purdie on drums, and Dr. John added percussion. “It was a dream come true,” producer Arif Mardin said. For this version was performed by duo Hall and Oates from their album Our Kind of Soul. Then I put some movies from the 80’s which I grew up with all of them to this video. While some are cheesy & horrible, others are quotable and iconic as a perfect piece of 80’s awesome. How many have you seen? (nDy) 

Istilah ROCKSTEADY yg kupahami selama jadi penyiar radio swasta di Bandung era 80an, adalah terjemahan “Reggae versi ngebut, tapi gak secepat SKA”. Awalnya dipopulerkan oleh seniman Jamaika, Alton Ellis di era 60an mewakili kaum pekerja pinggiran Kingston. Terdesak oleh popularitas Bob Marley, lalu dibawa para imigran menuju seputaran gheto Amerika, menyatu dgn selera black music. Perpaduan yg menjadi kekuatan saat bangkit di awal 80an lewat budaya jalanan. Berupa beat electronic Rocksteady jilid dua oleh Herbie Hancock contohnya sbg pengiring tari kejang bernama Breakdance.Juga hadir aspek hip hop lewat para DJ underground seperti Afrika Bambaataa, hingga selebritis Michael Jackson yg mengadopsi “gaya jalan mundur” ala James Brown menjadi moonwalk. Akibatnya spirit awal rocksteady terancam luntur digerus oleh perangkat electronic maupun SKA ala The Police. Kemudian tanpa sengaja aku nemu album Secret Place milik Patti Austin di awal 90an, ada lagu rancak Rock Steady. Rupanya milik Aretha “Queen of Soul” Franklin dari awal 70an.Belum ada referensi yg mengaitkan antara genre musik terhadap judul lagunya. Menyimak dari stacato berikut lirik ekspresif, dapat kuduga Aretha sedang memberi apresiasi bagi Alton Ellis. Sengaja kupilih versi Darryl Hall untuk video Rocksteady ini agar lolos klaim hak cipta dari youtube. Adapun sbg pemanis visual, kuedit beragam potongan film dansa populer yg mesti gampang ditebak oleh generasi sejati 80an. (nDy)

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