What people said about leejohnson’s jam I'm A Man

22 Comments (since 19 Sep 2012)

7 years, 9 months ago

leejohnson

Reaching No. 8 in the UK on its release in December 1969, and subsequently making it to No. 24 in the US Billboard Hot 100 almost two years later, this group (originally called "Chicago Transit Authority") surfaced under the sublime influence of Peter Cetera, and returned to the charts time and time again over the next fifteen years before Cetera's departure heralded a downturn in their chart activity.

7 years, 9 months ago

leejohnson

However, they have remained big players on the tour schedules, and play to this day. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicago_%28band%29

7 years, 9 months ago

dutchzaphod

Peter Cetera, one of my musical heroes.

7 years, 9 months ago

leejohnson

This is also a very clever dub job. On YouTube, uploader admits it's studio stereo dubbed onto concert footage. Not a bad sync, I'd say.

7 years, 9 months ago

palexan

Great jam!!

7 years, 9 months ago

J_Dub

7 years, 9 months ago

Sid_Bonkers

Neat, thanks for posting...

7 years, 9 months ago

cybergabi

I had kinda forgotten about this. Thanks for the reminder!

7 years, 9 months ago

zakozprime

I'll admit that that I never quite knew the title of this song. Thanks for sharing.

7 years, 9 months ago

lynn200

GOOD ONE

7 years, 9 months ago

kemiladashdot

this is my kinda band, looks like everyone's welcome so long as you know some of the words and you've got a tambourine, cowbell, or a block of wood you're in.

7 years, 9 months ago

leejohnson

@kemiladashdot Was. It wasn't long after this really that they replaced the various play-along pieces with a sizeable brass section. Either sound did it for me, and still does. :)

7 years, 9 months ago

leejohnson

You have to remember that the Sixties love and flower power culture years bred an army of spaced out dudes who just met up carrying whatever they had to hand, and Jammed together (like us!). However, as the big commercial record companies picked up on the popularity of all this, and saw a buck to be made, influence was introduced to commercialize sounds and recording methods too. All of a sudden, only the real 'artists' were welcome to sit in. (I was too young for the 'Summer of Love'. Damn!)

7 years, 9 months ago

leejohnson

And seven piece bands became four, or three, with session boys adding the body of the music. More moolah for the main players, a few scraps for the seshies too, everybody happy. Except the three of four ex-bandspersons who missed out on the big time. More sour grapes, and more bad feeling, which not so evident at the time, but found its way into a myriad of minor biographies as time went by. Sorry - starting to sound like a History of Pop - I'll shut up now. :)

7 years, 9 months ago

kemiladashdot

There's a Dexy's Midnight runners documentary on youtube, similar story with them whereby only 4 members got signed because of record company pressure. It's a shame, I was just polishing my triangle.

7 years, 9 months ago

kemiladashdot

Thinking about it Happy Mondays & Madness both had non musicians signed though.

7 years, 9 months ago

leejohnson

Well, yeah, I was referring to the Seventies more than anything. Things have become less restrictive, and there are less arseholes around in the industry now and certainly since the 90s! :)

7 years, 9 months ago

leejohnson

I did quite like the 90s as a musical decade, but I'm afraid my age and dislike of most modern forms of music has rather locked me into a nostalgia cycle. Don't mind, actually, I still love the music of the 70s etc., and I do still sit up and take notice of true genius (Amy RIP, Gabi Cilmi, Noah+Whale, The Pierces, etc. in particular float my boat). :)

7 years, 9 months ago

JohnRoux

Very often used by James Murphy in the disco / oldies part of his mixes. A classic, can light up a dancefloor, even in 2012.

7 years, 9 months ago

dmaxRadio

I'd contend that Kath was the leader. Proof: the quality of their output after he proved the gun wasn't loaded. I suspect that Kath/Cetera/Lamm/Pankow had the same creative tensions that McVie/Buckingham/Nicks had - which was a good thing!

7 years, 9 months ago

lynn200

A GREAT CLASSIC ''''''DISCO TRACK. ALLWAYS WILL LIGHT UP THE DANCE FLOOR.......the ''''''''''''óldies just take a gin with the antyinflamitory@

7 years, 9 months ago

leejohnson

@dmaxRadio Aha! All I said was "Under the sublime influence of Peter Cetera". I would never imply that he was the actual leader. He offed and did his own thing eventually anyway, so that became a moot point. :)