Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Groovin' with Alan Gorrie

Alan Gorrie, bass player for the Average White Band, turns 65 today. If this video shot last year at Daryl Hall's "house" doesn't get you going, better check your pulse.  Now this is a jam, with Gorrie in the middle of the commotion.

"Pick Up the Pieces" is one of the planet's greatest groove songs. It rose to the top of the Billboard chart in 1974 and through the years has been used in numerous shows and movies like Swingers, The People vs. Larry Flynt and Superman II. It is a paean to funkadelia.  It completely legitimizes the disco beat.  It'll get you a speeding ticket if you don't watch out.

Put in the earbuds this morning and see if you can slip your groove past the boss. Ain't gonna happen.


  1. Now I’m really worried about you ... legitimizing disco? :)

  2. It doesn't get any more legit than "Disco Duck!"

  3. Now don't get your polyester in a bind, friends. I was talking about a beat, not a movement. Disco Demolition Night at old Comisky Park was a great moment in music history.