"Ain't no thang but a chicken wing!" The lyric from "Ain't No Thang," the lead track on Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik may be a little silly but it's also incredibly catchy and fans of Outkast have been singing along to the slow groove for two decades now. Ostensibly this rerelease on vinyl of the debut effort from Andre 3000 and Big Boi is a celebration of the fact that the music still sounds good 20-years on, but recent developments have made the collectible so much more than that.
After years of working solo and letting Outkast lay fallow, Andre and Big Boi have recently reunited to play live at Coachella, have a handful of other dates planned, and Outkast mania has started anew. Will the guys cut a new record? Will they stay together?
The rumors are flying but for now here's where it all started, with the rap-meets-Curtis Mayfield hit "Player's Ball," the woozy "Call of Da Wild" with Goodie Mob, the super-funky title track, and who can forget hooting along like a stoned owl to jazzy album closer "Hootie Hoo?" Each pressing is individually numbered and some lucky collector will end up appropriately enough with No. 420.
The The/DJ Food
Here's another piece that comes straight out of the Way Back Machine as this 12" press presents The The's fun New Wave-era dance cut "Giant," originally released on the band's highly-celebrated Soul Mining album.
Powered by sprightly synth sunshine and percussion that rivals anything the Talking Heads ever laid down, the song has remained an underground dance club favorite for 30-years while the original vinyl is prized by crate diggers.
Here the song is paired with DJ Food's 2011 remix; Food cranks up the bass, swings through the jungle with the percussion and adds slide guitar by Jeff Knowler. Best of all, this record is just a teaser; more The The on vinyl is coming soon from Legacy.
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