366TAS: 2:50 – Fitz & the Tantrums – Breakin’ the Chains of Love

Sixty seconds are in the books and we’re now looking at songs a full minute longer than the White Stripes track that kicked off our journey. We’re swinging into our second minute like a lion, marching ahead in the countup with a little bit of soul to start off the new month. No, not that “Little Bit O’ Soul”; that was how we started out last month.

Retrospectives of the last two months might at least be appropriate for Fitz & the Tantrums, given that the band’s neo-soul sound is strongly influenced by hit songs of the 60’s, several of which have been featured here. One interesting instrumentation note is that Fitz & the Tantrums’ debut album was done entirely without guitars, mostly because frontman Michael Fitzpatrick is just “sick of hearing [guitars].” “Breakin’ the Chains of Love” is the leadoff track on Pickin’ Up the Pieces, it sets the course for the album, which is pretty slick on the whole. If it doesn’t provide enough soul for you, c’mon back tomorrow for a little more…

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2 Responses to 366TAS: 2:50 – Fitz & the Tantrums – Breakin’ the Chains of Love

  1. John says:

    I’ve got a remarkable ’70s rarity, Death’s “Keep On Knocking,” which languished in obscurity until the band’s “…For The Whole World To See” album came out on CD in 2009:

    [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BglncnhnZXE&w=420&h=315%5D

    To recap, it’s 1973 proto-punk from Detroit, performed by African-American musicians. Apparently, Clive Davis lost interest in them when they wouldn’t change their name to something more commercially appealing. Too bad–finding rewards like this is why I’ve always enjoyed searching obscure music.

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