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Sunday, August 10, 2008

Dead Soul Brother

posted by on August 10 at 13:50 PM

First Mac, now Hayes!
This has been a hard weekend for brothers.

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WHAT???? Not Isaac! I've got WattsStax sitting at home waiting to be watched. Now it's going to be sad. What a great figure in soul music. Those early Stax songs he wrote for Sam & Dave made up one of THE great American songwriting catalogs. And his solo performances made him one of the top soul artists of the seventies, just a half-step behind Al Green and Curtis Mayfield.

This is a great loss. Shattering.

Posted by Fnarf | August 10, 2008 2:01 PM

Give his album "Black Moses" a listen. His arrangement of "Close To You" is a masterpiece. Also, "Soulsville" on the "Shaft" soundtrack.

Posted by mallard | August 10, 2008 2:08 PM

I'll consider this the occasion to finally score a copy of Hot Buttered Soul, so I can finally hear the cut "Hyperbolicsyllabicseequedalymystic," so famously sampled in this song.

And Fnarf, watching Rufus Thomas do the Funky Chicken oughta take a little sting away, doncha think?

Posted by Jeff Stevens | August 10, 2008 2:33 PM

Seattle Public Library has a copy of "Respect Yourself: The Stax Records Story" which has a lot of Issac Hayes in it, both archival footage and new commentary. There's some hilarious footage of his ultra-custom Cadillac too, and some from the auction where they unloaded everything after bankruptcy, including Isaac's watch, with about a pound of diamonds on it.

There is also a clip of Sam and Dave dancing that will blow the back of your head off when they start pogoing. You will also come to realize that Al Jackson, Jr., Stax and later Al Green's drummer, was maybe the greatest musician to come out of America in the past 75 years. There was magic on McLemore Avenue, and Mr. Hayes was an integral part of it.

Posted by Fnarf | August 10, 2008 2:34 PM

This is truly a shame. Thankfully his wonderful music will outlive us all.

Posted by Bont | August 10, 2008 2:35 PM

He's got a new movie with Samuel L. Jackson and... Bernie Mac. Samuel might want to go see his doctor just in case.

Posted by Fnarf | August 10, 2008 2:39 PM

Rule of 3 right?

Sly Stone? Ike Turner?

Posted by John Bailo | August 10, 2008 3:32 PM

ike's already passed (best NYPost headline ever: "Ike Beats Tina to Death")

my money's on don cornelius.

Posted by thickturd | August 10, 2008 3:39 PM

Scientology aside, Isaac was the epitome of cool.

Posted by elswinger | August 10, 2008 3:41 PM

Lovers of apathy and irony, hipsters are connected through a global network of blogs and shops that push forth a global vision of fashion-informed aesthetics. Loosely associated with some form of creative output, they attend art parties, take lo-fi pictures with analog cameras, ride their bikes to night clubs and sweat it up at nouveau disco-coke parties. The hipster tends to religiously blog about their daily exploits, usually while leafing through generation-defining magazines like Vice, Another Magazine and Wallpaper. This cursory and stylized lifestyle has made the hipster almost universally loathed.

Posted by Google the source | August 10, 2008 3:49 PM

My hot buttered soul is weeping while listening to Moonlight Lovin'.

Posted by Michael | August 10, 2008 3:55 PM

Nuthin' like a stampede of whiteys pushing each other over to show off their knowledge of blacklore. Sorry, Craigslist is down.

Posted by And you were open | August 10, 2008 4:10 PM

Less a subculture, the hipster is a consumer group using their capital to purchase empty authenticity and rebellion. But the moment a trend, band, sound, style or feeling gains too much exposure, it is suddenly looked upon with disdain. Hipsters cannot afford to maintain any cultural loyalties or affiliations for fear they will lose relevance.

An amalgamation of its own history, the youth of the West are left with consuming cool rather that creating it.

Posted by Google the source | August 10, 2008 4:10 PM

Re arrangement skills : have a listen to "Part Time Love" from Black Moses. During the (long) outro section, the way Willie Hall keeps stretching his fills WAY past the top (and into the SECOND) bar of the main riff is one of the hippest moves ever recorded.

Whether it was Ike's idea or Willie's is a moot point - it's on Isaac's record.

Posted by Wowza | August 10, 2008 4:34 PM

He's with Xenu now.

Posted by pox | August 10, 2008 4:42 PM

I blame the Marcabians.

Posted by AMB | August 10, 2008 5:07 PM

There goes the Duke of New York, A-number one

Posted by Boxy Brown | August 10, 2008 5:13 PM

I was thinking the same thing as Fnarf @6. Scary thought (not that we were both thinking it, about SLJ).

Posted by Mike of Renton | August 10, 2008 5:15 PM

And you were open: eat shit. Isaac Hayes was a great artist, not "blacklore". Google the source: please jam your rolled-up Adbusters up your ass. Appreciation of Isaac Hayes has nothing to do with hipsters or Vice magazine. Just because you don't have a culture doesn't mean nobody else does.

Posted by Fnarf | August 10, 2008 5:18 PM


The adbusters piece is about yourculture. You pathetic asshole.

Posted by culture | August 10, 2008 5:40 PM

Fnarf, you are far out- funny, cultured, angry etc etc.

Have you seen the Ken Burns youtube mockumentary, The Old Negro Space Program? Just discovered it a few days ago. It's by a writer from Malcolm in the Middle. Hilarious! After I saw this post I thought of one of the characters, "Loopy Louie" Hayes. I bring this up because you mentioned Isaac's "ultra-custom Cadillac," which really draws the comparison when you see the Caddy in space near the end. Cheers.

RIP Isaac

Posted by bad juju | August 10, 2008 5:43 PM

@19 I don't need to google anything. I know enough to smell a heap-on by you "cultured" white people who think they're liberal because they said hi to a black person once in 1998. Smells like there are a few here. You're welcome to walk in my shoes anytime.

Posted by Shut your pie hole | August 10, 2008 5:55 PM

I wonder what happened today to make some asshole get pissed at the whole Slog and throw a tantrum of spamming.

Posted by elenchos | August 10, 2008 5:56 PM

@1: Wattstax one of my all-time favorite flicks, for a number of reasons. Charles is right; tough weekend for brothers.

Wattstax is a must-see. RIP Isaac Hayes. RIP Bernie Mac. I hope you are kicking it with Black Jesus.

Posted by kerri harrop | August 10, 2008 5:56 PM

@22, if you could read, you would know that "Google the source" was not directed at you; it was directed at a Slog commenter using that name. Alas, you cannot; and you can't write, either, which means I can't tell if you are an actual black person carrying some poorly-understood grievance, or (much more likely) another white SCCC student from the suburbs whose funky dreads aren't getting the respect he thinks they deserve. Either way, fuck off. I'm paying tribute to a cultural icon; you're flapping your gums about a magazine article that substitutes contempt for understanding, EVERY SINGLE TIME. I'm not playing with irony here, my friend.

And I have far too much respect for my feet to want to put them in your shoes, even for a second, thanks.

RIP, Mr. Hayes, indeed.

Posted by Fnarf | August 10, 2008 6:08 PM

Get madder! It's funny!

Posted by Spew! Spew! Spew! | August 10, 2008 6:11 PM

ya got me, elenchos. how's the baby? can you bring him/her to slog?

and you were open/google the source: shut UP. fnarf is the furthest thing from a hipster you're ever gonna find. like me, he is more artificial hip replacement than hipster, and you little homonculi are not fit to kiss his feet! if you live in the seattle area, i DARE YOU to attend slog happy on thursday evening and find out for yourself how wrong wrong wrong you are. but you won't, you sniveling little trolls, 'cause you're all talk and no action.

Posted by scary tyler moore | August 10, 2008 6:15 PM

This is terrible news. @1 is exactly right. Isaac Hayes Live, the Shaft soundtrack, Black Moses...

I'm gonna put on "by the Time I Get to Phoenix" and toast the man.

My favorite memory of him was at the Oscars when he was playing keyboards and this smoke machine malfunctioned and blew tons of smoke in his face -- he kept playing and singing. Fucking professional genius to the end.

Hail Xenu!

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | August 10, 2008 6:21 PM

1971. I heard "Theme from 'Shaft'" on the scratchy little am radio in the kitchen and it was a trascendent moment in my life. I was 11.

Thank you, Isaac Hayes. RIP

Posted by homage to me | August 10, 2008 6:29 PM

the haters just put me in the mood for ike singing 'walk on by'..
that and chocolate salty balls..

Posted by reverend dr dj riz | August 10, 2008 6:56 PM

the GB ukulele orchestra with their version of the theme from shaft.

Posted by scary tyler moore | August 10, 2008 7:02 PM


I'm not the spammer dude to whom u refer & have not commented on this Isaac Hayes thread at all.

Till now.

Guten abend--

Posted by PC | August 10, 2008 7:22 PM


I'm not the spammer dude to whom u refer & have not commented on this Isaac Hayes thread at all.

Till now.

Guten abend--

Posted by PC | August 10, 2008 7:23 PM

Fnarf, thanks for sharing that info about Hayes. Unfortunately, I'm far less cultured than you and know very little about Hayes true music (but I could sing you a mean rendition of "Shaft." Damn right.).

What I know of Hayes is that he was a hilarious character on one of those most sardonic and culturally intelligent television shows in the last decade. And then he screwed it up by getting caught up in a ridiculous cult/carnival. Next thing you know, he's dead.

That's too bad. Damn right.

Posted by Sam | August 10, 2008 7:45 PM

Call him drunken Isaac Hayes
He won't answer anymore

Posted by kinaidos | August 10, 2008 8:07 PM


Not you, scary. You won. PC lost. Obviously. (I can bring the baby if the NO MINORS sign at The Hideout is only at the bar. If it is at the door, then we can't enter).


Right. You're not SusanUnPC/Susan Hudgens either. There's actually a giant litter of you enormous douchebags operating independently, and we can't tell you all apart. Or maybe we don't care to bother.

Posted by elenchos | August 10, 2008 8:33 PM

Xenu called.
Isaac answered.

Posted by monkey | August 10, 2008 8:47 PM

Rough! The poor guys--I'll miss them both. Am a little in shock.

Please don't let Aretha die this week...

"betroffene" Amelia

Posted by Amelia | August 10, 2008 10:21 PM

Fucking hell, that sucks.

Posted by laterite | August 10, 2008 11:51 PM

Where is the fucking morning news?

Posted by Stop complaining about how hard your blogger life is when you fucking suck at it. | August 11, 2008 8:41 AM

Has anyone heard from Bill Cosby lately?

Posted by PA Native | August 11, 2008 8:46 AM

Is Morgan Freeman gonna pull through?

Posted by DOUG. | August 11, 2008 8:49 AM


I hope he's dead.

Posted by Mr. Poe | August 11, 2008 8:49 AM

Anybody ever see "Truck Turner"? Wild blaxploitation film. Ever see the video of the show he did in Zaire in the 70s? Awesome outfit. His pre-"Shaft" music is especially important. Apparently, he had 11 kids. We're all Chef's children now. Issac Hayes shall be missed.

Posted by lark | August 11, 2008 8:53 AM

@10, @13 & other such haters,

Aw, c'mon, everybody knows Ronald Reagan invented Hip-Hop.

Posted by Jeff Stevens | August 11, 2008 9:12 AM

"Who's the cat that won't cop out
When there's danger all about?"

here is to one of the greats mr. isaac hayes.

Posted by SeMe | August 11, 2008 9:15 AM

By totally bizarre coincidence, I was sing the Shaft theme song all weekend while camping.

So weird...and horribly sad.

Mr. Hayes, RIP.

Posted by Original Monique | August 11, 2008 9:50 AM

FYI, Xenu is the enemy in scientology. I don't think Hayes would be seeking him out.

I would guess a more accurate thought would be that he's part of Tom Cruise now.

Posted by harold | August 11, 2008 10:13 AM

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