Feel sunshine sparkle pink and blue

And onto another soundtrack. Tonight, I was driving around running a couple errands (trying to get home before Heroes started), and listening to the soundtrack for Quentin Tarantino's Jackie Brown. Tarantino is a guy whom people either love or hate, there doesn't seem to be any middle ground. Say what you want about him, he picks out great songs for his films. He's a music nerd, pure and simple. The song I'm about to drop is Strawberry Letter 23, by The Brothers Johnson. Hell yeah! This track was the the fucking bomb way back when. I had the 7" that had the little strawberry scratch n' sniff sleeve, I played the record to death and I sniffed the sleeve so much, you'd think I was getting high off it. Awesome. You can find this on their album, Right On Time. The original version was written by a then 15 year-old Shuggie Otis, and it appears on his Freedom Flight album. I've read that it's been covered by Bonnie Raitt, which sounds like it could be the worst cover ever.

The Brothers Johnson > Strawberry Letter 23


sharon said...

Without a doubt - one of my favourite songs of all time. And both versions are as wonderful as each other.

I had no idea Shuggie was only 15 when he wrote it - what talent! I'd highly recommend his album 'Inspiration Information'. And I can't wait to tell Thom about the scratch and sniff strawberry!


amanita LeMon said...

duude- i had this album in vinyl circa 1987- but then i had to return it to ameoba years later as i got tired of lugging vinyl around when everyone else was soo cool with CDs, circa 1995