Wednesday, January 16, 2008


West Phillips: (I'm Just A) Sucker For A Pretty Face
vocal
instr.
alternate (w/vocoder)

Discogs reviewer davejay more or less echoes my sentiments when he writes: "Wow. Classic piece of downbeat electro-funk from West Phillips, about whom I know very little. Hard to put one's finger on why it sounds so bloody great - after all, the vocals are so-so at best and the track doesn't really go anywhere too meaningful once it gets going. But it's just... indubitably funky. And Sucker's mix of ultra-tight guitar licks and typically '80's style synth stabs sounds surprisingly fresh even today... drop this early on in any set and watch those heads start nodding..."

4 comments:

ib said...

Hmmm... Reminds me (vaguely AND vividly, take your pick) of Indeep's "Last Night a DJ Saved My Life" from 1982, although the groove is played out with a lot more depth here. The vocoder version is especially good.

Anonymous said...

Thank You so much for resurrecting this gem. I still have my 12 inch vinyl. Wouldn't let it go. That guitar is so nasty. Use to love throwing it on the Technics when I spun in Chicago in the 80's. John - Atlanta, GA, USA

jphillips said...

RIP West Phillips.

First off I am his nephew and I was surprised to find this blog about the song "sucka", it's great to see that you guys enjoyed it as much as we enjoyed singing along with him at family gatherings.

Thanks again.

JP

emmett said...

Hey J, thanks for the family reminiscences! Sorry to hear about West's passing. His songs and voice continue to rock dancefloors the world over.