Stevie Wonder has this kind of grating song on his otherwise genius 1976 Songs in the Key of Life LP.

It's called "Black Man"—and while yeah, I get it (basically, it's a Howard Zinn-style alternative history rundown of important people of color), the conceit is a little trite, and it features school children (a clunky move in any song) that makes it pretty hard to listen to these days.

But, okay, it was the Sesame Street '70s.

Having said that, the outer-space neo-Black power ladies of  THEESatisfaction (PubliCola's favorite band), got some attention in the Seattle Times this weekend in Andrew Matson's catalog of hot local releases.

Evidently, THEESatisfaction released this in July, but I hadn't seen or heard it.

Hands down, best CD cover and title ever. (Rivaled only by this cover and title.)



I love that THEESatisfation is going all 1770s-U.S.-history  on us. Specifically, I think the whole thing is a reference to the first line of Stevie Wonder's "Black Man," which notes that the first colonist to get killed by the British (in 1770's Boston Massacre) was Crispus Attucks, a black man.

(I'm a goof for this stuff: I went to a reenacment of the Boston Massacre on the 237th anniversary.)

If possible, now I like THEESatisfaction even more. The songs on  THEESatisfaction Loves Stevie Wonder Why We Celebrate Colonialism are called: "Obama," "Bush," "Lincoln," "Washington," and "Reagan," with hilarious lyrics like "white people steal our music and then we just take it back." (That line, obviously, is from the song "Obama.")

Listen here. They play next in Bellingham on October 8.

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