Friday, November 23, 2012
Shake Your Poo-Poo: Chuck's Favorite Record Find
Anyone who knew Chuck knew his love for the legendary comedy funk song, "Shake Your Poo-Poo" by a local soul/funk outfit called Earl Carter and the Fantastic 6. The group self-released an LP on the Princess label with the weird title Earl Carter and the Fantastic "6" + Say I Want to Make It with You. Where Chuck initially found this now rare slab of vinyl is a mystery to me: Happy's Flea Market, the Salvation Army, Goodwill, but he found the motherlode and amassed many copies for next-to-nothing. There seemed to be quite a pile of them in his room. At least that's how I recall it. I myself picked up a copy and still have it. The rest of the album is pretty lousy. A lot of cuts seem to be out of tune, like they forgot to tune to the electric piano, or it was added later, but the keys don't match the pitch of the rest of the songs. Or, maybe my copy was stamped crooked. Thankfully, this isn't an issue with the masterful "Shake Your Poo-Poo" in which we hear about the "mo-leef bird" (whatever that is) and about tap-dancing governor's sons. Plus the eternal question is raised: "Um, what exactly is a poo-poo?" "Ahm, anythang you want it to be." Deep!
FINALLY! someone has added the song on YouTube!
It turns out, ol' Chuck was on to something. It is now a very valuable record! Obscure funk, soul and r and b from the 70's now demand high dollars from collectors. I visited three collectors sites and most price nice condition copies for well-over a hundred bucks....EACH. Here's one example from Collector'sFrenzy.