Anglo For Your Ear: Labi Siffre’s “I Got The”
It’s Gay Pride Week here in New York and all around the globe, and I bring you a track from one of Britain’s most underappreciated openly gay singers, Labi Siffre. He doesn’t have the cachet of Sir Elton John, George Michael, or Boy George, but he’s equally as important. Siffre was born in London to Barbadian and Nigerian parents, and he studied jazz and blues growing up. His musical education paid off in funky, intricate tunes like 1975’s “I Got The,” which features a keyboard hook sampled, ironically, in Eminen‘s song “My Name Is.”
He also wrote the Madness classic “It Must Be Love.” Suck on that for a little while.