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May 29, 2008

The CC Band

Two things interest me more than anything else: music (mostly weird and mostly vinyl) and Grand Rapids. So it makes sense that I go nuts for Grand Rapids related records. Well, interesting GR related records I should say (there is no shortage of terrible LPs from local doe-eyed singing Christians).


I about peed myself when I found two copies of "Damn It's A Jam" w/ "I Just Wanna Be On The Air" by the CC Band last Winter. Apparently, The CC Band was a local electro/rap/boogie group. They released this 7" on the label MEC Enterprises Records in 1990 but there is not much more info on the records than this (besides the last names and first initial of the artists). I don't know anything about the group or label, nor could I find anything about them online which makes them oh so much more exciting. One copy is black vinyl and the other is clear blue. So rad.


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Side A is not revolutionary, but totally fun (even if the slide-whistle sounds corny as hell). The best part of it is the GR shout-out at the 1:05 mark. (By-the-way, I collect GR shout-out songs, if you know any send them my way!)


The B side is the gem in my opinion. It reminds me of Death Comet Crew with its experimental bent, but it sounds from the laughing that they were just dicking around. I love it when one of the dudes keeps yelling "I know my rights!" over and over.


Either way, definitely one of my favorite all-time finds.


Click on the image of side A and B to listen to the tracks.


SIDE A- DAMN IT'S A JAM
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SIDE B- JUST WANNA BE ON THE AIR
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Posted by matt at May 29, 2008 11:30 AM

Comments

Have you tracked down the CC's (curries/coleman) yet? Wonder if they're still around town. If they're not in the white pages, then get Daley to give you his son's contact number in Atlanta, cause I bet he knows these guys. It'd be interesting to find out how many were pressed in each color, where it was recorded, did they have other releases, etc and most importantly, who is speedo and what radio station did he DJ at? What channel was his video on TV? How can we score a copy?

Posted by: tom shannon at May 31, 2008 5:33 PM

Not sure if this is interesting to you, but there was an LP by some local lounge act down at Dodd's earlier today in his foyer, it's autographed and I think Gerry wants 50 cents for it. It just came in today. It was an artist that performed at Sayfees in the 70's or 80's. Can't remember his name. I never heard the record before but it looks bad. Might have some weirdness to it though.

Posted by: tom shannon at May 31, 2008 5:39 PM

There's a Johnny Curry who was in The Creations (never waxed, pre-soulmates, post-people's choice.) Maybe he's related?

Posted by: tom shannon at May 31, 2008 5:46 PM

There are several 45's credited to either cc band or c.c. band on gemm.com, but I suspect it's a different group, because one of the song titles is in French.

Posted by: tom shannon at June 2, 2008 9:04 AM

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