This So-Called Post-Post-Racial Life

May 8, 2009

Peace, Love, and Soooooooul Train: Old School Friday

Filed under: Old School Friday, Uncategorized — Tags: , , — pprscribe @ 10:21 am
"Ball of Light." PPR_Scribe

"Ball of Light." PPR_Scribe

I’m going to get straight to it today. The OSF theme: Soul Train.

I have to start with the one song that says “Soul Train theme” to me: “The Sound of Philadelphia” by MFSB.

And next up—because I have always been a huge fan and thus (as a Black girl) felt vindicated when he appeared on this very hip, very Black show singing this song—Elton John singing “Bennie and the Jets.”

And I can’t leave the Soul Train without featuring another of my most favorite artists. Prince premiered several songs from his Gold Experience on Soul Train. My favorite was this duet with Nona Gaye, “Love Sign.”

And finally, a true blast from Soul Train past. “Pop That Thang” by the Isley Brothers is one of my favorites. Sure, it is a good and funky song. But it also made me think a lot as a young kid. I just knew they had to be singing about something nasty, but for the life of me I couldn’t figure out exactly what. Look at that rooster and hen? And pop what thing? Was my thing supposed to pop?

In case you are wondering. Yes, that is my disco ball in this photograph. Don’t you have a disco ball hanging in your house?

play-ville-de-lumiere-by-goldGo ahead. Form two parallel lines and bust out your best moves down the Soul Train line. Don’t be shy! Happy Old School Friday, y’all. And have a funky weekend!


As always, a big thank you to OSF hostesses, Marvalus at (her new place) Conversations with Marva

and MrsGrapevine.

Please check out the rules for joining and list of other OSF participants here.


  1. First off, I could easily loop your playlist and be happy for or an hour. 🙂

    What if Soul Train had never existed? It was a step up from what our black parents had in their generation.

    No, I don’t have a discoball, but I might still have my black light somewhere.

    🙂 Happy OSF!

    Comment by Nordette aka Verite — May 8, 2009 @ 1:36 pm

  2. My fave is the Isley’s Pop That Thang, but I couldn’t get it to play. (I am not very tech savvy). I also loved MFSB TSOP. I remember both of these well. Great choices.

    I am a little too early for the Disco Ball, but like VP I go back to the black light and other 70s paraphenalia.

    Comment by revvy rev — May 8, 2009 @ 3:36 pm

  3. You have the most amazing playlists and choices every week. TSOP by MFSB set the mood for the show and of course would indicate the end of a commerical for Afro Sheen.

    Soul Train, Soul Train…

    Comment by hagar's daughter — May 8, 2009 @ 5:19 pm

  4. OK You had me at Bennie & the Jets, but Love Sign is my jam. I’m feeling better already. 🙂

    Comment by sHaE-sHaE — May 8, 2009 @ 5:22 pm

  5. Benny and the Jets – I just never associated Elton John with Soul Train but I dearly love that song.

    I had two mini disco balls dangling from Petunia’s rear view mirror until recently – they came unglued in the heat and fell to the floorboards – but they have taken up residence on my dashboard and flash everyone on sunny days, lol.

    Ah, the good old days, lol.


    Comment by popartdivatv — May 8, 2009 @ 7:21 pm

  6. You have a disco ball? You don’t know how jealous I am.

    “Pop That Thang”? Now that’s what I’m talking about. Great picks!

    Comment by Kevin — May 8, 2009 @ 11:43 pm

  7. MFSB is classic!
    I thought I was THE ONLY black girl who liked Benny & the Jets!!!
    Great picks!

    Comment by regina — May 9, 2009 @ 12:54 pm

  8. Thanks, everybody, for dropping by my OSF—and for your own picks.

    Nordette and Rev: the black light was the thing, wasn’t it. Along with the velvet posters? Aw, shucks, now! LOL! (PS. Rev, once you get to the site you click on the play button that says, “start the Smart Playlist”—not the other playlist over on the right. It is a bit confusing…)

    Thanks, H’sD! And I had forgotten about the AfroSheen commercials. You are GOOD, girl! LOL

    ShaeShae, Nona Gaye is a favorite of mine—one of those artists I wish could get more airtime. Have you heard the remix version of “Love Sign” on Crystal Ball?

    PopArtDiva, i think EJ was the first White artist to perform on Soul Train. I know for a fact he was one of the few. And Regina, no, you were not the only Black girl who dug “Bennie and the Jets”!

    Kevin, get on down to a Spencer’s Gift and get you a disco ball!

    Thanks again, all.

    Comment by pprscribe — May 9, 2009 @ 6:30 pm

  9. I have a miniature disco ball hanging above the entrance to my office.

    Comment by more cowbell — May 11, 2009 @ 1:24 pm

  10. @ MC: Yay!

    Comment by pprscribe — May 11, 2009 @ 2:48 pm

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