parlando playlist #62: spearhead - where the love goes [1995]

Posted on November 10th, 2013 by Scraps.
Categories: Music, Parlando Playlist.

Michael Franti has been a leader or co-leader of at least three significant bands, each of them quite different: the Beatnigs, whose only album was issued by Alternative Tentacles (owned by Jello Biafra, the leader of the Dead Kennedys); the Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy, a political / hardcore hip hop band; and Spearhead, which you can hear by the link in the next sentence.

"Where the Love Goes" is a live staple, apparently, to judge by the people listing live shows by Spearhead. It would have fit nicely on their debut album, the excellent Home. I have it on a Capitol promo, The Live Radio Sessions (the four other songs are live takes on songs from Home). As far as I know, that's it for CD recordings. I don't know*, but it doesn't sound like Franti is the lead vocal; or he's gruffed up his voice and changed his accent.

* my CDs are all in storage right now (tiny apartment, sigh); 98% of them, though, are in mp3 format, in my computer**. So I can access them for the Playlist, but sometimes I can't dig up information.
** don't worry, I have them backed up.

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Luke McGuff

Comment on November 10th, 2013.

That's so cool! I haven't heard this before. I liked Home quite a bit, and each successive album less so. "Roots Rebel Rockers" was pretty good.

This sounds like a Michael Franti to me.


Comment on November 11th, 2013.

Me too, pretty much. Home still the best, really not even close; but I still listen, and they're pretty good.

Scott Underwood

Comment on November 11th, 2013.

Scraps, I mentioned this post on the Well. We had a recent topic called "One person, two great bands," with examples like John Lydon, Damon Albarn, and Jeff Tweedy.

Franti seems like a great example, though I can see he's somewhat polarizing.


Comment on November 11th, 2013.

That would be fun.

Of course, I would probably cause trouble, like suggesting Paul McCartney.


Comment on November 12th, 2013.

Interesting. I have only heard him with Spearhead, so I can't compare his accent. He's quite popular in the Bay Area.


Comment on November 12th, 2013.

I'm very probably imagining things.


Comment on December 1st, 2013.

I preferred Disposable Heroes, but this is solid. Are you a Beatnigs fan?


Comment on December 1st, 2013.

I like all three. I prefer Spearhead, then Heroes, then Beatmigs. (In other words, Franti projects get better as he gets older (to me). Except Luke is right: the first Spearhead album, Home, is the best.)

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