Sunday, August 10, 2008

Isaac Hayes 1942-2008

Isaac Hayes has passed away. Not a good week for cool African American men, with Bernie Mac preceeding him.

I just discovered this video of the theme from Shaft. When the John Singleton remake came out, I remember being disappointed, particularly because Shaft didn't have a lady friend. As a friend of mine asked rhetorically, "What do they think that song is about?"

Here's an interesting tidbit that I either forgot or never knew: Shaft was directed by Gordon Parks, the great photographer. I love Gordon Parks.

Videos of pre-MTV songs are very hit-or-miss (of course, so are many post-MTV videos). This one nails it.

Rest in peace, Chef.

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