Sunday, November 28, 2010
LANNY HUNT AND THE THEMES - I CAN'T SAY I LOVE YOU
Portland, OR's first racially integrated band only had a chance to cut this lone 45. As the legend goes, Lanny was walking past a house where he heard a band practicing (first known as the Majestics) and he boldly asked them if he wanted to form a band together! After a name change to the Themes, the group cut this 45, which shows a STRONG early James Brown influence (to my ears). Lanny kept the band going up until the early 70's, apparently. Too bad there aren't more recordings, as his unique vocals are very, very strong. The song has also grown on me more and more with repeated listens; it has that "late night mysterious radio broadcast" kinda sound; the type of thing you hope to come across while driving on a long road trip twisting the dials late into night, blows your mind for two and a half minutes and makes you wonder what the HELL was that!