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Saturday, June 8, 2013


Fugi (or Fuji) is actually Ellington Jordan who is also known as the man who wrote "I'd Rather Go Blind" with Etta James (although her name doesn't appear on the writer's credit, due to an alleged tax situation) while he was incarcerated.

Upon his release, Ellington hooked up with Detroit psych funk band Black Merda (widely believed to be the first all black rock group), and cut several records as Fugi; the most famous of which is the frighteningly great "Mary Don't Take Me On No Bad Trip".

"Red Moon" was one of the final Fugi singles (and in my opinion the finest), and the group hits on an amazing groove, which is continued on to the b-side and is downright essential.

Fugi returned with a new album after many years in 2005; his records have been sampled many times by hip hop artists.

from 1970...


PT 2

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