Photo by G.
Susannah Melvoin and St. Paul of fDeluxe
Funkateers! If you live in New York, Minneapolis or Chicago, you are in luck. One of the funkiest bands of the 80s (and still going strong), fDeluxe, have announced 3 shows in August 2013:
August 21, 2013 at City Winery in New York
August 22, 2013 at City Winery in Chicago
August 23, 2013 at Dakota in Minneapolis
If you don’t know the music of fDeluxe, let me tell you a few things: their saxophone player Eric Leeds is arguably the best sax man alive and is responsible for so many of the funkiest moments on Prince’s late 80s output; 20 years later, the band is still incredibly funky; there’s a 99% chance you’ll hear “The Screams of Passion” and “Mutiny” performed live, which are two of the hidden gems of the 80s and if that’s not enough, they sang the original version of the classic song “Nothing Compares 2 U,” for crying out loud!
GO SEE THEM! You will not regret it.
Pass it on!
Photos by G (except where noted).
If you can see this, you’ve survived the Mayan apocalypse. 2013 is here! I took a brief survey of some of According2g.com’s All-Stars in the fields of art, music and publishing to find out what their 2013 New Year’s Resolutions are. For those, like me that don’t make resolutions anymore, I asked them to tell us what they are looking forward to in 2013. Click on their name to be directed to their websites to learn more about these great minds. Thanks to everyone that participated and I hope 2013 exceeds your dreams, goals and visions!
Art by Nathan Sawaya
“I resolve to rock the art world by creating art unlike anything the world has ever seen before. Also to eat less trans-fats.” – Nathan Sawaya, Artist.
St. Paul Peterson
“I am looking forward to creating new music for fDeluxe in 2013!” – St. Paul Peterson, Singer/Musician
wall by Skinner
“I’m looking forward to a year of health and new creativity, emotional understanding of myself and others. Doing more murals, ripping super hard and letting the universe be the complete exponential train-wreck that it is without taking on the negativity that comes with it! Also trying to get my cats to not pee on top of each others pee in the house.” – Skinner, Artist
Peter Davis (photo courtesy of Peter Davis)
“My resolution is to drink less coffee and finish a photo project that I am doing for The Coalition for the Homeless, my favorite charity. And also, when not editing my magazine SCENE, finish my book so my agent is happy.” – Peter Davis, Editor-in-Chief of Scene Magazine
Art by Free Humanity
“My New Year’s resolution that I have had for about a zillion years is to treat every day like New Year’s, every day like Christmas and every day and every moment as special as the next. With every breath, I remind myself of the infiniteness and momentariness of this moment that is always with me. Shit if i could only be that poetic all the time (laughs).” – Free Humanity, Artist.
Matt Gross (photo courtesy of Matt Gross)
“I’m looking forward to these albums in 2013:
Autre Ne Veut – “Anxiety”
Ulrich Schnauss – “A Long Way To Fall”
Indians – “Somewhere Else”
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Title TBD (due in spring)
Sky Ferreira – Title TBD (due in spring)” – Matt Gross, Editor-in-Chief, A Heart Is A Spade
Eminem by Borbay
“I always end my year with a recap, and begin with goals… though the latter are usually kept to myself. In 2013, I’ll make an immediate splash with the Kick Ass Actors in Kick Ass Roles exhibition, and while it’s like telling a pitcher he has a no-hitter going in the 4th, I’d like to sell out. Beyond that, I want 2013 to be to 2012, what 2012 was to 2011, a major step in the right direction — new collectors, great press, creative progress… Beyond the easel, I want to be the best husband I can be for my wife Erin, a true friend to the good ones, and continue living an honest life of passion.” – Borbay, Artist.
Rob Shuter (Photo courtesy of Rob Shuter)
“Laugh out loud EVERY SINGLE day” – Rob Shuter, Entertainment Columnist
“To continue living a creative life, to concentrate on work and friendships, and to not let the greed, stupidity and vulgarity of our time have too much of an impact on the time I’ve been given.” – Isengart, Singer/Performance Artist
Paul Zepeda (photo courtesy of the artist)
“For 2013, I have resolved to go bigger and bolder in my work, which is my life. That includes exploring more of this beautiful planet we are on for inspiration, as well as creating new worlds on canvas and expanding their international reach. After an amazing year in 2012 of establishing myself in NYC (thanks in large part to a stellar group of friends and colleagues) and achieving dream after dream, I look forward to all that the new one has in store for me. Keep an eye on my progress here: http://www.Zepeda.us” – Paul Zepeda, Artist.
“I gotta think of a resolution first. Haha” – Phil Lumbang, Artist.
Stay tuned for 10 more resolutions and 2013 goals!
Photos by G.
If you missed the fDeluxe/Sheila E. concert at BB King’s in New York on August 29, 2012, you missed out on a great funkin’ night! There are so many highlights, it’s hard to begin, but this ought to sum it up – when’s the last time you heard “Mutiny” and “Koo Koo” performed live on the same night?!
Susannah Melvoin and St. Paul of fDeluxe
fDeluxe, formerly known as The Family, have only played New York a few times in their 20+ year career, but they really know how to make up for lost time. Aside from the two instrumental tracks (“Susannah’s Pajamas” and “Yes”), fDeluxe played every track from their debut album, “The Family.” What that means in lay man’s terms is New York got to hear funky live renditions of “High Fashion,” “Mutiny,” “The Screams of Passion,” “River Run Dry,” “Desire” and “Nothing Compares 2 U,” which was sung by The Family 5 years before Sinead O’Connor recorded it.
Susannah Melvoin and Eric Leeds
While the members of fDeluxe – St. Paul Peterson, Susannah Melvoin, Jellybean Johnson and Eric Leeds – might not be household names, to their fans, including myself, these are not mere mortals, but gods whose music has made our lives better and funkier for more than 2 decades! One of the highlights of the evening for me was sax man Eric Leeds walking out on stage for the first time during “High Fashion.” The audience absolutely lost their minds! He’s played sax or flute on so many of Prince’s best loved songs from the 80s, that when he emerged, you would have thought Prince himself was making an appearance (he did not, for those wondering).
fDeluxe didn’t just take us on a trip down memory lane, however. The band, funky as ever, played many songs from their 2011 album “Gaslight,” including the title track, “Drummers and Healers,” “@ 8,” and their new single “You Got What You Wanted,” an Ike and Tina Turner cover. “You Got What You Wanted” has just been released on fDeluxe’s official website and a limited edition CD single is available now.
You Got What You Wanted by fDeluxe. Out Now!
To celebrate the release of the new single, fDeluxe hung around at the merch table after the show and greeted their adoring fans. It was really cute hearing super-fans gush at how their songs have been anthems to us and many people thanked them for the music.
The show could have ended there and it would have been an amazing night, but fDeluxe were only warming us up for even more funk! If you’ve never seen Sheila E. perform before, you are seriously missing out. In addition to somehow finding the fountain of youth (look at her! She looks even better than she did 20 years ago!), she is one of the best performers and musicians you will EVER see. She plays intricate percussion and drum solos that she makes look effortless and no matter how many times I see her, and it’s been a lot, I have more and more respect for her talent. In addition to her new song “Leader of the Band,” and many Latin Jazz songs, Sheila E. also played many songs from her time in the Prince world.
Of course she played “A Love Bizarre,” and the show closer “the Glamourous Life,” but in addition she also played “Holly Rock,” “The Belle of St. Mark,” “Koo Koo,” and “Erotic City.” She had a tight and funky band, which included Eddie M. on sax. Watching people lose their cool during “Koo Koo,” which I’ve never heard live in all the times I’ve seen Sheila E., was definitely a highlight. Hopefully the love that New York showed Sheila E. and fDeluxe will be contagious and will enable them both to come back more often. Until then, we have memories from BB King’s to last us a lifetime.
Sheila E and Eddie M
Photo by G.
From L to R: Susannah Melvoin, St. Paul Peterson, Eric Leeds of fDeluxe
European funkateers – get ready! fDeluxe (formerly known as The Family) have announced some January 2012 European tour dates. As the US audiences can attest, it might have been 20 years in between albums but the funk is still fresh and fDeluxe are a band you must see live!
fDeluxe will be playing:
Le Réservoir / Paris, FR / Wed Jan 18 12 /08:00 PM
Jazz Cafe / London, UK / Thu Jan 19 12 /07:00 PM
Paradiso / Amsterdam, NL / Fri Jan 20 12 /08:00 PM
Ancienne Belgique AB / Brussels, BE / Sun Jan 22 12 /08:00 PM
You can purchase tickets here.
In other fDeluxe news, the band have announced that 2012 will see the release of a remix cd of their latest album “Gaslight” as well as a new video and a live album. Stay tuned to fDeluxe’s official website for all the latest funk!
Photos by G.
FDeluxe! Formerly known as “The Family,” Fdeluxe was born in 1985 as a side project for Prince and was the first act signed to his Paisley Park label. Their debut album has been in high rotation with me for 25 years. It’s only got 9 songs, but it’s a perfect album, according2g. It features the ultra-funky songs “High Fashion,” “Mutiny” and “The Screams of Passion,” two bad-ass instrumentals “Yes” and “Susannah’s Pajamas,” and the gorgeous slower songs “River Run Dry,” “Desire” and the original version of “Nothing Compares 2 U.” Though the members of the band have continued making music since 1985, The Family disbanded way too soon and reunited only briefly for the Woodstock of Prince-Protégé’s, The Family Jamm, in Los Angeles in 2003. I was fortunate enough to attend that show and it only whet my appetite for new songs and more live shows. I got my wish in 2011 as the band got back together to record their first album in 25 years, “Gaslight.” For reasons we’ll probably never be able to figure out (read: jealousy), Prince threatened litigation if the band used their original name. Therefore in 2011, The Family ceased to exist and FDeluxe was born. As Prince, who once changed his name to an unpronounceable symbol can attest to, the name is irrelevant. What matters is the music! FDeluxe are just as funky in 2011 as they were in 1985. They look great and sound great!
St. Paul Peterson and G
Fdeluxe was in New York on October 29, 2011 to play two sold out shows at Joe’s Pub (and in fact, these shows marked their New York debut). I’ve been looking forward to this show for so long, nothing would get in my way of this glorious day. New York experienced a freakish, unseasonable snow storm that day and getting around town was an absolute nightmare! Snow be damned, I ventured out to the show where I met FDeluxe and I had one of the best experiences you can possibly imagine. Lead singer “St. Paul” Peterson joked that he brought the Minnesota weather with him. I gushed to him how much I love his music and he could not have been any nicer.
Susannah Melvoin and G
Co-lead singer, Susannah Melovin was absolutely delightful to speak with and it turns out that my seat for the show was directly in front of her. Susannah even winked at me several times throughout the show!
- Eric Leeds and G
Eric Leeds is one of my personal gods. The music he makes on the saxophone is so funky it literally defies words. I thanked him for all the great music he’s given us throughout the years including work with FDeluxe, Madhouse, Prince and of course his own solo records. He told me that his extremely underrated album “Things Left Unsaid” is his favorite and that his 2000 album “Now & Again” will be re-released soon. Once again, he couldn’t have been nicer.
- Jellybean Johnson and G
Jellybean Johnson who plays bass as well as the drums occasionally for Fdeluxe was also extremely nice. He said that he was sort of in a hurry because the band was doing a photo shoot and people were waiting for him. I jokingly told him that I’d been waiting to see him for a much longer time – 25 years in fact – and he agreed with my logic and took his time chatting with me.
In addition to the band being SO nice, the show was amazing too and I am praying that FDeluxe starts to make this a regular thing. If you want the same thing, spread the word about “Gaslight.” Thanks again to Paul, Susannah, Eric and Jellybean for truly making my life better (and much much funkier)!