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How do you feel about The Chicken?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Kwesi, Nov 14, 2012.

  1. Particularly Jaco's versions of the song. Frankly, I think it's one of the cheesiest pieces of music I've ever heard, not counting joke songs and such. It's like it's trying to hard to be funky and falls on it's face. My buddy, on the other hand, LOVES it. Ever since we played it back in high school he just can't get enough.

    Just curious to see what other folks think.
  2. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    I'll take Maceo's or Brian Bromberg's versions every day! Never really a Jaco fan. I prefer my funk much harder and much more authentic. Jaco could be funky but he was not, IMHO, a funk bass player.

    I'd love to hear Rocco and TOP do a take on it.
  3. colcifer

    colcifer Esteemed Nitpicker Supporting Member

    Feb 10, 2010
    A Galaxy Far, Far Away
    To make it groove like Jaco did YOU have to groove like Jaco did, which is grooving like Jerry Jemmott did. It's not a funk bassline but it is very funky.

    I like the track. How can Pee Wee Ellis be cheesy? Soul Intro's pretty cool, too.
  4. Marial

    Marial weapons-grade plum

    Apr 8, 2011
    Jaco's version reminds me of Saturday Night Live music, any time I hear it I start seeing GE Smith and that big bearded sax player (and HE reminded me of a better kempt Captain Lou Albano) that was in the SNL band at the time. It's a fun enough tune, but I'm by no means a fan.
  5. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    I like the Chicken because it is a Jaco related tune that a crappy bassist like me can play!:D
  6. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    I agree with much of what you say except I am a Jaco fan. I love his playing, but he was not a funk bassist to my ears. He was a sort of r&b mutant who could get funky, but his true calling was fusion.
  7. sloasdaylight

    sloasdaylight Banned

    Feb 4, 2009
    Tampa, Florida, US
    Honestly, despite the fact that I'm more or less a Jaco fan, I hate that song with a passion.
  8. awesomesawyer


    Aug 27, 2012
    The Chicken was the song that made jaco my favorite bassist!

    GODSBASSMAN Supporting Member

    Feb 2, 2005
    S. Carolina
    I prefer mine baked.
  10. kellyrojo


    Feb 16, 2011
    South Carolina
    The james brown version is outta sight but the Jaco version is funky too. Lovin those dom 7th chords all day long
  11. bassRunner


    Aug 10, 2012
    Urbana, IL
    I'm with your friend. I absolutely LOVE Jaco's version of this tune. To each his/her own.
  12. Jazzdogg

    Jazzdogg Less barking, more wagging!

    Jul 29, 2006
    San Diego, CA
  13. Aguilar/Dave B.

    Aguilar/Dave B. Aguilar Amplification Commercial User

    Nov 8, 2003
    New York City
    President: Aguilar Amplification
    Lenny Pickett was and is the sax player! Totally unique and kick ass. IMHO. Jaco swung so hard on some grooves like "the chicken" that it was funk!
    Lenny was playing with Tower of Power when he was a teenager. Serious credentials of funk and just plain good R&B.

    Still....different strokes for different folks...
  14. Marial

    Marial weapons-grade plum

    Apr 8, 2011
    Yep, I just not a big fan of that type of music, all respect to the players.
  15. The funny thing is that Weckl's take is the only one that I've found that I actually like. He cut all the cheese from the tune and left the musicality. It sounds so much more fun and alive as opposed to a bad game show theme.
  16. The Owl

    The Owl

    Aug 14, 2005
    Atlanta GA
    Funky yes but extremely done to death.
  17. pedro


    Apr 5, 2000
    Madison, WI.
  18. pedro


    Apr 5, 2000
    Madison, WI.
    FWIW, Jaco had been doing that tune going back to his pre-discovery days in Ft Lauderdale. I seem to recall there was a version floating around some years back of Jaco in an organ trio he was in back in Ft Lauderdale. This version is off the Jaco video.

  19. chef wong

    chef wong Banned

    Sep 15, 2012
    It's hard to watch a post 1984 Jaco concert. He goes through his mental cycle or whatever with each song, and it's easy to see.

    He did break from his disorder for the Live in Italy album...