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Posted: 2011 12-01


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Sun City blazing in Jungleland

[Editor's Note:  In this clip, "Sun City" starts at 6:35]


This is just sick. The funkiest song. The best message. The all-star delivery. The joy in the faces. The “on” of the players. The tiny venue. The jumping audience. The grainy video. The greatest city.

This is the live version of this great song in the history of rock n roll.  See, also: Free Nelson Mandela, by The Specials.

Totally dig how they jam out the extended climax with the counterpoint of James Brown’s Living In America.  This is just smokin’ live in the Jersey boys’ Jungleland, hometown for all.

The song grew out of the social upheaval after Reagan was elected -- the counter-culture’s counter-punch to the trickle-down greed of Big Brother Bozo.  We Are The World and Live Aid were the same year.  And no slight to either, but this is one funkier tune, and one more precise objective.  And it was achieved.  Brother Nelson was released within 3 years of this clip, and was President in 4.

But how jumpin’ is this performance?!  It’s amazing the cameras held steady cuz it sure looks like the foundations are shaking.  But thank the rock gods they were there for this old-school small-room rock n roll moment.  The way it all started.  And the way it should always be.


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