Five Star Fridays: Afro Sheen Edition

Friday, July 6th, 2012

If the Pharaohs sound like a grittier, funkier version of Earth Wind and Fire, that’s because they were. A Chicago jazz band assembled by Maurice White, who would go on to found EWF, the Pharaohs moved on to funk but never to make it to Soul Train. Instead, they were known for making the background music on early 1970s Afro-Sheen commercials.

The song you’re hearing, “Pharaohs Love Y’all”, comes from In The Basement, which is sadly out of print. If I didn’t already own a copy, I’d gladly shell out the thirty dollars Amazon resellers charge for it, for this and for a stellar cover of Al Green’s “Love and Happiness”.

— Patrick from Popehat

Update: DOH! Sorry Maggie.

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8 Responses to “Five Star Fridays: Afro Sheen Edition”

  1. #1 |  Rojo | 

    At one point, Earth Wind & Fire were a grittier, funkier version of Earth Wind & Fire.

    Ok, not quite as gritty and funky as this, but still.

    *shakes fist at disco gods*

  2. #2 |  ClubMedSux | 

    I can’t speak for all Agitator readers, but I for one don’t mind multiple Five Star Friday posts.

  3. #3 |  Maggie McNeill | 

    Sorry for what, Patrick? I think it would be FANTASTIC if we really made these “Five Star Fridays” by each posting a video!

  4. #4 |  KP | 

    Sweet, sweet sounds…

  5. #5 |  Matthew Lux | 

    Man! Guest bloggers changing shit up. This is what I like. I’ve been thinking it about time to link Free Jazz and Libertarians.

  6. #6 |  jmcross | 

    Hear hear

  7. #7 |  Hugh | 

    THE PHARAOHS albums are available for purchase and download on iTunes – much less than $30!

  8. #8 |  Return of the Agitator « The Honest Courtesan | 

    […] my  epigram was drawn.  Next he explained “Why I Hate ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’”, posted two music videos for the site’s “Five Star Fridays” feature, and blew everyone away with the brilliant […]