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BLIND MELON'S BRAD SMITH

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Here’s where the bassist and co-songwriter for the hard-rockin’ pop band that brought you the dancing bee finds his aural inspiration. * Fela Kuti Black Man’s Cry (Shanachie) ”I’ve always been in love with black chanting-style vocals, coupled with political lyrics and authentic African accents.”

* Sly & The Family Stone Anthology (Epic) ”Yeah, yeah, Funkadelic-but the vocals are more passionate and concise than George Clinton’s. Sly gets me in the mood to pick up my bass and at least try to be black!”

* Joan Armatrading Joan Armatrading (A&M) ”The production always clinches it for me. The drums, the voice, the air in the room, you can hear it all. Her guitar playing is funking amazing! Tracy Chapman is cool, but Joan is cold!”

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