Get Down with There But For the Grace of God Go I

A highlight of the second episode of the new(ish) Netflix show The Get Down is when Mylene feigns “feeling the spirit” in her father’s Pentecostal Church to convert a gospel performance into a disco audition:

Of course, the song is slightly anachronistic, since Machine did not release it until 1979, just a bit later than the early days of hip hop depicted in the show (the 1977 New York blackout occurs in the next episode):

As good as Machine’s original version is, I actually prefer the cover the song’s producer and co-writer August Darnell later recorded with his own pastiche swing disco band Kid Creole and the Coconuts:

It seems Darnell has turned the many songs he’s written, performed and produced with Kid Creole and the Coconuts, his brother’s band, Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band, and their many offshoots into a “jukebox musical,” Cherchez la Femme.

ps — I also enjoyed the scenes of Flash teaching Shaolin to work the decks, but why was Lyn Collins’s “Think (It Takes Two)” (on James Brown’s People Records, with a purple label) playing while The Jimmy Castor Bunch’s It’s Just Begun (on RCA Records, with a bright orange label) was spinning on the turntables? Could it be that music clearance fell through for the latter (which was commonly sampled in early hip hop) after they had already shot the scene?


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