Quincy Jones - Search & Destroy

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i'm sitting here grooving to the QJ / Michael Ingram track "One Hundred Ways". would i like it if MF Doom didn't sample it? i think i might. it's pretty awful, but the rhodes keyboard and bassline are kinda tasty.

i have the MJ albums and a few of his soundtracks.

what else is good? get to it....

JasonD (JasonD), Tuesday, 16 September 2003 19:25 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I'll have to destroy Soul Bossa Nova (a.k.a. The Austin Powers Theme Song) if only for him somehow finding a way to restrain Roland Kirk.

His material is usually a bit too whitebread, but i would recommend a search on his work with Billy Eckstine.

christoff (christoff), Tuesday, 16 September 2003 19:42 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

i think i'm looking for that Whitebread sound right now. like super smoothed over funk and soul

i'm sure these whitebread songs if interpreted differently would be monsters

JasonD (JasonD), Tuesday, 16 September 2003 19:55 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Got Isaac? (Hayes).

christoff (christoff), Tuesday, 16 September 2003 20:17 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

From Q, with Love

Bryan Moore (Bryan Moore), Tuesday, 16 September 2003 23:25 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

(psst... don't tell anybody, but I really like some of the album he produced for Donna Summer.)

Eric H. (Eric H.), Wednesday, 17 September 2003 01:05 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

He's done some fabulous work and some flabulous work, but what's really in the Power Center Hall of Fame is his Rolodex.

Dock Miles (Dock Miles), Wednesday, 17 September 2003 01:22 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

The Q produced Donna Summer album is one of the few I don't have. I heard it wasn't very good, but I should probably just spend the dollar and find out.

Sean (Sean), Wednesday, 17 September 2003 01:35 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Yes, most people hate it. The presence of Vangelis doesn't help much, but even that song doesn't really bother me much.

Maybe it would help if people thought of it as a collection of unreleased B-Sides to Off the Wall or something...?

Eric H. (Eric H.), Wednesday, 17 September 2003 03:07 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

SEARCH SEARCH SEARH his movie soundtracks, especially:

- The Pawnbroker
- The Deadly Affair (available on CD in a 2-fer w/ the above and which also has my favouriteb Astrud Gilberto song as its theme tune)
- The Hot Rock
- $

I quite like Big Band Bossa Nova too. I bought his 1961 straight(ish) jazz LP The Quintessence recently, but have only listened to it once thus far.

zebedee (zebedee), Wednesday, 17 September 2003 17:28 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Quintessence I've got as well. It's a decent-to-v.good big band rekkid, I recall.

t\'\'t (t\'\'t), Thursday, 18 September 2003 12:21 (fifteen years ago) Permalink


Bob Shaw (Bob Shaw), Thursday, 18 September 2003 12:54 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I can't believe this thread has gotten this far without somebody mentioning Walking In Space. It hangs in this perfect middle ground between raw and smooth (or at least smooth but not too smooth). Ray Brown on electric, Freddie Hubbard, Roland Kirk, Killer Joe, Oh Happy Day.

Jordan (Jordan), Thursday, 18 September 2003 15:48 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

GULA MATARI (A&M, 1970).
Deeply funky and soulful epics, including a cover of
"Bridge Over Trouble Water." Hip-hop cats have been
sampling bits off this album for ages, for good reason.

Dave Segal (Da ve Segal), Thursday, 18 September 2003 20:34 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

i've had Body Heat for YEARS and never actually listened to it until today?! wtf. it's soooo good. really nice and soulful and funky and spacey. and there are a couple of songs that sound EXACTLY like Whitfield produced Temptations.

team jaxon (jaxon), Wednesday, 15 March 2006 20:24 (twelve years ago) Permalink

nine months pass...
I just bought The Dude, his 1981 LP, for 6 Euros, mainly because of its rather ridiculous cover:


Most of the album is nice-but-forgettable light disco and R&B, even though it's cool to hear one of my favourite unsung soul singers, Patti Austin, who's featured on several tunes. There's also a bunch of big name guests, like Stevie Wonder and Herbie Hancock, but they fail to make an impression. However, the two opening tunes are really quite something. The first one is this disco stomp, "Ai No Corrida", sung by James Ingram, which gets its name from the original Japanese title of In the Realm of The Senses and seems to be thematically linked to it. It also has very melodramatic string and horn arrangements, which makes the whole tune kinda over the top. But even better is the second tune, a mid-tempo electro funk number called "The Dude". The whole tune is just a praise for this superfly guy called The Dude (aka Quincy Jones), sung by Ingram, a female chorus, and someone using a vocoder. On top of that there's some rapping by The Dude himself (I'm not sure if it's really QJ, could be), with the voice slowed-down for a Barry White kind of effect:

"I graduated from the college of the street,
I got a P.H.D. on how to make ends meet,
Inflation in the nation don't bother me,
'Cause I'm a scholar with a dollar,
You can plainly see"

...and so on. Wonderful stuff. If only the rest of the album was as good as these two tunes.

Tuomas (Tuomas), Saturday, 13 January 2007 15:30 (twelve years ago) Permalink

That is the song that Devin The Dude named himself after.

"The Streetbeater," aka the theme from Sanford and Son, is a tremendous well put together slab of orchestrated funk.

novamax (novamax), Saturday, 13 January 2007 15:41 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Eric otm on that Donna Summer record. It contains one of the better Springsteen covers too.

I'm a fan of his George Benson album (Give Me The Night) and his own Back on the Block, which has splendid performances by El Debarge, Chaka Khan, and Brother Ray.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn (Alfred Soto), Saturday, 13 January 2007 15:54 (twelve years ago) Permalink

it's cool to hear one of my favourite unsung soul singers, Patti Austin, who's featured on several tunes


Wasn't there supposed to be a cartoon about the Dude that never materialized?

"Somethin' Special" is my favorite from that album.

"Ai No Corrida" is a cover of Chas Jankel's proto-Basement Jaxx original.

Body Heat is BAAAAAD. You cannot fuck with Leon Ware.

Mellow Madness has some great slow-motion synth sleaze. I also love the first song, with the Brothers Johnson (before their first album).

What Dave said about Gula Matari. "Gula Matari" itself = ungh.

Andy_K (Andy_K), Saturday, 13 January 2007 15:59 (twelve years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Good interview here (at least I think it's good, but I didn't really know much about the man):


_Rockist__Scientist_, Saturday, 29 November 2008 19:16 (ten years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

How do we feel about Back on the Block? I just got it.

look at it, pwn3d, made u look at my peen/vadge (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 2 December 2010 22:45 (eight years ago) Permalink

'secret garden' is a jam.

hiding behind a beard (or something), Thursday, 2 December 2010 23:44 (eight years ago) Permalink

You see this one in dollar bins a lot and it's pretty good.


Mark, Saturday, 4 December 2010 17:03 (eight years ago) Permalink

"Secret Garden" is awesome, yeah. So is the remake of "I'll Be Good To You" and an Ice-T rap. Theoretically I'm attracted to the idea of "Q" trying to capture fifty years of black musical history in seventy minutes.

look at it, pwn3d, made u look at my peen/vadge (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 4 December 2010 21:09 (eight years ago) Permalink

's OK but the dude is better

hubertus bigend (m coleman), Saturday, 4 December 2010 21:19 (eight years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Watching Listen Up: The Lives of Quincy Jones now. Ugh. IIRC, Back on the Block has Miles Davis and Ella Fitzgerald on about two bars each.

Naive Teen Idol, Monday, 17 January 2011 18:12 (eight years ago) Permalink

seven years pass...


probably the most insane interview I've ever read

frogbs, Wednesday, 31 January 2018 13:37 (one year ago) Permalink


Acid Hose (Capitaine Jay Vee), Wednesday, 31 January 2018 14:58 (one year ago) Permalink

haha, what a life. hope he does make it to 120.

tylerw, Wednesday, 31 January 2018 15:47 (one year ago) Permalink

Oh shit, I just posted this in another thread. This was really awesome to read.

davey, Thursday, 1 February 2018 02:57 (one year ago) Permalink

His bono-dependent analysis of Ireland hmmmm

Alderweireld Horses (darraghmac), Thursday, 1 February 2018 09:57 (one year ago) Permalink

That was unfortunate. Fuck Bono imo

davey, Thursday, 1 February 2018 18:13 (one year ago) Permalink

The world needed this:


Evan R, Wednesday, 7 February 2018 16:21 (one year ago) Permalink

Paul was a great bass player, but yeah that interview is amazing

hoooyaaargh it's me satan (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 7 February 2018 16:28 (one year ago) Permalink

holy fuck this interview is just chock full of gems

Simon H., Wednesday, 7 February 2018 16:34 (one year ago) Permalink

does david marchese purposely pick to interview artists who want to talk about being pisces

lowercase (eric), Wednesday, 7 February 2018 16:38 (one year ago) Permalink

You sure seem to know a lot.

I know too much, man.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 7 February 2018 16:42 (one year ago) Permalink

That reminds me of when I interviewed Cecil Taylor. A million gossipy stories (man, did he hate Miles Davis), but he'd shy away from some subjects in highly theatrical fashion.

grawlix (unperson), Wednesday, 7 February 2018 17:02 (one year ago) Permalink

And since Bono was invoked in that first piece:


A. When I go to Dublin, Bono makes me stay at his castle because Ireland is so racist. Bono’s my brother, man. He named his son after me.

Q. Is U2 still making good music?
A. [Shakes head.]

Q. Why not?
A. I don’t know.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 7 February 2018 17:18 (one year ago) Permalink

this is amazing. 1/4 of the way through and i already know who killed JFK and that we missed out on a Hendrix/Hancock/Kirk collab likely too cosmic for this world

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Wednesday, 7 February 2018 17:18 (one year ago) Permalink

It’s such a strange juxtaposition — how Michael’s music was so joyous, but his life just seems sadder and more odd as time goes by.
Yes, but at the end Michael’s problem was PropofolIn 2009, not long after Jackson’s death, the Los Angeles County coroner announced that the singer’s death was caused by “acute propofol intoxication.” Jackson’s doctor, Conrad Murray, had been prescribing the powerful sedative, which Jackson called his “milk,” to help with the singer’s insomnia. In 2011, Murray was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in Jackson’s death. , and that problem affects everyone — doesn’t matter if you’re famous. Big Pharma making OxyContin and all that shit is a serious thing. I was around the White House for eight years with the Clintons, and I’d learn about how much influence Big Pharma has. It’s no joke. What’s your sign, man?

Me too. It’s a great sign.

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Wednesday, 7 February 2018 17:19 (one year ago) Permalink

it's like the inverted non-pissy version of "I'm a Pisces we pick up on these things"

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Wednesday, 7 February 2018 17:23 (one year ago) Permalink

Ahhh just read this via the Longform thread. Absolutely amazing stuff, man.

Le Bateau Ivre, Wednesday, 7 February 2018 17:27 (one year ago) Permalink


What were your first impressions of the Beatles?
That they were the worst musicians in the world. They were no-playing motherfuckers. Paul was the worst bass player I ever heard. And Ringo? Don’t even talk about it. I remember once we were in the studio with George Martin, and Ringo8 had taken three hours for a four-bar thing he was trying to fix on a song. He couldn’t get it. We said, “Mate, why don’t you get some lager and lime, some shepherd’s pie, and take an hour-and-a-half and relax a little bit.” So he did, and we called Ronnie Verrell, a jazz drummer. Ronnie came in for 15 minutes and tore it up. Ringo comes back and says, “George, can you play it back for me one more time?” So George did, and Ringo says, “That didn’t sound so bad.” And I said, “Yeah, motherfucker because it ain’t you.” Great guy, though.

frogbs, Wednesday, 7 February 2018 17:45 (one year ago) Permalink

And the Ed Sheeran record is great

mizzell, Wednesday, 7 February 2018 17:45 (one year ago) Permalink

Far be it from me to question someone with the chops he has, but that diss of McCartney's bass playing is crazy.

Dan Worsley, Wednesday, 7 February 2018 17:49 (one year ago) Permalink

Brando used to go cha-cha dancing with us. He could dance his ass off. He was the most charming motherfucker you ever met. He’d fuck anything. Anything! He’d fuck a mailbox.

frogbs, Wednesday, 7 February 2018 17:50 (one year ago) Permalink

seems totally reasonable that someone used to working with jazz and studio pros could think McCartney was terrible. We judge Paul on his recorded output, which could've taken him 100 takes plus overdubs to get right, idk.

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Wednesday, 7 February 2018 17:59 (one year ago) Permalink

an 85-year-old studio genius only a decade younger than the Beatles but generationally as distant as T.S. Eliot says stuff about rock music.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 7 February 2018 18:02 (one year ago) Permalink

"Impeccable time, of course he can't play the fucking things..."

Video reach stereo bog (Tom D.), Thursday, 8 February 2018 21:22 (one year ago) Permalink

maybe he had *an* impeccable time

algorithm is a dancer (katherine), Thursday, 8 February 2018 21:55 (one year ago) Permalink

well he didn't die in an average nursing home after a decade of scraping by on benefits and bootlegging his own material for beer money like Sunny Murray, so the Thomas The Tank Engine guy from fucking Herman's Hermits deffo had an impeccable time.

calzino, Thursday, 8 February 2018 22:18 (one year ago) Permalink

this paul allen guy sucks at guitar btw

budo jeru, Thursday, 8 February 2018 22:35 (one year ago) Permalink

affluent white man enjoys, causes the blues

global tetrahedron, Thursday, 8 February 2018 22:52 (one year ago) Permalink

he plays the bluescreen of death

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Thursday, 8 February 2018 22:54 (one year ago) Permalink

PC rider

budo jeru, Thursday, 8 February 2018 23:14 (one year ago) Permalink

WC Tandy

tylerw, Thursday, 8 February 2018 23:20 (one year ago) Permalink

Clippy Sings the Blues

It's not delivery, it's Adorno! (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 8 February 2018 23:31 (one year ago) Permalink

Finally got a shot to read that whole Quincy Jones article, that is one of the wilder musician interviews I have read in a while. The guy has lived an interesting life and I definitely would read a biography on him.

earlnash, Friday, 9 February 2018 00:23 (one year ago) Permalink

don't bother with the raymond horricks biog, it's slight and dull

mark s, Friday, 9 February 2018 10:13 (one year ago) Permalink

I just keep imagining being the journalist and walking home at the end of that interview knowing what you had on tape.

Matt DC, Friday, 9 February 2018 11:33 (one year ago) Permalink

When people fantasise about being the journalist rather than Quincy Jones #ilxor

Full of bile and Blue Nile denial (Turrican), Friday, 9 February 2018 13:15 (one year ago) Permalink

Some ilxors are journalists, none are Quincy Jones afaik.

Video reach stereo bog (Tom D.), Friday, 9 February 2018 13:19 (one year ago) Permalink

Considering the dark fucking shit Jones went through during his childhood according to these interviews I don't think I'd wanna be him, no matter how many cultural legends he's partied with.

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 9 February 2018 13:32 (one year ago) Permalink

yeah - I've never partied with Sinatra or James Brown, but at least I can say I've never eaten a rat. or made love to one. y'all ever played wiffleball?

frogbs, Friday, 9 February 2018 13:35 (one year ago) Permalink

imo it's better to be the listener than the storyteller when the storyteller is good at it

for all we know he's embellishing a lot and all of these things extremely sucked and celebrity is a horrible soul-crunching maw. did I tell you about the time Frank Sinatra tried to sell me his teeth?

mh, Friday, 9 February 2018 15:03 (one year ago) Permalink

It does seem like a perfect mix of truth and embellishment, like, he never makes it a challenge to believe his stories. Have you ever tried Ethiopian food?

flamboyant goon tie included, Friday, 9 February 2018 15:10 (one year ago) Permalink

Some ilxors are journalists, none are Quincy Jones afaik.

I am Quincy Jones.

Matt DC, Friday, 9 February 2018 15:12 (one year ago) Permalink


"Minneapolis" (barf) (Eric H.), Friday, 9 February 2018 15:42 (one year ago) Permalink

xpost otm lot of vicarious wannabe chroniclers of history here

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 9 February 2018 15:49 (one year ago) Permalink

We didn't talk about the GQ story huh?

"So we invited [Prince] over to Michael's house at Hayvenhurst. He came in and he had an overcoat on, and he had a big white box labeled camille. He called Michael 'Camille.' " Prince, it seems, had brought a gift for his host. "The box had all kinds of stuff—some cuff links with Tootsie Rolls on them. Michael was scared to death—he thought there was some voodoo in there. I wanted to take it, because I knew Michael was gonna throw it away."

What happened to it?

"He threw it away. In the garbage."

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Friday, 9 February 2018 16:00 (one year ago) Permalink

I totally forgot about the "Prince literally tried to murder Michael and LaToya Jackson" part

frogbs, Friday, 9 February 2018 16:22 (one year ago) Permalink

trying to square QJ talking about Ringo not being able to play 4 bars vs. Yogi Horton commenting that Ringo Starr had "impeccable time"

― vicious almond beliefs (crüt), Thursday, February 8, 2018 4:20 PM (yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

"Impeccable time, of course he can't play the fucking things..."

― Video reach stereo bog (Tom D.), Thursday, February 8, 2018 4:22 PM (yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

maybe he had *an* impeccable time

― algorithm is a dancer (katherine), Thursday, February 8, 2018 4:55 PM (yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

every time I read katherine's post I lol

she carries a torch. two torches, actually (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Friday, 9 February 2018 16:30 (one year ago) Permalink

that part where he joked about having a security system in place to keep out fat and old women wasn't very cool

gr8080, Friday, 9 February 2018 16:53 (one year ago) Permalink

I totally forgot about the "Prince literally tried to murder Michael and LaToya Jackson" part

Yep no one really talking about that. I loooved the details about that JB/MJ/Prince night though, I've watched that footage countless times.

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 9 February 2018 17:03 (one year ago) Permalink

yeah he kind comes off as a asshole imo

It's not delivery, it's Adorno! (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 9 February 2018 18:31 (one year ago) Permalink

no doubt!

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Friday, 9 February 2018 18:59 (one year ago) Permalink

be a pisces, man. jam.

flappy bird, Friday, 9 February 2018 19:12 (one year ago) Permalink

The Ed Sheeran record is great.

gr8080, Friday, 9 February 2018 19:23 (one year ago) Permalink


Listen to my homeboy Fantano (D-40), Friday, 9 February 2018 20:40 (one year ago) Permalink

I notice in the GQ interview he manages to slander the Scots AND the Irish.

Video reach stereo bog (Tom D.), Friday, 9 February 2018 21:13 (one year ago) Permalink

i never said he didn't bring up any good points

It's not delivery, it's Adorno! (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 9 February 2018 21:17 (one year ago) Permalink


budo jeru, Friday, 9 February 2018 22:16 (one year ago) Permalink

Fascinating to know Prince coined “Camille” as a tease to MJ. When you think of it, Cam-mille sounds like an inversion of Mi-cael and maybe the sped up voice was him thinking well if the high voice is all you’ve got, I can do that too.

startled macropod (MatthewK), Friday, 9 February 2018 22:24 (one year ago) Permalink

I just keep imagining being the journalist and walking home at the end of that interview knowing what you had on tape.
― Matt DC, Friday, February 9, 2018

who interviews the interviewer? (spoiler: it's meg dalton)

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Saturday, 10 February 2018 04:58 (one year ago) Permalink

GQ interview >>> Vulture interview. GQ was more autobiographical, Vulture had more crazy celebrity gossip. To each their own though.

NoTimeBeforeTime, Saturday, 10 February 2018 08:17 (one year ago) Permalink


Oh, for fucks sake!

Full of bile and Blue Nile denial (Turrican), Saturday, 10 February 2018 08:34 (one year ago) Permalink

I love guided conversation-style interviews, myself

mh, Saturday, 10 February 2018 15:16 (one year ago) Permalink

"He'd get drunk, and Jilly, his right-hand guy, stone gangster, would get behind him and break the guy's ribs. Man. What memories. We had a good time, though."

I love the juxtaposition he does on some answers in these two interviews.

earlnash, Saturday, 10 February 2018 16:10 (one year ago) Permalink

This is kind of like the PG-13 version of what the conversation was actually like. jesus

Entrepreneurial Jism Unshackler (Hadrian VIII), Saturday, 10 February 2018 16:27 (one year ago) Permalink

the GQ interview is like 20,000 words or something, the Vulture one felt like a brochure in comparison.

flappy bird, Saturday, 10 February 2018 16:51 (one year ago) Permalink

I realized I'd never listened to much of Q's stuff after having read the article, so I spun Walking in Space and The Dude. Both are true artifacts of their time, but reasonably fun listens. The title track to the Dude is absolutely hilarious though. I've had it stuck in my head for days.

Scam jam, thank you ma’am (Sparkle Motion), Thursday, 22 February 2018 20:42 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Not sure what countries this is available in (if any), but this is a fantastic introduction: https://www.mixcloud.com/SoulCoolRecords/dj-spinna-tribute-to-quincy-jones/

"Minneapolis" (barf) (Eric H.), Thursday, 22 February 2018 21:39 (eleven months ago) Permalink

that apology is great (and unnecessary?)

while my dirk gently weeps (symsymsym), Friday, 23 February 2018 03:47 (eleven months ago) Permalink

i'm a big fan of the sanford & son theme personally

crüt, Friday, 23 February 2018 03:53 (eleven months ago) Permalink

he wrote that? It may be the first piece of "funky" music I could identify (and love) as a child.

Also a fan of the score to In the Heat of the Night

Scam jam, thank you ma’am (Sparkle Motion), Friday, 23 February 2018 04:47 (eleven months ago) Permalink

'ai no corrida' is my shit

Listen to my homeboy Fantano (D-40), Friday, 23 February 2018 08:19 (eleven months ago) Permalink

which is a cover but whatever

Listen to my homeboy Fantano (D-40), Friday, 23 February 2018 08:20 (eleven months ago) Permalink

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