I bet Eddie and Charlie Murphy are upset. I wonder if this will effect the talked about movie about the life of Rick James. I also wonder if this will prompt Comedy Central to include extra interview footage of Rick James or some kind of memorial or montage on the upcomming Chappelles Show Season 2 DVD set.
James' life is one of the oddest in the world of pop music. I have always wanted to hear the stuff he recorded as part of the Mynah Birds - a band that included Neil Young. Neil Young and Rick James in the same band with James wearing a sailor's suit! People thought it was a gimmic. The mind boggles. Unfortunately, James was later arrested for going AWOL from the Navy and the band fell apart and their studio cuts were never released. But for Young and James, even wackier days were ahead.
My best memory of Rick James isn't of him or his music. Or, ahem, the Mary Jane Girls, but the lyrics of "Super Freak".
This happened on a short-lived comedy on the Fox network. The name of the show? I can't remember that, but I remember it starred Vivica A. Fox and Jon Cryer. In this particular episode, they were trying to "rescue" a friend from a "bad" girl. As they were standing outside their friend's apartment....
Fox: She's a very kinky girl. The kind you don't take home to mother.
Yes, if I remember the accusations correctly, burning a young girl with a crack pipe after beating her isn't really a "respectable" thing to do...but he served his time so I will respect him for his funky musical contributions that are still referenced by many bands to this day.