Friday, June 17, 2005

The Radars - Finger Licking Chicken

Example
"It'll make you MOAN!"
Example

Why this tune hasn’t been resurrected in the UK for a KFC ad (like so many others) is beyond me. Picture – if you will – Colonel Sanders (or the cartoon approximation thereof) getting hot, funky and sweaty on the dancefloor, drumstick clutched in his hand, grease running down his crisp, white sleeve as his glasses fog up. It’d make me buy a bucket of extra crispy (like I need coaxing….). One of my fave Philly funkers (I like to spin it next to the NY Jets ‘Funky Chicken’ on Tamboo), this record initially saw release on the Leoso label with the group listed as ‘The Radors’ (I have a copy of that too, but I like the Yew label so much I had to post it). The tune was written by Sonny Fulton who recorded for a number of small labels in the 60’s also had a single on Leoso, “CBL Pts 1&2” (which, though I’ve never heard it is rumored to share an instrumental track with this 45). Other than that not much is known about the Radars/Radors, other than the obvious fact that they laid down a supremely funky 45. The tune opens with a ‘Harlem Shuffle’-esque fanfare, and the band cranks out a funky beat (with some nice crisp, funky drums). The singer can’t stop going on about the delicious “chicken”, which must have been really amazing It was:

A. Good to the bone (ok) B. Moan inducing (hmmmmm) C. Really kickin’ (I hope not in the literal sense) D. Finger Lickin’ (of course) E. Worth pickin’

I think you’ll agree that any such chicken (if it is being described accurately) would move even the most stolid person to break into song. Maybe not to the orgasmic extremes of the Radars, but honestly, can you blame them? The Yew label was also home to the sweet soul sounds of the Intrigues.

NOTE: Some people seem to have gotten the impression that the Colonel Sanders cover above is the picture sleeve for the Radars 45 (I wish...). It is in fact the jacket for an actual Colonel Sanders LP (God only knows what it sounds like). It was included here because of the Finger Lickin'-ness of the Radars 45...

28 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like the last 5 seconds of the song. The guitarist plucks(snicker) a distinguished BOK! amidst the trailing off plucking(or is that BOKing).

6/17/2005 09:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like the last 5 seconds of the song. The guitarist plucks(snicker) a distinguished BOK! amidst the trailing off plucking(or is that BOKing).

6/17/2005 09:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fucking A

6/17/2005 09:47:00 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

Hey, hey, alright.

That's some kickin' chicken.

6/17/2005 11:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

for more chicken praisin' songs, see southern culture on the skids "dirt track date" album -

6/17/2005 11:28:00 PM  
Blogger designdroid said...

That's Finger Lickin' Good.

6/18/2005 01:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love being molested by guys like the Colonel. All those years of repressed memories come flying back when I am mid orgasm.

Darby

6/18/2005 01:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I listened to a minute of it. Is there somewhere I can apply for an award or certificate or something? Or maybe just counselling?

6/18/2005 05:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's going into my iTunes library, WITH cover art. :)

6/18/2005 08:37:00 AM  
Blogger MrBaliHai said...

Oh, yeaaaaaah! I predict you're going to get a lot of downloads on that one.

6/18/2005 08:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Worst song I've heard.

6/18/2005 01:22:00 PM  
Blogger Kerry Woo said...

Larry,
You're an inspiration and may I add a connoisseur of fine relic music!

Kudos to you on my blog - http://wonderdawg777.blogspot.com/2005/06/finger-licking-chicken.html

6/18/2005 03:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Jim Lewis said...

Here's another Kentucky fried Chicken Song:
Scroll down to song #7 on the page.
This is a jingle by Beach Boys' dad Murry Wilson, courtesy of the 365 Days project.

6/18/2005 04:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

funky, greasy: fantastic!

6/19/2005 02:18:00 AM  
Blogger Brooklyn Blowhard said...

Very cool. Great blog by the way.

6/19/2005 03:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Les Dale said...

I liked it a lot but, for some reason, I also found it funny (in a ha ha kind of way)!! Continuing thanks.

6/19/2005 06:15:00 AM  
Anonymous stosh said...

my guess as to why this tune WON'T end up in a KFC advert, [aside from the fact of its obvious obscurity], is risidual animosity from the KFC corp. that these funky upstarts would have the gall to use their bought & paid for trademarked slogan as the title of the cut ...its KFC's loss obviously

6/19/2005 06:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Cowicide said...

I've got a fever... and the the only cure... is more chicken.

6/19/2005 11:35:00 PM  
Anonymous utm said...

The guitar riff at the end is either inspired by, an inspiration to or coincidentally similar to "Baby Scratch My Back" By Slim Harpo. Cool.

6/20/2005 02:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i am "the Colonel" on MySpace....
c'mon over and get extra crispy...
oh yeah...mmmmmmmmmm....thats finger licking good....

6/23/2005 07:37:00 PM  
Blogger Tim said...

This chicken does, indeed, make you moan.

Any date on the recording?

6/25/2005 08:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the song appears over here http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:yvz1z88a2yvj

7/12/2005 11:31:00 PM  
Blogger DannyBlue said...

Love the track - thank you very much for introducing it to me.

7/26/2005 01:19:00 PM  
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11/29/2005 04:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Col. Sanders LP is just a bunch of Herb Alpert/TJB covers (i.e., "The Lonely Bull"). The jacket is by far the best part.

KFC also released a Christmas album, the cover of which shows the Colonel wearing a Santa hat and dozing off in front of the fireplace.

7/06/2006 11:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

can you post the mp3 again? I just found this page and would like to hear what everyone is talking about.

7/10/2006 07:07:00 AM  
Blogger Teckyew said...

would anyone mind to tell me the album and publisher of this song? i like it so much...

Jay

11/09/2008 02:15:00 AM  
Blogger Mr. Numnums said...

Ok, call me stupid but where is the download link ?

7/30/2009 10:56:00 AM  

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