leejohnson's current selection is:
He's Gonna Step on You Again
by John Kongos

And so to the blog "The Pop Culture Experiment", which describes itself as "A playground for nerds to geek out on music, movies, TV & more". In the section 'Cover Songs Uncovered, Music', Patrick Garvin expands on already known facts about famous songs, as well as reviewing any cover versions of these gems which also spring to the fore. Follow the link at the end of the article below to access that particular info - I'm concentrating on the original today:


In the early 1960s, musician John Kongos had a handful of songs on the charts in his home country of South Africa as leader of 'Johnny Kongos & the G-Men'. In 1966, Kongos moved to England, where he formed the 'psychedelic' band, 'Floribunda Rose'. After a failed single, 'Floribunda Rose' became the band 'Scrugg'. When 'Scrugg' broke up around the end of the decade, Kongos went solo.

Kongos' biggest hits came in 1971, when he released the album "Kongos", which spawned the singles "Tokoloshe Man" and "He's Gonna Step on You Again". Both songs peaked at No. 4 in the UK, with the latter reaching No. 2 in South Africa and Australia.

The song, which was co-written by Chris Demetriou, never specified who the man was, nor did it provide any context or story. The gist of the song seemed to be that whoever this dude was, he was a jerk, and he'd continue to be a jerk.

The Guinness Book of Records cited Kongos' "He's Gonna Step on You Again" as the first "sample" ever used on a record. According to ["AllMusic" reviewer Richie] Unterberger, that sound was a tape loop of African drums. Just as much as the lyrics, it was those drums and psychedelic guitars that helped create the vibe of the song.

[ A bit more, plus cover versions and all the lyrics, at: http://popcultureexperiment.com/2018/06/11/hes-gonna-step-on-you-again-cover-songs-uncovered/ ]


As well as its No. peak in the UK, the single by Kongos managed a more-than-creditable No. 70 in the US Billboard Hot 100 of the time.
1971 - Fly Records - United Kingdom
Posted: 8th October 2018
Born in 1954, leaving education by 1972, 'glam' was my thing, "Ziggy" Bowie my hero. I was even the only guy in my town with the haircut (though not the carrot red colouring!). Therefore every seventh selection is a Bowie track.
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