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San Jose Represent Represent
04/08/2009, 9:55 PM
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The back of the record reads: “Dedicated to all the beautiful brown people everywhere…our statement is heavy.”

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Released in 1979, Lowrider Ball Live is an album of live events that took place in San Jose, California in the mid-to-late ‘70s. These “balls” gathered more than 100 car-clubs throughout the country, celebrating cars and music, and calling for an end to violence and drugs that plagued the community. It was held at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, a spot that today holds flea markets and tradeshows (and where the new 49ers’ stadium is in consideration to be built).

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This record is especially meaningful for two reasons: 1) It features a rare version of the Mary Wells’ jam, “You Beat Me To The Punch”. It’s a clean live recording and totally kills. The other standout, “Brothers And Sisters Lowriding Around”, written and performed by The San Jose Lowrider Band, starts with a skit about police harassment before leaning into a huge bassline. I dig the fact that the one (known) recording by cats who called themselves “The San Jose Lowrider Band” is a straight funk song. And 2) NERDTORIOUS is based in the South Bay Area, Santa Clara/San Jose to be exact, two places that aren’t exactly synonymous with funk and soul. This right here is local history. And it’s funky. Hear the liveliness:

CLICK TO HEAR: MARY WELLS’ “YOU BEAT ME TO THE PUNCH (RARE LIVE VERSION)”

CLICK TO HEAR: “BROTHERS AND SISTERS LOWRIDING AROUND” BY THE SAN JOSE LOWRIDER BAND

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