The Whatnauts: “Instigating (Trouble Making Fool”)
The Whatnauts put out some great 45s on Stang Records during the early ’70s. They also joined forces with The Moments for “Girls“, a great cut that was later sampled by Diamond D.
“He’s nothing but an instigating, always fakin’, trouble makin’ fool…” is the hook on this 1973 single. The song is a warning to an ex-lover about her new, shady boyfriend. It’s actually a sweet tune despite the negative lyrics about some nefarious dude. This is the only 45 The Whatnauts ever cut on GSF Records. “Instigating” is another smooth Whatnauts joint, full of nice melodies and even nicer harmonies.
“Girls. I like ‘em fat, I like ‘em tall, some skinny, some small, I got to get to know them all…”
Besides the classy lyrics, you gotta love guys with an album cover like that (look at dude in the middle!). The song, “Girls”, was an inter-label collaboration between The Whatnauts and The Moments, both of whom recorded for Stang throughout the ‘70s. The song’s a silly (and kinda offensive) homage to women [“…lovely and good lookin’, the kind that does the best cookin’…”] but it’s goofy in an unintentional way and the production’s catchy. The banter between the groups make it even more fun.
Joseph Kirkland grabbed the record years later. Better known as Diamond D, he used it for a track he so originally also named, “Girls”. It’s off Ultimate Force’s lost full-length, I’m Not Playin’ (slated for 1990, released in ’07). Ultimate Force was Diamond D and MC Master Rob. But I’m Not Playin’ got shelved (along with Rob’s boooooring raps) when Diamond’s solo career took off. I’ve always dug Diamond D’s work, and this is an early cut of his. It has a melodic feel that D.I.T.C. would abandon on their later efforts for a much darker sound.