(Editor’s Intro: David runs one of my favorite audioblogs, Nerdtorious. He had a great summer songs post on his own site last summer and he seemed an obvious choice to invite for my series this year. For whatever reason, he leans towards latter summer jams and this one is a classic in the vein. –O.W.)
- â€œLetâ€™s Do It Againâ€ opens the filmâ€™s soundtrack, but for me, it nicely closes out summer. This 1975 Bill Cosby / Sidney Poitier film, the second of which to pair both stars, also matched music icons, Curtis Mayfield and The Staple Singers, for its soundtrack. Add to that the awesome cover art (by Sandy Kossin) and the whole production is top notch.
Aesthetically, the sunny bassline ushers the song along easily. Mavis Staplesâ€™ breathy vocals are so warm. And enough canâ€™t be said about Mayfieldâ€™s songwriting. His use of strings and harmonies flesh out so many moments throughout. The entire thing sounds like one lush interlude and really has that â€˜7pm mid-Julyâ€™ feeling of summer. In fact, the common adjective used to describe it has been â€˜summer-ryâ€™.
The title track was a single that boosted the film and earned the Staple Singers #1 spots on the pop and r&b charts. It was used on this John Legend/Kanye number and even earlier by Wrecks-N-Effect (which they made a video for!) . Interestingly, itâ€™s also said that Biggie lifted the moniker from Calvin Lockhartâ€™s character in the film, â€˜Biggie Smallsâ€™.
â€œLetâ€™s Do It Againâ€ couldnâ€™t be more fitting when it comes to summer and what it evokes. When August unwinds and summer closes, catch me thinking â€˜letâ€™s do it againâ€™.
(Editor’s p.s.: Let’s also not forget one of my favorite uses of this track: Ice Cube’s “It Was a Good Day” remix).