Monday, 11 August 2008

RIP: Isaac Hayes 1942-2008

Isaac Hayes, pioneering funk/soul singer-songwriter, record producer and actor (amongst other things) has passed away at the age of 65.

In recent years, Mr Hayes has become more known for being the voice of the Chef character on South Park, and also his belief in Scientology. He eventually left the show after the South Park creators made an episode lampooning Scientology.

I only recently picked up his landmark 1969 album Hot buttered soul, and it's a good listen. Many of the tracks on this album have been sampled by other artists, the most notable being Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalymistic which was sampled by Public Enemy on Black steel in the hour of chaos, from their classic It takes a nation of millions to hold us back album.

Rest in peace, Isaac.

MP3: Isaac Hayes - Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalymistic [Song link removed]

UPDATE: Song links removed.

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