Mack Avenue Skullgame

Mack Avenue Skullgame

by Big Chief


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Mack Avenue Skullgame

Right now, somewhere in Germany, a young mensch is scouring the walls of his favorite cult video emporium, squinting his eyes to catch the spine of the elusive Detroit B-movie from the early '90s called Mack Avenue Skullgame. Big Chief delivered its finest work with its like-named soundtrack for the non-film, a conceptual hoax that pays tribute to the Blaxploitation soundtracks of the '70s while fusing that sound with the band's rock foundations. It sounds like a gimmick, but it's not a gimmick in the manner of a white person donning an Afro. It only seems like a gimmick because the influence of Blaxploitation flicks wasn't so common at the time. Save for the Beastie Boys, hardly any non-black acts were adopting such a stance as a means of embracing and acknowledging black culture. While later outfits would use this as a ploy for cuteness and attention, Big Chief was doing it out of pure admiration. Prior to recording the album, the band was determined not to be classified as a run-of-the-mill guitar band. The climate was just about to split open for the faceless and fashionable post-grunge outfits, so the move ultimately ended up being a wise and rather prophetic move. Since Big Chief's listening habits and influences shot through the spectrums of rock, funk, and jazz, it wasn't such a hard concept to translate from brain to wax. Freeing the band up led to a loose and tight record -- loose because it sounds like a big party, and tight because there aren't any dull moments. So take the Beastie Boys' Check Your Head or Ill Communication and replace the rapping with more funk and soul. Make either of those records more cohesive, form it into a song cycle, and you have Mack Avenue Skullgame.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/26/1993
Label: Sub Pop
UPC: 0098787021820
catalogNumber: 218

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Big Chief   Primary Artist
Ed Alterman   Percussion
Rayse Biggs   Horn
Rayce Briggs   Horn
Mark Dancey   Guitar,Vocals
Charlene Danner   Hammond Organ
Mike Danner   Drums,Background Vocals
Thornetta Davis   Vocals,Background Vocals
Phil Durr   Guitar,Drums,Rhythm Guitar,Background Vocals
Scott Guy   Background Vocals
Barry Henssler   Vocals
Shorty Hooks   Background Vocals
David McMurray   Horn
Dave Merline   Background Vocals
Matt O'Brien   Bass,Percussion,Background Vocals
Kenny Olson   Guitar,Drums
Laura Pastoriza   Background Vocals
Rachel Plecas   Background Vocals
Peety Prawn   Background Vocals
Dan Rice   Background Vocals
Woody Stahl   Background Vocals
Sutton   Background Vocals
Tom Tasker   Keyboards
Donna Black   Background Vocals
Dylan C.   Background Vocals
Raquel Garcia   Background Vocals
Mike E. Clark   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Big Chief   Producer
William Berrol   Special Effects
Mark Dancey   Artwork
Sutton   Producer,Engineer

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