One More Lick For The Dukey Stick

I am not a racist

A nervous young white boy somehow made the cut to play funk rhythm guitar in George Duke’s band in the late 70s. Were there racial overtones in the session? Yes. Were the band members racist? Doubt it. The impromptu lineup includes:

George Duke – keyboards, vocals
Leon ‘Ndugu’ Chancler – drums
Sheila E – drums/percussion
Charles ‘Icarus’ Johnson – guitar
Vocalists – unconfirmed

[Partial transcript]

George Duke narrating: “I would not have attempted this song without the soul members of the band.”

GD to recording engineer: “Okay. Gary, you ready?”

LC: “Okay, it’s Howdy Doody Time, baby!”

[LC’s Drum intro]

GD to CJ: “C’mon, Barry!”

[Song stopped abruptly by LC]

GD: “Wait a minute, I think we oughta change the guitar lick – a little bit. Whaddya think. [laughter] Heheh, Yeah? Naw it ain’t nothin’, ain’t nothin’. Who you playin’? Wait a minute, Barry, who you playin’?”

CJ: “I’m playin’ like a…”
[Charles plays new lick]

LC: “Goin’ surfin’ baby! Here we go!”
[laughter]

GD: “What about another lick. Try out something else. You wanna try it with me? Try it before we get back in the band. Okay, one, two, three, four…”

I found the video clip amusing (Funk 101 lesson happens in the first couple of minutes).

[Update: Original link was deleted, so Jump to 00:02:50]

h/t saynotochuck

At 05:00 Charles eyeballs the camera, then photobombs a group shot:

George Duke Band CJ Photobomb

Charles, were it not for you claiming to be a close friend of the late George Duke, it’s doubful that we’d have bothered much about it, but since you did, you owe your fans some stories. Did they let you ride in the same bus? Did you get to drive it? Did you hit on Sheila E? Is that why you got the boot? Or were there too many little green speedballs involved?

Inquiring minds don’t give a crap either way, so you might as well fess up.

Related posts:

RIP George Duke

Update – Charles Johnson WAS Given Partial Credit

Because Charles Doesn’t Read Here

“These are extremely sick people.”

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79 Comments on “One More Lick For The Dukey Stick”

  1. rightymouse says:

    Charlie “Icarus” Johnson. Such an unfortunate looking fellah…
    Not all that talented either. 🙄

  2. s74bby says:

    Ha ha, sexy.

    The wa wa on the base was hilarious.

  3. Octopus says:

    *bass 🙄

    Chunky’s playing is something a 10-year-old could do, with a lesson or two. Seriously, that’s nothing! Give me a break.

  4. Octopus says:

    As for the “Dukey Stick,” well, songs about the dong are nothing new. Certainly not rare. I think we should indulge ourselves in a few, just to keep the Dukester company.

  5. Doppel B DeMilyo says:

    He flew high

    Too high

    Wings melted.

    Thud.

  6. Octopus says:

    Not technically just about the penis, but there’s a reference, and it’s a killer:

  7. Octopus says:

    Penis penis penis lol!

  8. Because Milyo Bumf says:

    Four normal looking people and one hippy.

  9. trebob says:

    You know it wasn’t a good split and there were bad feelings. George Duke made a point of mentioning Charles’ leaving and giving him money.

    Charles Johnson had left the band (after I gave him money to help buy a Volkswagen I might add) and I began using Roland Bautista on guitar, who eventually took Al McKay’s place with Earth, Wind & Fire.

    http://www.georgeduke.com/1970s.html

    It’s the only point where Charles is mentioned other than a cursory credit on “Reach for It!” That’s gotta be from hard feelings.

    • Because Milyo Bumf says:

      Most likely sequence of events:

      Chuck’s getting paid by the week.
      Chuck asks Duke for an advance because he “needs wheels”.
      Duke, unwisely, gives him the advance.
      Chuck puts the VW in gear and boogies.
      Duke needs somebody quick, and gets Bautista, who turns out to be a big improvement.

      Everybody wins.

      • trebob says:

        It does kinda read like that doesn’t it? Shame no one at the swamp can ask him about the mention.

  10. Doppel B DeMilyo says:

    I find his moustache annoying.
    He looks like a 16 year old Albanian girl who needs her upper lip waxed.

  11. Octopus says:

    Nobody complained about the Supersuckers yet, so my work is not done…

  12. Octopus says:

    All of a sudden, we have a new interest…

    I still can’t believe you did a brother like you did George, Chunky. He needed that van, for the equipment. You cost him a couple of gigs, most likely. Yes, he replaced you faster and easier than a used-tissue, but the van was a loss, when the money was tight. Too bad you didn’t apologize to him before he was gone.

    • Because Milyo Bumf says:

      Buy it at the little green Amazon store! He hasn’t made enough money off of George yet.

  13. Juan Epstein says:

    Token.

  14. Abu Thread Free Killer says:

    As a monkey/see/do guitar player I can’t rip on Charles’ chops.
    Ignoring his warped political views could be criminal.
    penis penis penis lol olo

    • Octopus says:

      I barely have the requisite three-chords-and-the-truth, Abu. But I don’t try to pass myself off as a jazz-master, or any kind of master. Neither do you, as far as I know. Fatass does, by referring to his “three gold records” and association with Duke, Jarreau and Zappa, amongst others. Listen to his playing, and tell me if you hear something worth a crap. I don’t, but maybe I’m deef. Not deaf, but stone-deef. 😉

      • Because Milyo Bumf says:

        And programmer, and photographer, and bicycle athlete, and …

      • Abu Van Out of Tune Again says:

        Agreed. He’s not only wrong on most subjects, but he’s an asshole grande.

        If there is ANYTHING we cut Cheetos a pass on is the fact Stanley Clarke and George Duke, irrespective of desperation and/or drug use, paid Charles to play guitar. Is Charles in the league of Al Di Meola? Fuck no!1!11!1 Let’s stick to his obvious fap list.

      • s74bby says:

        See, now I think he’s right on most subjects and he’s an asshole grande.

        As for his guitar playing, there wasn’t much of it to hear on that track, at least not that i could make out at youtubes low quality. Yeah he was probably nothing special but he was also pretty young. Too bad for him that he blew that scene.

        If he’s smart at all he made money off of LGF while he had a chance.

        In my mind the amazing failure is PJ Media. It’s so bad that it’s almost proof that Satan exists, and from what he said it was their fault for putting the backers in control. Some guys with money pull the strings and filled the place with the most amazing stupid sycophants… oh wait, except for having good politics that’s a description of chucky too.

      • Bunk X says:

        Charles was introduced to Roger Simon and others who formed PJM by Andrew Breitbart. It was a successful venue that Charles chose to leave. No one we contacted at PJM had anything to say about him.

      • Arachne says:

        Hell, Jimmy Buffett will be the first one to tell you he’s a master of the three chords and that’s about it. And he managed to make a potload of money.

      • Bunk X says:

        Ditto Johnny Cash. Even Sam Samudio admitted he couldn’t play much, hence the nic “Sam the Sham.”

  15. swamprat says:

    Man. That clip was pure magic. George Duke just pulled it all together and wow.

  16. Arachne says:

    Why does he call him “Barry” – not once but twice?

    • Because Milyo Bumf says:

      Seen one cracker…

    • Octopus says:

      Arachne :
      Why does he call him “Barry” – not once but twice?

      Premonitions of Barry Soetero…damn, it’s spooky! Not the racist kind of spooky, but the ghost-y kind. BOO!

    • Bunk X says:

      Prolly couldn’t call him Charles, so he called him Chuck –>Chuck the guitar player.–>Chuck Berry –>Barry

    • dwells38 says:

      Maybe he’s saying “Carrie” short for Icarus. I noticed on the credits Chunky’s nickname was Icarus then. Which surprised me because I had assumed the whole Icarus thing was invented here by Daedalus and crew in reference to his meteoric blogging rise and subsequent hubris induced death, or rather derp spiral. But it seems that concept was only further encouraged by his actually having gone by Icarus as a nickname at one time. Anyone have any further info on that?

      • Bunk X says:

        The blog name was chosen as a direct reference to Charles’ nic. And in Greek mythology, who’s Icarus’ daddy? Daedalus. He kept a diary.

  17. s74bby says:

    Imagine if music was like other businesses.

    You submit a business plan to the bank for a loan, it says “I will sing about my penis”

  18. Octopus says:

    Here’s somethin’ for you music aficionados, I filmed with my own brand-new Iphone, some months ago. Seems these college punks do a cabaret show at a local bar, at the end of their semester of musical theatah. This girl is kin to me, so go easy on the criticism, if you know what’s good for ya. 😉

  19. Octopus says:

    httphttp://mypetjawa.mu.nu/archives/216678.php://mypetjawa.mu.nu/archives/216678.php

    Who says Islamists are backwards-barbarians?

  20. Octopus says:

    Oliver Stone is a despicable piece of Hollywood-revisionist shit, and I’m going to drop a bomb on him for this: http://newsonjapan.com/html/newsdesk/article/103977.php

    But not tonight. I need some sleep, after another Tigers defeat in extra-innings. And that shit is really getting old, Tigers. You guys built up a nice little cushion, and now you’re about to give it all back, if you don’t stop blowing games. 😡

  21. Octopus says:

    http://townhall.com/columnists/johnhawkins/2013/08/12/11-liberal-rules-for-racism-in-america-n1662791/page/full

    Any admitted-libturds who want to post here should be asked to discuss some of these points. Not all of them, as that would be mean and ornery. Just some of the pointy ones. 😉

    • beeeed says:

      I will discuss those points, then conquer, then celebrate. But first, lunch.

    • dwells38 says:

      They have to revise the rules of everything to give Oblamey a chance. He was always an empty suit play acting in roles dumped in his lap by the liberal elites. Now he’s just doing what he always has. Namely, reading speeches, campaigning, blaming others for everything, producing no results. It’s not entirely his fault. But to get him through an entire second term of abject lameness, the rules most certainly MUST be changed in his favor. That’s what we’re seeing. Bush could handle being mocked and burned/stabbed/decapitated etc…in effigy. This chump can’t and all his enablers know it.

    • Because Milyo Bumf says:

      I think punishing clowns will come back to haunt them.

      • Bunk X says:

        “If you don’t like it here, go start your own rodeo. I bid you adieu.”
        Charley “Buckface” Johnson

  22. dwells38 says:

    I don’t try to pass myself off as a jazz-master, or any kind of master. Fatass does…

    And programmer, and photographer, and bicycle athlete, and …

    And global climate science expert!! Ruh roh….

    http://www.foxnews.com/science/2013/08/13/weather-station-closures-flaws-in-temperature-record/

    Data from hundreds of weather stations located around the U.S. appear to show the planet is getting warmer, but some critics say it’s the government’s books that are getting cooked — thanks to temperature readings from sweltering parking lots, airports and other locations that distort the true state of the climate.

    Indeed, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has closed some 600 out of nearly 9,000 weather stations over the past two years that it has deemed problematic or unnecessary, after a long campaign by one critic highlighting the problem of using unreliable data. The agency says the closures will help improve gathering of weather data, but critics like meterologist and blogger Anthony Watts say it is too little, too late.

    “The question remains as to why they continue to use a polluted mix of well-sited and poorly-sited stations,” Watts told FoxNews.com.

    ‘They continue to use a polluted mix of well-sited and poorly-sited stations.’
    – Anthony Watts

    Watts has for years searched for weather stations that have flaws. And he points to a still-open station at Yosemite park as an example of one with “heat sinks” – objects that store heat, and then release it at night. Heat sinks can cause stations located in or near them to give off useless data — generally in the form of inflated temperatures not representative of the broader area.

    “The heat sinks are a road, a building, and stacked metal pipe and beams surrounding the station,” he said.

    • ISpeakJive says:

      Good. When that whole global warming Kerfuffle started at the swamp back in the day, it was really obvious that the integrity of a shit load of weather stations was suspect. I figured that out for myself just by looking at the actual sites and data. Chunky and the minions would have none of it, and were quite rude that I even dare to bring it up, and wanted to know what my agenda was and who was feeding me my opinions. Pure projection on their part.
      The government ran these things, and to Chunky that meant, a priori there cannot be any questioning or criticism.
      I had not fully realized how gullible and reactionary and manipulative the Culver City Madman truly was and is.
      He’s a fool and a dupe. ( Doo-pay.)

    • Bunk X says:

      There was a school girl who did a report on exactly that years ago. She even turned up a station located at the end of an airport taxi lane. Every airliner that rolled by blew its exaust at it point blank.

    • Because Milyo says:

      Why didn’t Fox go to LGF for a comment from the eminent Dr. van Quixote?

      Damn. Banned another one too soon.

  23. dwells38 says:

    http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/what-global-warming-2012-data-confirms-earth-cooling-trend

    Why doesn’t Lewdy come back to refute these heinous mischaracterizations of cooling as being anything other than an ominous sign of impending climate change doom where billions will die?? Sideways!!

    • beeeed says:

      In lieu of Lewd I will explain to you what an ass you are.

      • Because Milyo Bumf says:

        And I’ll bring the cake and beer. Party!

      • dwells38 says:

        You sir, are a poor replacement for the great Lewdy. Ass? That’s it? That’s all you got for someone who mocks the assertion based on sound and settled science that billions will die due to the GOP and Big Oil and slutty Fox News babes??? You have to have a lot more passion than that. Think of all the kittens. They can’t swim!!!

  24. Doppel B DeMilyo says:

    No Icarus geetar thread is complete without the infamous orange creamsicle jumpsuit

    • Arachne says:

      You have to wonder at the silliness of a barely known guitarist insisting on the use of his self-imposed moniker in his credits. Is he referred to as “Icarus” anywhere but in credits?

  25. dwells38 says:

    From the Smartest man on Internet’s website –

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2013/08/support-rodeo-clown-tuffy-gessling-facebook-page-collects-over-25000-fans-in-one-day/

    Well I’ve seen everything now. First, people in support of terrorist Djokar Tsaernev. And now they’re signing up to follow an even WORSE villain. The evil racist nazi clown that wants our Preezydent ran down by a bull! We must all denounce the clowns of hate.

  26. dwells38 says:

    Chunk posts on Cory Booker’s primary win solely to mock Glenn Greenwald. Obsession continues unabated.

    Breaking: NJ Mayor Cory Booker Wins Democratic Primary for US Senate
    Charles JohnsonFollow @Green_Footballs Politics • 13 hours, 59 minutes ago • Views: 5,322
    The Associated Press tweets:
    BREAKING: Newark, NJ, Mayor Cory Booker wins Democratic primary in special US Senate election
    — The Associated Press (@AP) August 14, 2013
    Glenn Greenwald endorsed Booker’s opponent, Rush Holt, saying that the NSA issue would determine the special election, so Glenn will be sad.

    • Because Milyo says:

      Pam Geller breathes a sigh of relief…

      • OLT's You Just Can't Win, Charlie Clown says:

        Which make her boobs look bigger. Which angrifies Stalker Charles’ little rodeo clown, which he can’t find to punish.

      • Because Milyo says:

        You mean the monkey that sorely needs a spanking?

    • OLT's Now, If They BOTH Lost, That Would Be News says:

      Ooh, a Democrat lost to a Democrat in a Democrat primary.

      World to end tomorrow. Stay tuned for more irrelevance.

  27. dwells38 says:

    beeeed :In lieu of Lewd I will explain to you what an ass you are.

    OK here’s a feel good story about the Climate Change cause to help fix your gwumpy wumpies. Preezy Oblamey’s creepy leftist nonprofit advocacy group born of his 2012 campaign is still hot on the Global Climate Change trail. Because you know, that’s what people really care about. Except I guess it rained er something.
    http://freebeacon.com/ofa-gets-zero-attendance-for-climate-change-rally/

  28. OLT's Three Commandments says:

    dwells38 :
    From the Smartest man on Internet’s website –
    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2013/08/support-rodeo-clown-tuffy-gessling-facebook-page-collects-over-25000-fans-in-one-day/
    Well I’ve seen everything now. First, people in support of terrorist Djokar Tsaernev. And now they’re signing up to follow an even WORSE villain. The evil racist nazi clown that wants our Preezydent ran down by a bull! We must all denounce the clowns of hate.

    PENIS PENIS PENIS LOL
    NEVER GO TO THE DONKEY SHOW
    DENOUNCE THE CLOWNS OF HATE

  29. OLT's Three Commandments Plus Another says:

    beeeed :
    In lieu of Lewd I will explain to you what an ass you are.

    With great ass must come great bacon.

  30. ISpeakJive says:

    The prezzy is a powerless, disenfranchised, oppressed black man. How DARE you make fun of him.