SONG OF THE DAY Fugi – Revelations

Fugi was a funk/soul band signed to Chess subsidiary, Cadet Records in the late 1960’s. The brains behind this outfit was singer-songwriter/producer, Ellington Jordan, a musician whose music may be out there in the grand spectrum of sound, but whose name remained relatively unknown. Their music was heavily influenced by the acid-rock side of Jimi Hendrix, with a sound that captured the spacey/druggy elements of Funkadelic!

Signed by Chess, recorded, and promptly forgotten, Fugi is a great “what if” of American music. He carved a niche all his own, but has never really attained the recognition he deserved. Regretfully, Fugi only released a handful of singles in the 1970’s, before fading into obscurity.  By the 1990’s, Fuji had relocated to Fresno, where he was rediscovered by a young group of hip hop fans. His 1994 CD, released under the name Fugi (or Fuji depending who you ask), sold some 20,000 copies and featured what might be Fresno’s first rap anthem — which birthed the line “the cold-blooded city they call the ’No.”  He returned to live performing in the mid-2000s when wider interest in both Fugi and Black Merda made a reunion possible!

Revelations was originally released on Cadet Records in 1970, but has since been reissued by Tuff City on a compilation entitled, Mary, Don’t Take Me On No Bad Trip (named after one of his 45’s from 1969). It’s dark, heady and you can definitely hear Hendrix and Funkadelica echoing through this.. Check it out above.

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