I wrote this song a long time ago… «valley of neptunes»
Remember Dave Chapelle’s sketch about the Tupac track that came out after he died, yet still had modern day references in it? People bumping and grinding in the club while the DJ’s playing ‘I Wrote This Song A Long Time Ago’? Real funny business.
It’s so accurate in portraying how the music industry churns out posthumously released records to make a quick earner – this month: ‘Valley of Neptunes’ by Jimi Hendrix.
Hendrix was 27 when he died, having released three studio albums and one live LP up until then. At least five albums of unreleased material come out since his death in 1970 and yet another one is added to the list. Quite a few of the songs are cover versions and on some, the sound quality is so bad it’s not even worth it. It makes you think: there probably was a reason why this creative genius didn’t want to release it at the time…
Anyway, I’m still waiting for that collabo track featuring Jimi, ODB, B.I.G. and maybe Barry White, Michael Jackson or Teddy Pendergrass doing some vocals on the chorus. Add a little Kurt Cobain or Jeff Buckley in there to give it cross-over appeal. It would most definitely would sound a bit strange, but worth it.
I’ll leave you with this thought: what would be your favourite line-up of deceased musicians?