Thursday, January 17, 2008
So Much For Legacy Building ...
Ike & Tina Turner - I Better Get Ta Steppin'
As you all know, Ike Turner passed away last month, and my memorial post and its comments covered how Ike's legacy was tarnished by his alleged abuse of Tina Turner during their artistic and marital relationship. I ended the post on a positive note, saying that Ike was able to reclaim some of his name in his latter years, so to read this week that the coroner has ruled that Ike died of a cocaine overdose was pretty disappointing.
To counter such bad news I'll stick to the good thing about Ike, and that was he knew how to make good music. "I Better Get Ta Steppin'" was one of those chunky funk things that Ike & Tina were pretty good at in the late '60s and early '70s, and as usual, the great groove, plus great vocals by Tina and the Ikettes make for an enjoyable slab of "get down."