Many of you have probably already seen this, but since the audience here has grown a lot since the last posting, I’ll share it again.
In 2001 I worked as a bike messenger in Chicago. One day I screwed a video camera to my helmet and went to work. Why not!
I converted this video to digital format and edited it down to about twenty minutes. This is the result. The other result was that my neck was destroyed the next day. Totally worth it.
This video shows a broad view of the bike messenger occupation including many of the normal boring details: riding the freight elevator, signing in with security guards, collecting signatures from receptionists, fielding banal questions, and of course, navigating traffic without getting creamed.
This footage also highlights the incessant crackling of the outdated two-way radio. Since most messenger companies no longer use these walkie-talkie systems, there’s an added layer of nostalgia here. The two-way radio audio is clear in this video. Try to imagine dodging traffic, staying on target, AND keeping in tune with what’s happening on the radio at all times.
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While RockFire Funk Express never released any music while they were officially a band, in 1973 they recorded a two-song single at United Sound Systems, a legendary Detroit studio that recorded everyone from John Coltrane, John Lee Hooker, the MC5 and countless others. The a-side “People Save the World” is a propulsive, socially-conscious, exercise in primitive funk rock. The b-side shares its title with the band’s name and is a breezy, easy-going instrumental, weirdly at odds with its name. These songs have sat in the can for over 40 years and were all-but-forgotten until the band that RockFire later morphed into, Death, became a cause-celebre in the punk community as early progenitors of the style with the 2009 release (comprised of recordings made in 1974)… For the Whole World to See. In conjunction with the release of the stellar A Band Called Death documentary film Third Man is finally unleashing these songs on the funk-thirsty public. The Hackney Brothers David, Dannis and Bobby are finally getting their due.