Song of the Day: “Footsteps in the Dark” by The Isley Brothers
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Today’s song of the day, “Footsteps in the Dark,” by The Isley Brothers, may sound familiar, but not because it’s been played on repeat constantly since 1977—rather, because of the significant samples it has led to in hip-hop and funk music. “It Was A Good Day,” by Ice Cube, takes the main riff in the song and reworks it into a classic tune, while the opening drum beat is the foundation for “Won’t Do” by J Dilla and “Them Changes” by Thundercat. That opening break is played by Ernie Isley, who laid down impeccable grooves on a lot of Isley Brothers’ tracks from the 70s. A lot of people don’t realize that while The Isley Brothers, and other R&B groups from the time, wouldn’t write the most complex songs, their level of musicianship was top notch. Not only that, but lead singer Ronald Isley always did an amazing job of delivering his (somewhat corny) lyrics with conviction and passion.
“Looking down dark corridors and wonders what might have been
Something’s up ahead,
Hey, should I keep this same direction,
Or go back instead?
I, keep hearing footsteps baby.”
Yes, it looks a little silly reading it off the page, but lines like these helped the Isley Brothers to set the standard for what a beautiful R&B jam was in the 70s.
Live Long and Prosper,