Excellent

LITTLE ORPHAN ANI

TYLENOL TALENT

STUPID BLOODY STUPID!

Interview

All the News That Didn't Fit

On the Record

The Olympia Connection, Or Lack Thereof

Excellent

The Numbness Is Just a Bonus

Hiphop City

WEEN ARE THE WORLD

Soul by the Pound

EXCELLENT REAL ROCK QUOTES

Incest is Best

The Rise and Fall of the N-Word

DEXYS MIDNIGHT RUNNERS

If You Don't Have Anything Nice to Say, Tell the Truth Anyway

You Don't Own Me

Summer Lovin'

Stagger Lee

Music to Lose Your Job By

Boy, You Sure Can Take the Fun Out of Music

CINEMATIC CLICHE

Stuart Braithwaite From Mogwai

Going to New York City?

THE CHURCH OF COLTRANE

A Whole N'other Level

Who Says Morrissey Fans Don't Get Laid?

ISSA ROCKA ROLL

Not Modest Enough

If Curtis Mayfield is a household name, it's due to the enormous popularity of the music he composed and performed for the soundtrack of the film Superfly in 1972. Most people are unaware that the album is the tip of the iceberg for Mayfield--and even fewer are aware that Mayfield wrote/produced/arranged other successful movie scores. Two years later, Mayfield lent his gifts to the film Claudine, this time using Gladys Knight and the Pips to provide the musical backdrop for a love story set in Chicago's housing projects. In '75, Mayfield penned the hit "Let's Do It Again" for the film of the same name, this time using the Staple Singers to great success. In '77, he performed and had a brief cameo in the film Short Eyes.

Mayfield never repeated the commercial success of Superfly; but arguably, the soundtrack he composed for the 1976 film Sparkle is every bit as musically satisfying. The film (scripted by Joel Schumacher, who has gone on to abysmal directive depths with Batman Returns) concerns a trio of women trying to hit it big in the music world. Its premise predated the suspiciously similar Broadway hit Dreamgirls--but the score has a lot going for it, including the stratospheric stylings of Aretha Franklin. The Mayfield touch is most noticeable in the title track, and in the songs "Look Into Your Heart" and "Jump"; but on the whole, this collaboration between two soul titans is as gratifying as one could ever hope for.