Belated Best of ’10: Fitz and the Tantrums

I never got around to sharing my Best Songs You (Maybe) Didn’t Hear list for 2010 with the internets in general in December, so I’ve decided to mine it for fresh post material in ’11. I’m posting the songs in the order in which they would have appeared in the final playlist, so if you play along at home, you’ll have heard a tidy 80-ish minutes of great music when all is said and done. Today’s tune is a slice of retro pop from Fitz and the Tantrums.

Fitz and the TantrumsWhile John Legend and the Roots brought were responsible for revitalizing 70’s soul last year, it fell to Fitz and the Tantrums to resuscitate Motown pop and Stax funk. Every song on Pickin’ Up the Pieces is a retro-sounding gem, heavy on the horns, organ, boy-girl vocal interplay, and wall of sound-style atmosphere. I singled out “Dear Mr. President” for my mix because every time I hear that insistent rhythm and those “Chain Gang”-style “whoo/hey”s, I have to stop myself from clapping in time. Can’t find the studio version of the song streaming anywhere, so here’s a version “Live at Daryl’s House.” Daryl Hall, that is. Boom!

So you can hear their great, retro studio sound, check out the video for “Moneygrabber”:

Like what you hear? Head to Amazon MP3 & download Pickin’ Up the Pieces.

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