Steve Perry (21st Century)
Daddy B. Nice's #37 ranked Southern Soul Artist
Steve Perry (21st Century)
Composed by Steve Perry
Reprinted from Daddy B. Nice's Corner, Top Ten "Breaking" Southern Soul Singles for August 2014
9. "Live My Life Again"-----------Steve Perry
There are certain things a commentator like your Daddy B. Nice just has to let play out, even though he knows the result is doomed from the get-go, like Luther Lackey "retiring" from Southern Soul or Steve Perry changing his name to Prince Mekl to avoid being confused with Journey's Steve Perry.
It's easier said than done, and it looks as if Steve has thought better about it--to the extent of calling himself "Steve Perry" in the middle of his new song, "Live My Life Again," a contemporary re-tooling of Tyrone Davis's "Turn Back The Hands Of Time.
Listen to Steve Perry singing "Live My Life Again" on Spreaker/YouTube.
Note: Steve Perry also appears on Daddy B. Nice's original Top 100 Southern Soul Artists (90's-00's). The "21st Century" after Steve Perry's name in the headline is to distinguish his artist-guide entries on this page from his artist-guide page on Daddy B. Nice's original chart.
July 5, 2012: Steve Perry has changed his performance name to Prince Mekel. When asked about the motivation for the switch, Steve told your Daddy B. Nice that he'd decided to change because he didn't want to be confused with other artists any longer. (Steve Perry of the rock band Journey is more famous and always comes up first on the search engines when googling "Steve Perry.")
Perry--or Prince Mekel--is already changing venue spots and promotional materials to "Prince Mekel (formerly Steve Perry)."
Scroll down this page to Tidbits #2 for more information.
--Daddy B. Nice
Southern Soul music's Steve Perry has grown a unique identity, one which couldn't have been predicted years ago when your Daddy B. Nice wrote the first Artist Guide to Steve Perry. Then he was a raw up-and-comer, the "Booty Roll" a nascent gleam in his eye. Now he's a crowd-pleasing performer with the confident moves and gym-honed pecs of a male stripper, not that that tells the whole story by any means.
Musically, Perry has a lot in common with Walter Waiters, with whom he shares a groove-oriented approach to songwriting. Within two or three basic formats, his songs tend to follow familiar tempos and chord changes.
For example, Perry's "You're A Freak (Shirley, Don't Lie)," "Meat On Her Bones" and even the speeded-up "Throw That Thang" are all essentially the same song, with the same chord changes, cloned with minor tweaks.
And "Booty Roll," of course, comes from a long line of Perry-inspired. one-chord fast jams.
But Steve Perry is much more of a vocalist than Walter Waiters. Perry has a lot in common with T. K. Soul, with even more resonance at times, if less range. Perry can deliver hormone-lathering passion, such as "Share This Night With Me," which touches ladies in secret parts of the heart that even those booty-rolling hips can't reach.
With no further adieu, then, and by way of explaining the phenomenon that is "Booty Roll," please take this opportunity to:
Watch Peanut make that "Booty Roll" by Steve Perry on YouTube while you read.
Are you watching this little girl booty-rolling in her bedroom? Are you fantasizing about the cultural milieu beyond Peanut's closed bedroom door--her big sisters, big brothers, daddy and mama and cousins--and what kind of booty-rolling "they be doin'"?
Booty Roll appeared as a Steve Perry single in 2008 on a little-noticed album, The Best Of Steve Perry, that has already gone out of print.
Although it was a finalist for Best Club (Fast) Song of the year, the bawdy jam was mostly a no-show in Daddy B. Nice's Southern Soul Awards for 2008, nor was it among the Top 25 Southern Soul songs of the year.
And yet, "Booty Roll" persevered in the "field," gathering booty-rolling adherents in the clubs steadily through 2009 and 2010. By 2011 the booty-rolling in chitlin' circuit venues had become so ubiquitous that producer/writer Jonothan Burton decided to reinvent himself as performer Sir Jonothan Burton and put out a single titled, "Too Much Booty Shaking," which did become the dance club jam of the year.
Listen to Steve Perry singing "Booty Roll" on YouTube while you read.
There are no less than three versions of the song currently on YouTube, a testament to the tune's popularity, and the comments from listeners go on for pages. Usually they're of the "We booty roll in Chula, Mississippi" / "We booty roll in Detroit, Michigan" variety.
But sprinkled in amongst the texted one-liners are responses that go to the heart of the song's allure, such as this one:
I'm from Indianapolis and I went to Mississippi for my cousin's wedding last year the first time I ever heard this song & them country broads was on the floor makin it roll. Alot of our people are church folks & I kept thinking "Hell naw, I know this cat ain't sayin what I think he sayin" But when his saved, sanctified, & filled with the precious holy ghost mama heard this song she literally rebuked the dj in the name of Jesus....priceless.
djseriousbizness 1 year ago
Although your Daddy B. Nice wasn't a fan of the song when it came out, "Booty Roll" has burrowed into its special place in my musical universe through sheer persistence. Where formerly I became annoyed at the repetitiousness of the "Booty Roll" phrase, now the chant inexplicably brings a smile of surrender.
Even the vintage Casio keyboard precipitates a grin, as if Southern Soul had met up with the garage bands of the 90's or even circled around to rock and roll tunes like "Love Potion #9" (by The Clovers), "96 Tears" (by Question Mark & The Mysterians) or "Wooly Bully" (by Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs).
What "Booty Roll" shares with these jams of yesteryear is pure, mindless, Bacchanalian good times.
Perry's stage shows have contributed to the success of "Booty Roll," with Steve frequently exposing a chest as finely sculpted as the most photogenic hiphopper. He's also become a master of the pelvic thrust, the "base" move of the "Booty Roll," following Peter Gabriel and a long line of performers adept at making the front of the pants bulge.
But the motions of a satyr are only part of the mystique. Steve Perry's music, mostly uncharted territory beyond the three or four singles that fans associate with his name, is surprisingly varied and accomplished. The bulk of his music has yet to be heard by the average Southern Soul fan.
Perry has been slow to release a new album since "Booty Roll" and the 2008 "best-of" CD, choosing instead to release three singles:
Share This Night Single (2011)
Push It Single (2011)
Throw That Thang Single
None has had the impact of "Booty Roll." "Share This Night," the only ballad, is Perry's steamiest to date.
To shop for all of Steve Perry's albums, go to "Perry, Steve" in Daddy B. Nice's CD Store.
For more commentary on Steve Perry's pre-"Booty Roll" career in Southern Soul music, go to Daddy B. Nice's Original Artist Guide to Steve Perry.
--Daddy B. Nice
About Steve Perry (21st Century)
Steve Perry was born and raised in Pratville, Alabama. With the help of his brother Anthony, Steve began writing and producing music in the mid-nineties, selling records out of a car at one point. In 1998 Perry self-produced a CD called Who's Stealin' My Love, and in 2001 the CD appeared on the Bluesland label.
If You Liked. . . You'll Love
If you liked Sam & Dave's "I Thank You," you'll love Steve Perry's "Booty Roll."
Honorary "B" Side
"Let Me Go"
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