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"Party Till The Lights Go Out (Nothing But A Party)"

David Brinston (21st Century)

April 20, 2014: BACK ON TRACK ALBUM

See Daddy B. Nice's NEW CD REVIEW.

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March 30, 2014: NEW ALBUM ALERT!

Sample/Buy David Brinston's new BACK ON TRACK CD.

Daddy B. Nice notes: Just when you think the genre has exhausted all the possibilities for sexual double entendres (i.e. "stand up in it," "rock that man in the boat," "beat it up,"), another source of southern soul creativity surprises us with yet another.

"My baby's got a diamond in the middle.
She knows how to make that thing wiggle."

From "Diamond In The Middle," the opening track of David Brinston's new BACK ON TRACK CD.

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Note: David Brinston also appears on Daddy B. Nice's original Top 100 Southern Soul Artists (90's-00's). The "21st Century" after David Brinston'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.

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March 3, 2013:

This 21st Century Countdown Artist Guide to David Brinston features a number of new additions. Along with the YouTube presentations of David Brinston music now available by Internet link (scroll down to Tidbits #1), the About Artist section contains a greatly-expanded account of Brinston's once-murky, pre-Fly Right resume, not to mention extensive new reportage on David Brinston's career over the last decade.

Also, I've been writing tributes to Brinston's "Kick It" for years without managing to lift its profile in the slightest. The praise is always buried in the text. So I've decided, at least at this point in time, to use my "bully pulpit" to feature "Kick It" with "Party" on The Top 100 21st Century Southern Soul Countdown.

Maybe, between its placement in the Artist Guide headline and its propitious presence on YouTube, available for fans to hear in full at last, this masterpiece of Southern Soul will begin to get some of its due, not least from the artist himself. "Kick It" boasts the best hook, the best instrumental track and the most passionate vocal of David Brinston's career.

Listen to David Brinston singing "Kick It" on YouTube while you read.

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An Appreciation of "Kick It" by David Brinston:

Excerpted from Daddy B. Nice's Original Artist Guide to David Brinston (90's-00's).

The near-perfect song. The perfect recording. The perfect, if also perfectly obscure, artist.

There is really no defensible reason, other than that David Brinston is one of the most under-appreciated performers in contemporary rhythm and blues, to deny that "Kick It" can stand right along such standards as "Big Head Hundreds" by Johnnie Taylor as a dance floor jam of the first order.

The bass pounds the bottom of "Kick It" like there's no tomorrow. If you don't hear the rhythm track and it's not shaking you, you've got to play it louder. And, as if to accentuate how good the groove is--that's the effect, at any rate--Brinston holds off for a few bars and in a low voice-over summarizes the situation.

A few of the old pals--now married or otherwise tied down--want to get together again, and there's just no way David Brinston's everyday hero can bear to miss the occasion.

"I know I've got to go home,
And face this woman of mine.
But right now I got to kick it, y'all,
Just one more time."

Meanwhile, a metronomic chord change--normally the province of a guitar but here a Spector-like wash of sound--has welded symbiotically onto the chugging rhythm track, making a monster of a dance floor groove that only a couple of other Southern Soul singles in recent memory (Stan Mosley's "Anybody Seen My Boo," O. B. Buchana's "Let's Get Drunk") have come close to matching.

It would be mind-blowing if it were only an instrumental, but the lyrics--happily for us fans--are infused with uncommon particularity and charm.

"My old lady's getting tired,
Tired of my past.
She already told me
She was going to leave my ass."

Songwriter Linda Stokes, who wrote both "Kick It" and "Party," producer Marshall Jones and Brinston make for a creative trio of unusual skill and originality. But the key is Brinston's unique tenor and syncopated rhythms as perfected in "Kick It." If Sam Cooke or Smokey Robinson were recording today, their work might sound like this.

--Daddy B. Nice

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Listen to David Brinston's "Party Till The Lights Go Out" on YouTube while you read.

From Daddy B. Nice's May 1, 2010 Commentary: "Party 'Till The Lights Go Out" Never Grows Old,"

Out on the chitlin' circuit's smokey dance floors and sun-drenched lawns, hips sway, arms spread, pelvises roll and smiles abound. And those first beads of sweet sweat pop out on upper lips.

"You might be with someone's woman
Or somebody's man.
We ain't here to knock it.
We just want to dance."

This is the song that countless chitlin' circuit club advertisements have used as their background music on Deep South radio stations for going on ten years. Its effortless-sounding rhythm section has never been equaled. Brinston's sugary vocal is one of the most winning performances in the history of contemporary Southern Soul.

To read Daddy B. Nice's May 1, 2010 Commentary: "Party 'Till The Lights Go Out" Never Grows Old," go to Daddy B. Nice's Original Artist Guide to David Brinston.

--Daddy B. Nice


About David Brinston (21st Century)

David Brinston was born in Marks, Mississippi--near blues hub Clarksdale--in 1959, and spent much of his formative years in Clarksdale. In the early nineties Brinston moved to Memphis and began performing on Beale Street and other chitlin' circuit venues.

After signing with Jomar Records, Brinston produced his first single "Love Maker." His first major recorded single, "Hit And Run," produced by Marshall Jones, was a hybrid, mixing elements of mainstream, commercial R&B with Southern Soul, chitlin' circuit-style rhythm and blues.

Brinston recorded two albums worth of material for Jomar. His first album, Hit And Run (1992) featured the single along with songs like "Trouble Maker," "Love Maker" and "Dirty Lover," all of which began to garner a small following on radio outlets in north-central Mississippi. The second album was Slow Down (From The Run Around).

In 1993, Brinston recorded the single that made his brand. "Two Way Love Affair," became his biggest hit to date, although it would not appear on an album until 1999. Meanwhile, Brinston teamed up with producer Carl Marshall for the CD The Real Deal in 1997.

1998's Too Hot album (R & B) marked the appearance of That Stokes Girl--songwriter Linda Stokes (the ballad "I Loved Being Tied Down")--who would become Brinston's special muse, tailoring songs for him ("Party 'Till Lights Go Out," "Kick It," "Rockin'," "Beat It Up," etc.) for close to two decades.

Somebody's Cuttin' My Cake (METT, 1999) featured the long-running single, "Two Way Love Affair," written by another composer/musician who would become a perennial Brinston associate--Morris J. Williams--in addition to the uncharacteristically deep, smoky soul of the title tune, "Somebody's Cuttin' My Cake," also written by Williams, which gained Brinston a further underground following.

All of these albums were scantly distributed, as was his next, Brinston's claim to fame, Fly Right (Suzie Q, 2001), which created a chitlin' circuit sensation.

The Stokes-written "Party Til The Lights Go Out" and "Kick It" became major hit singles throughout the Stations of the Deep South and attracted additional fans to the newly-emerging Southern Soul genre as a whole.

The album was produced and in large part written by Marshall Jones, whose groove-heavy rhythm tracks were instrumental in its success, and published by Stan and Lenny Lewis's Suzie Q Records, based in Shreveport, Louisiana.

The Fly Right album also spawned the chitlin' circuit singles "You're So Freak, Girl," "I Caught Ya," "After All I Do" and "I Paid The Price."

The fan response to David Brinston's Fly Right and an opening-act tour with Marvin Sease led to a contract with Jackson, Mississippi's prestigious Malaco Records' (home of Johnnie Taylor, Z. Z. Hill, etc.) affiliate Waldoxy Records for the 2005 CD, Rockin'.

Despite three new Stokes tunes (including the title song) and the addition of another talented writer/producer, John Ward, on the well-received single, "Hard Working Lady," the relatively generic album failed to record a major hit and passed without much notice.

Brinston went on his own the following year, publishing the most eclectic collection of his career with Mississippi Boy. With an opening chord progression identical to Brinston's "Two Way Love Affair," the album title and title tune bore no relation to the Floyd Hamberlin-written, Will T. and Charles Wilson-performed song, "Mississippi Boy" that was causing a sensation across the chitlin' circuit at the time, and in fact the choice of name generated some backlash from fans who perceived it to be unethical.

The confusion with the Hamberlin classic was unfortunate because the S. Parsom-written "Mississippi Boy had first-rate, evocative lyrics:

"Mississippi's where it's hot.
All we do is party and drink
A hell of a lot."

Eventually, the song became better-known throughout the chitlin' circuit as "Mississippi's Where It's At." The single "Good Woman (With Some Bad Habits)" also notched substantial air play.

Brinston signed a contract with John Ward's Ecko Records in Memphis, Tennessee in 2007 and settled into a series of annual, middling, formulaic collections that gave the singer a steady but dimming presence on Southern Soul radio.

Each album featured a competent lead single surrounded by lesser "B-side' material, the exception being the best of the lot, Dirty Woman, as follows:

Here I Go Again (Ecko, 2007, prominent single "Too Many Women");

Party Time! (Ecko, 2008, prominent single "I Just Love Women");

Dirty Woman (Ecko, 2009, prominent singles "Dirty Woman" (a John Cummings/Morris Williams-composed duet featuring J. Blackfoot on vocals with Brinston), "Something I Want (a John Ward-written tune later done as a popular duet with Ms. Jody on her Ms. Jody's In The House album), and the John Ward-written "Don't Tease Me With It");

....and Beat It Up (Ecko, 2010, prominent single "Beat It Up").

Despite a two-decade career in which David Brinston created a durable brand as a respected Al Green-evolved singer and thematically-incorrigible ladies' man, his self-published 2012 album It's Gonna Be a Showdown passed without promotion and received scant notice on the chitlin' circuit.

David Brinston Discography

Hit And Run (Jomar 1996)

Slow Down (From The Run Around) (Jomar 1997)

The Real Deal (R & B 1997)

Too Hot (R & B 1998)

Somebody's Cuttin' My Cake (METT, 1999)

Fly Right (Susie Q 2001)

Rockin' (Waldoxy 2005)

Mississippi Boy (R & B 2006)

Somebody's Cuttin' My Cake (Ecko 2007)

Here I Go Again (Ecko 2007)

Party Time! (Ecko 2008)

Dirty Woman (Ecko 2009)

Beat It Up (Ecko 2010)

It's Gonna Be a Showdown (Delta Down 2012)


Song's Transcendent Moment

"Me and my friends
Meet in the same old spot.
Been coming here for so long, y'all,
And it's really hot.

I've got to kick it, y'all.
I've got to kick it, y'all, one more time.

Now I'll be back, baby.
Now you know I will.
I love to kick it with my friends, babe,
And that's my only thrill.

Now I ain't looking for no woman
Because, baby, you are my life.
If you let me kick it tonight, baby,
I'll stay home tomorrow night."


Tidbits

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March 2, 2013: The Best of David Brinston on YouTube


Listen to David Brinston singing "Kick It" on YouTube.

Listen to David Brinston singing "Party Til The Lights Go Out" on YouTube.

Listen to David Brinston singing "Hit And Run" on YouTube.

Listen to David Brinston singing "Party" and "I Caught Ya" and other tunes Live Onstage at Blues On The River in Little Rock, Arkansas on YouTube.

Listen to David Brinston singing "Somebody's Cuttin' My Cake" on YouTube.

Listen to David Brinston singing "Two Way Love Affair" on YouTube.

Listen to David Brinston singing "Work That Thang" on YouTube.

Listen to David Brinston and the late J. Blackfoot singing "Dirty Woman" on YouTube.

Listen to David Brinston singing "After Party" on YouTube.

Listen to David Brinston singing "Love Me Girl" on YouTube.

Listen to David Brinston singing "Don't Tease Me With It" on YouTube.

Listen to David Brinston singing "Two Way Love Affair" Live Onstage at Mobile, Alabama's Spring Fling on YouTube.

Listen to David Brinston singing "Party 'Till The Lights Go Out" on YouTube.

Listen to David Brinston singing "Should Have Been Me" on YouTube.

Listen to David Brinston and Carl Marshall singing "Friday Night, Ladies Night" on YouTube.

Listen to David Brinston singing "Troublemaker" on YouTube.

Listen to David Brinston singing "Love Maker" on YouTube.

Listen to David Brinston singing "I'm Tangled Up" on YouTube.

Listen to David Brinston singing "Lay On You" on YouTube.

Listen to David Brinston singing "Beat It Up" on YouTube.

Listen to David Brinston singing "I Just Love Women" Live Onstage at Blues On The River in Little Rock, Arkansas on YouTube.

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"David Brinston: A Cautionary Tale" (Excerpted from Daddy B. Nice's Corner, 2007)

David Brinston's career is a cautionary tale for young recording artists who believe the first hit or two is just the beginning of an endless gravy train of hits. 

You can spend a career trying to get back to the lofty place where an initial hit transported you, and what you thought was as easy as falling backwards can become the hardest thing in the world to do. 

All I know is I'm having a hard time getting used to the "new" David Brinston--today's David Brinston--the middle-of-the-pack journeyman, always to be counted on for a certain professional level of Southern Soul music, but nothing extraordinary or magical. 

I'm in love with the great, unknown-genius David Brinston of the early 00's, and I don't want to give up that reason for cherishing him. Latter-day fans don't know what they're missing, and, sadly, with so much of the early material out of print, you'd have a hard time convincing them of what a Southern Soul star David Brinston really was.

Excerpted from "David Brinston: A Cautionary Tale," which ran on Daddy B. Nice's Corner, 2007: To read the full commentary, go to DBN's Original Artist Guide To David Brinston and scroll down to TIDBITS #8.


If You Liked. . . You'll Love

If you liked Marvin Gaye's "I Heard It Through The Grapevine," you'll love David Brinston's "Kick It."


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"Kick It"



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Sample or Buy Party Till The Lights Go Out (Nothing But A Party) by David Brinston (21st Century)
Party Till The Lights Go Out (Nothing But A Party)


CD: Fly Right
Label: Suzie Q

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Fly Right


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Sample or Buy Kick It by David Brinston (21st Century)
Kick It


CD: Fly Right
Label: Suzie Q

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Fly Right


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Sample or Buy Hard Working Lady by David Brinston (21st Century)
Hard Working Lady


CD: Rockin'
Label: Waldoxy

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Rockin'


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Sample or Buy Hit And Run by David Brinston (21st Century)
Hit And Run


CD: Hit And Run
Label: Jomar

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Hit And Run


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Sample or Buy I Just Love Women by David Brinston (21st Century)
I Just Love Women


CD: Party Time
Label: Ecko

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Party Time!


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Sample or Buy I Love Being Tied Down by David Brinston (21st Century)
I Love Being Tied Down


CD: Too Hot
Label: R&B

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Too Hot


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Sample or Buy Somebody's Cuttin' My Cake by David Brinston (21st Century)
Somebody's Cuttin' My Cake


CD: Somebody's Cuttin' My Cake
Label: Ecko

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Somebody's Cuttin' My Cake


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Sample or Buy Two Way Love Affair by David Brinston (21st Century)
Two Way Love Affair


CD: Somebody's Cuttin' My Cake
Label: Ecko

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Somebody's Cuttin' My Cake


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Sample or Buy Beat It Up by David Brinston (21st Century)
Beat It Up


CD: Beat It Up
Label: Ecko

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Beat It Up


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Sample or Buy Diamond In The Middle by David Brinston (21st Century)
Diamond In The Middle


CD: Back On Track
Label: Delta Down

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Back On Track


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Sample or Buy Dirty Woman - (featuring J. Blackfoot) by David Brinston (21st Century)
Dirty Woman - (featuring J. Blackfoot)


CD: Dirty Woman
Label: Ecko

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Dirty Woman


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Sample or Buy Good Woman (With Some Bad Habits) by David Brinston (21st Century)
Good Woman (With Some Bad Habits)


CD: Mississippi Boy
Label: R&B

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Mississippi Boy


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Sample or Buy I Can't Win by David Brinston (21st Century)
I Can't Win


CD: Rockin'
Label: Waldoxy

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Rockin'


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Sample or Buy I Caught Ya by David Brinston (21st Century)
I Caught Ya


CD: Fly Right
Label: Suzie Q

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Fly Right


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Sample or Buy Mississippi Boy by David Brinston (21st Century)
Mississippi Boy


CD: Mississippi Boy
Label: R&B

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Mississippi Boy


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Rockin'


CD: Rockin'
Label: Waldoxy

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Rockin'


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Sample or Buy Something I Want by David Brinston (21st Century)
Something I Want


CD: Dirty Woman
Label: Ecko

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Dirty Woman


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Sample or Buy Too Many Women by David Brinston (21st Century)
Too Many Women


CD: Here I Go Again
Label: Ecko

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Here I Go Again


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Sample or Buy You're So Freak, Girl by David Brinston (21st Century)
You're So Freak, Girl


CD: Fly Right
Label: Suzie Q

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Fly Right


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Sample or Buy Bus Stop by David Brinston (21st Century)
Bus Stop


CD: Mississippi Boy
Label: R&B

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Mississippi Boy


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Sample or Buy Don't Tease Me With It by David Brinston (21st Century)
Don't Tease Me With It


CD: Dirty Woman
Label: Ecko

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Dirty Woman


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Sample or Buy I Paid The Price by David Brinston (21st Century)
I Paid The Price


CD: Fly Right
Label: Suzie Q

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Fly Right


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Sample or Buy I'll Be There by David Brinston (21st Century)
I'll Be There


CD: Somebody's Cuttin' My Cake
Label: Ecko

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Somebody's Cuttin' My Cake


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Sample or Buy Junk In Her Trunk by David Brinston (21st Century)
Junk In Her Trunk


CD: Rockin'
Label: Waldoxy

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Rockin'


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Sample or Buy Showdown by David Brinston (21st Century)
Showdown


CD: It's Gonna Be A Showdown
Label: Delta Down

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It's Gonna Be a Showdown


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Sample or Buy Trouble Maker by David Brinston (21st Century)
Trouble Maker


CD: Hit And Run
Label: Jomar

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Hit And Run


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